Speaking on this, Homeland security secretary Janet Napolitano said that there were several steps in intelligence gathering
and security infrastructure taken to ensure that soft targets were not attacked by terrorists.
"On the soft target issue, you'll find most of that under the NPPD (National Protection and Programmes Directorate) and also
in the private sector office. We've had a lot of outreach, we've had outreach with the hotel associations and the hotel
operators in the past months," Napolitano said.
"Over the holiday season, we met with the representatives of the 700 largest shopping malls in the country, and we also prepared and had online training for shopping mall employees on what to watch out or, what to look for, and the like," she told a key Congressional panel on Friday, Feb 26.
Napolitano's comments came when when Benny Thompson, chairman of the Committee raised a question on how the focus on the soft targets had increased post 26/11.
Even thought the focus reduced, the threat remains, he noted.
"That's the kind of thing that provides direct assistance in the soft target environment that I think is very, very useful," Napolitano added.