Blogs

ACC ChemSecure Event

The American Chemistry Council will be hosting its ChemSecure security event in Houston, Texas on June 11-13, 2012.

Aldawsari Trial Set for April 30

The case of Khalid Ali-M Aldawsari, the Saudi college student arrested last year in Texas on suspicion of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction, is set for trial on April 30. Employees at both the chemical supply company where Aldawsari attempted to purchase Phenol and at the shipping...

DHS Develops Container Security Test Bed Solution

As part of its mission to secure our nation’s borders, the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS’s) Custom and Border Protection (CBP) must quickly and accurately monitor and inspect thousands of sea cargo containers entering U.S. ports each day.

National Strategy for Global Supply Chain Security

Last month, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano revealed the Obama Administration’s National Strategy for Global Supply Chain Security (Strategy). The Strategy aims to:

What to Expect from CFATS in 2012

As the industry looks ahead to 2012, the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) will continue to have a significant impact, especially as more sites undergo Authorization Inspections.

The Fertilizer Institute Comments on the Ammonium Nitrate Security Program

As previously reported, in August the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published an Ammonium Nitrate Security Program (AN Security Program) Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM).

The FBI Discusses Collaboration Between Intelligence & Law Enforcement

Public-private partnerships are a critical component of stopping terrorism, and an alert public plays an essential role in protecting the homeland. Three intelligence and law enforcement professionals addressed these issues at the recent Chemical Security Regulatory Workshop, jointly hosted by the Chemical Industry Council of California (CICC) and ADT Advanced...

DHS Warns of Insider Threat to Utilities & Plants

Last week, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a report warning  major utilities and critical infrastructure operators, such as chemical plants and oil refineries, that “violent extremists” have obtained insider positions and might use those positions to conduct physical and cyber attacks on behalf of Al Qaeda.

Chemical Companies Warned about Fraudulent Letters from FBI

I ran across this warning from the FBI.  Apparently, members of the chemical community are asked to be on the lookout after two U.S. based chemical companies received letters from an entity claiming to be FBI Director Robert S.

ACC ChemSecure Conference Provides Valuable Insights on Chemical Security

I recently presented at the ACC ChemSecure Conference in New Orleans. It was held May 9 - 11 and is put together for security professionals in the chemical industry.