DHS Plans for 2011 Chemical Sector Security Summit

Plans are under way for the DHS 2011 Chemical Sector Security Summit. The event will be held in Baltimore on July 6th & 7th, and is sponsored by the Office of Infrastructure Protection (IP) and the Chemical Sector Coordinating Council. The Summit provides a forum for education and sharing of ideas about chemical security. It's the place to hear about the latest changes, regulations and effective solutions. Obviously a big part of the discussion includes CFATS and MTSA.

This will be the fifth annual Summit. Last year we saw a real bump in attendance. It was great to see so much interest in the topic and I think most everyone found it useful. I know that I did. Janet Napolitano, who heads up DHS, was one of the featured speakers and discussed the necessary partnership between the public and private sectors to protect our critical infrastructure.

According to DHS here are some of the topics scheduled for the Summit in 2011:

• Chemical Security Regulations Update
• All-hazards approach for safety, security & resilience
• Cybersecurity
• Industry best practices

Another important thing about these events is that people involved in chemical facility security get the chance to meet and interact with DHS officials. That can go a long way to help understand the CFATS process and how to maneuver through it. I would also imagine that there will be some clarification this time on pending issues and a lot of discussion about how to remain compliant.

DHS also has scheduled a demonstration the day before the Summit on July 5th and two workshops on July 8th. DHS is not publicizing what it will be demonstrating yet, but the workshops will be on explosives and another one tentatively on an introduction to control systems security. The agenda and registration info will be released this spring. Check back with DHS then and I will also try to provide the latest info here.

Did you attend the Summit in July 2010? What did you think? Are you planning to attend in 2011?

 

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