“‘Asset’ means any on-site or off-site activities; process(es); systems; subsystems; buildings or infrastructure; rooms; capacities; capabilities; personnel; or response, containment, mitigation, resiliency, or redundancy capabilities that support the storage, handling, processing, monitoring, inventory/shipping, security, and/or safety of the facility’s chemicals, including chemicals of interest (COI).”The RBPS Guidance then goes on to provide a listing of some typical assets. All of this is good, but does not provide much guidance on what ‘assets’ should be listed in the SSP. The presenters provided some interesting guidelines that sound like they should be helpful. No recording was allowed of the presentation so this is my paraphrase of what they said:
Any on-site asset that has no security measures beyond those available to the site as a whole need not be listed. Any asset that has specific security measures unique to just that asset should be listed. Any asset that the facility thinks may have inadequate security should be listed. Any off-site asset should be listed.The presenter short-stopped the question of why anyone would voluntarily report an inadequately protected asset by noting that the DHS inspectors will certainly note inadequate security in their initial inspection of SSP implementation so the facility should get ahead of the curve and self-identify the problem. This was definitely a good presentation and I recommend that facilities sign-up for this weekly presentation as soon as they receive their notification emails. It would probably be a good idea to set this up in a facility conference room so that the entire SSP team can view the presentation together. An internet linked computer is required as is a phone with a ‘mute button’. One last operational note: this presentation is made over the HSIN network. DHS will not send out the link to the presentation until just before the start of the presentation. So the person submitting the email request for the presentation should be able to access their email from the computer where the presentation will be viewed. The phone number and access code for the audio link will be provided on-line just before the start of the presentation. This is a little different than most webinars and was not adequately explained to those of us who signed up for today’s presentation through ChemITC.