Friday, August 17, 2007

The National Infrastructure Advisory Council meeting

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published an meeting notice in today’s Federal Register announcing the upcoming meeting of the National Infrastructure Advisory Council on October 9, 2007 in Washington, DC. One of the items to be covered at this meeting be a presentation by the Insider Threat to Critical Infrastructure Operators Working Group. This working group made an initial presentation at the July meeting of the advisory council.


DHS considers the “Insider Threat” of particular importance in planning for security at high-risk chemical facilities. Section 27.215 of the new 6 CFR part 27, Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS), specifically requires that the Threat Assessment includes a description of “possible internal threats, external threats, and internally-assisted threats”; two of the three possible threats include operations by insiders. In Section 27.230 the seventh Risk Based Performance Standard covers sabotage and specifically describes the requirement to: “Deter insider sabotage”. The same section also requires the establishment of a Personal Surety Program, performance standard 12, a tool to help prevent insider attacks.


Anyone that will be working on Security Vulnerability Assessments or Site Security Plans for high-risk chemical facilities should be interested in the presentations made by this working group

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