Monday, November 1, 2010

DHS CSAT Webinars

Today DHS updated their CFATS Knowledge Center page by adding a small, but potentially very important item to the ‘Latest News’ section of the main page. That note reads:

“Weekly CSAT-SSP Webinars will soon be open to any CFATS facility with an outstanding SSP, please refer to this site for an update to this announcement. Webinars are currently held each Wednesday from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM EST and 2:00 to 4:00 PM EST.”
I’ll be watching for the details when they become available. In the mean time, if I were having problems getting my head around my SSP, I would contact the CFATS Helpline (866-323-2957, Monday-Friday 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., Eastern Time) to see if you could get signed up for the next Wednesday webinar.

Ideally you want to get your CSAT team together in one place to observe and participate in the webinar. Get a conference room with a big screen or a digital projector, a conference phone and sign on to the webinar. Make sure you have one person asking the questions for the group at the end of the seminar, it will make things go smoother and ensure that the most important questions get asked and answered.

Without a doubt the question answer period at the end of these webinars is the most valuable portion of the presentation (though in my experience DHS puts out good information in their presentations).

If you don’t have an approved SSP then you need to take DHS up on this very valuable resource.

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