Saturday, November 20, 2010

Private Sector Resources Catalog 2.0

On Thursday I informed you that the latest revision of the Private Sector Resources Catalog had been released and I also said that I would let you know about the changes that would be of interest to the chemical security community after I had a chance to do an in depth review of the new document. Well, as promised, here it is.

First, I did not do an in depth review of the entire document. I concentrated on the four chapters that I thought would be of the most interest to the chemical security community. That does not mean that there won’t be items of potential interest in the other chapters of the Catalog, it just means that I don’t have time to go through the whole thing. Those four chapters are:

Cybersecurity and Communications (CS&C)
Office of Infrastructure Protection (IP)
Transportation Security Administration (TSA)
U.S. Coast Guard (USCG)
New Programs

There are a number of new programs listed in each of these chapters. I am not going to provide explanations of all of them; I’ll just list the titles. If it looks like something that might be potentially interesting, use the links above to find a brief description of the program as well as either a web site or email address to obtain additional information.

Cybersecurity and Communications

• The Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team (ICS-CERT)
• Research and Standards Integration Program (RSI)
• Telecommunications Service Priority (TSP) Program
Office of Infrastructure Protection

• Chemical Sector Training and Resources Database
• DHS Webinar “Surveillance Detection Awareness on the Job”
• Improvised Explosive Device (IED) Search Procedures Workshop
• IED Threat Awareness and Response
• Infrastructure Information Collection System (IICS)
• IP Sector-Specific Tabletop Exercise Program (IP-SSTEP) Chemical Sector Tabletop Exercise (TTX)
• Protected Critical Infrastructure Information (PCII) Web-base
• Protected Critical Infrastructure Information (PCII) Officer Training
• Chemical Facility Security: Best Practice Guide for an Active Shooter Incident
• Chemical Sector Training Resources Guide
• The Roadmap to Secure Control Systems in the Chemical Sector
• Chemical Sector Security Awareness Guide
Transportation Security Administration

• Maritime Passenger Security Courses
• Air Cargo Screening Technology List-For Passenger Aircraft
Coast Guard (no new programs listed)

I have already written about many of these new programs. Those that I haven’t, I am asking for additional information about and you may see them listed here in future posts.

Removed Programs

In going through these chapters I did note that there were some programs that were missing from the new catalog. Three were three from the Office of Infrastructure Protection chapter that I thought might be of interest to the chemical security community. Since they are not listed in the new catalog, there is no explanation about if/why they may have been discontinued. I am trying to get such explanations and will relay them to my readers if/when. In the meantime here is a list of the delisted programs:

• Improvised Explosive Device (IED) Awareness Web Training
• Surveillance Detection Web Training
• Security Outreach and Awareness Program (SOAP)
Training Programs

There is a wealth of training programs available in this catalog covering a wide variety of subjects and skill levels. Many of them were specifically developed by DHS agencies to meet mandated training requirements. I won’t guarantee the quality or appropriateness of each of these training programs. Each will have a variety of good points and bad points that will have to be evaluated for each facility’s training requirements. But, one thing is for sure, you won’t be able to beat the prices.

Once again, if you are responsible for a DHS covered program, particularly security related programs, you owe it to yourself and your organization to download the appropriate chapters of this Catalog and take a good hard look at the resources that DHS is providing. Your tax dollars are paying for this catalog and the resources listed. Get your share of the benefit.

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