Wednesday, September 5, 2012


Yesterday the folks at DHS ISCD got around to putting a real link on their Critical Infrastructure Chemical Security page for reporting incidents dealing with CFATS. Reporting of CFATS incidents has had a space on that page for a long time now:

“CFATS Tip Line: Report a possible security concern involving the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) regulation.”

When that blurb was originally put on this page a while back it pointed at a Frequently Asked Question (FAQ) on the CFATS Knowledge Center web page (FAQ 1620). I first noted this link when it appeared on June 5th, 2010. When DHS stopped using permanent links to those FAQ back in the spring of 2011 that link just pointed to the CFATS Knowledge Center page and unless you knew that FAQ 1620 was what you were looking for it was very difficult to find this page.

I have mentioned this problem a couple of times (the latest in January of this year) so it is good to see that the link now takes one to the DHS Report Incidents page. The odd thing about the link on the Chemical security page is that it first directs you to one of those ‘Redirect’ pages that you normally see when you leave a web site to go to a site for some other agency. Don’t worry about it, just click on the ‘Yes’ button and you go to the correct DHS web page. Of course, it would be nice if the extra click were not necessary.
BTW: That page has other useful incident reporting numbers on it as well; Security Managers would do well to keep the link handy.

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