Tuesday, March 6, 2018

ISCD Publishes Two New Fact Sheets – 03-06-18

Today the DHS Infrastructure Security Compliance Division (ISCD) published two new fact sheets on the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) Knowledge Center. They dealt with reporting significant incidents (Risk Based Performance Standards 15 and 16) and detect and delay attacks (multiple RBPS).

Significant Incidents

This fact sheet emphasizes that what will be ‘a significant incident’ will vary with the types of facilities and the COI found at each facility. It does provide a generic description of significant incidents; one that would likely “include events that arise based on intentional threats that attempt to, or successfully circumvent a security measure”; several broad examples are provided.

The fact sheet also provides general guidance about whom to contact and when to contact them for various types of incidents, both physical and cyber. Interestingly, there is no mention of contacting the FBI, though that is mentioned in the RBPS Guidance Document (pg 109) as a possible law enforcement point of contact. It is also odd that there is no requirement for a post incident report to ISCD; this would allow for prompt information sharing with other covered facilities.

Detect and Delay Attacks

This fact sheet conducts a brief overview of the importance of early detection of a potential attack and delaying the progress of the attack to allow time for an appropriate security response to stop a successful attack. While these detect and delay activities are partially addressed in a number of the RBPS, the most detailed coverage is found in RPBS #4; Deter, Detect and Delay.

Unfortunately, neither the RPBS Guidance document nor this fact sheet include any discussion of the possible precursor signs that might be an indicator of a future attack; obviously the best time to detect the attack. I discussed these precursors a number of years ago (The Michigan State Police video is still on YouTube).

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