Wednesday, August 30, 2023

2023 Chemical Sector Security Summit – 8-30-23 – Morning Sessions

The second day of the 2023 Chemical Sector Security Summit opened this morning in Arlington, VA. The morning keynote continued the CFATS reauthorization mantra from CISA by Dr. David Mussington, Executive Assistant Director, Infrastructure Security, CISA. The keynote was followed by a session closed to the press (myself included) for a presentation by the FBI on Unmanned System Threat Overview.

Interesting set of presentations on “Extreme Weather Threats to Chemical Security”. Sunny Wescott, CISA’s [corrected 9-8-23 23:03 EDT] lead meteorologist, had a fact filled presentation on how recent increases in extreme weather events across the country have impacted facility safety and security. She included a little noted impact on cyber issues, particularly at data centers, heat and cooling. She blew through this presentation pretty quickly, but it was a lot of information to get through in a short period of time.

Remaining online presentations for today:

• Academic Perspective: Terrorist Organizations and Tactics,

• A Community-Oriented Approach to Security Management,

• Artificial Intelligence and Advancing Technology, and

• Mass Attacks in Public Spaces.

I do want to mention a presentation late this afternoon that will not be presented online: Cyber Threats Facing the Chemical Sector. The presenters include Carole Kelliher the Deputy Program Manager for CISA’s CyberSentry program. CyberSentry is a CISA-managed threat detection and monitoring capability, governed by an agreement between CISA and voluntarily-participating critical infrastructure partners who operate significant systems supporting National Critical Functions.


Sunny Wescott said...

Sunny Wescott is CISA's Lead Meteorologist, not FEMA's. Just a note from Sunny :)

PJCoyle said...

My apologies, it has been corrected. I really did like your presentation.

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