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What to Expect from the 2017 Chemical Sector Security Summit

DHS Director David Wulf

The 11th annual Chemical Sector Security Summit, cosponsored by the Department of Homeland Security (National Protection and Programs Directorate, Office of Infrastructure Protection) and the Chemical Sector Coordinating Council, will be held July 19-21, 2017. 

For the first time, the Summit will take place outside of the national capital region, in Houston.  

The Summit has always served as an example of the growing public-private partnership bringing together industry stakeholders and government experts in the field of national security. The sessions have provided participants with the opportunity to engage in face-to-face discussions and share the latest in security best practices and lessons learned.   

This year is no different, with sessions covering a broad range of topics from security roles during a disaster and what to do in the event of an active shooter, to analyzing evolving threats in the chemical sector and understanding the internet of things.

Several of the updates will focus on the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards program and its latest updates such as the enhanced tiering methodology used to identify high-risk chemical facilities.  In addition, Summit sessions will delve into personnel surety, future plans, lessons learned, and what to expect during an inspection.

Because it has become an essential part of chemical security, cybersecurity will be addressed across several sessions during the Summit. Tools and resources will be shared to help assess cybersecurity vulnerability and risk, and a live demonstration will show the effects of a hack on a facility--and share tips for securing it.

Other topics to look for at the Summit will include transportation security as it relates to the chemical sector, operation and security considerations of unmanned aircraft systems (also known as drones) and as chemical security does not stop at the border, speakers will offer an overview of the efforts to develop a global culture of chemical security.   

For these and other topics, please register to attend the Summit at: www.dhs.gov/chemical-sector-security-summit.

Contact chemicalsummitreg@hq.dhs.gov with any questions.

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