2011 Chemical Sector Security Summit and Expo Recap
July 5 - July 7, 2011
The 2011 Chemical Sector Security Summit and Expo, co-funded by SOCMA and cosponsored by the Department of Homeland Security and the Chemical Sector Coordinating Council, was held July 5-7, 2011 in Baltimore, MD. A record number, of close to 700 registrants and exhibitors joined the event, including chemical industry experts, federal government officials, security consultants and others. Notable speakers for the summit included Deputy Secretary Jane Holl Lute of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
Those guests who arrived in Baltimore the night before the summit were welcomed to a networking reception in the expo hall, after which SOCMA members attended an appreciation dinner at Dalesio’s in downtown Baltimore. Members were able to relax after a long day and network with one another and talk to SOCMA staff.
The first summit day, July 6, opened with remarks by Deputy Secretary Lute, who gave an impassioned keynote address that stressed the importance of the partnership between industry and government. In its eight-year existence, Lute said DHS has made progress, defined its work and can say that the homeland is secure.
“Going into the 10th anniversary of 9/11, we’re trying to create a place where our way of life can thrive,” Lute said. “Despite the death of Osama bin Laden, there are still determined terrorists out there,” she said. “The U.S. remains a key target, and we have to remain vigilant.”
Lute also said that everyone has a voice in homeland security. “It takes each of us to secure the homeland. It’s important to share information for the value that it brings and the cues it gives us to develop trends. It improves our ability to do what we do.”
The Summit continued with featured talks about threats to the homeland and chemical sector, the status of Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) compliance and site tiering assignments, and real-world examples of chemical theft and diversion and how to mitigate them. These were followed by afternoon breakout sessions on surface transportation security, a Coast Guard presentation, suspicious activity reporting, an interesting session on tactics and techniques used by terrorists, and many more.
The day concluded with a second networking reception, held once again in the expo hall.
Highlights of the second summit day, July 7, included a visually engaging presentation from FBI experts in explosives and chemical weapons who provided a synopsis of terrorist threats utilizing commercial materials; a session about the do’s and don’ts concerning Chemical-terrorism Vulnerability Information (CVI); a discussion with congressional committee staff overseeing security legislation; and presentations on lessons learned from actual cyber attacks, personnel surety, the inspections process, and general compliance issues.
About a half dozen SOCMA members shared information about their businesses with attendees as part of the Chemical Sector Security Expo. SOCMA members participating in the expo included ADT, G4S, Huffmaster, Securitas, Senstar and SIEMENS.
A big thank-you also goes out to all of this year’s sponsors including ADT, ARINC, Bloomberg Government, Chartis, NPRA, Securitas, The Fertilizer Institute and Waterfall Security.
We at SOCMA hope you were able to attend, and are looking forward to seeing you at the 2012 Chemical Sector Security Summit.