The Office of Infrastructure Protection (IP), as the Chemical Sector-Specific Agency together with the Chemical Sector Coordinating Council, recently co-sponsored the 2010 Chemical Sector Security Summit, which drew more than 400 participants to Baltimore, Md. for a two-day event that kicked off on July 7. The Summit provides a forum for Department of Homeland Security officials and the private sector to share information. Now in its fourth year, the Summit attracted a diverse array of chemical stakeholder partners, including industry owners and operators, federal, state, and local officials, congressional staff, and representatives from the international community.
Interest in this year’s event was unprecedented with record registration numbers. Secretary Napolitano provided the keynote address highlighting the need for a coordinated effort between the public and private sector in combating chemical security threats. "Securing our nation's chemical sector requires extensive collaboration with our private sector partners," said Secretary Napolitano. "Flexible, practical, and collaborative programs such as DHS' National Infrastructure Protection Plan, the Chemical Sector Coordinating Council, and Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS), play a key role in enhancing the security and resiliency of our nation’s chemical facilities and other critical infrastructure." Deputy Under Secretary Phil Reitinger introduced the Secretary and highlighted the Department's cyber security activities with the chemical sector. Assistant Secretary Todd Keil provided opening remarks on the second day, and focused on IP's regional approach and voluntary programs to enhance chemical facility security.
The plenary and breakout sessions included presentations and discussions on CFATS; threats to the chemical sector; local security resources; transportation risk; personnel surety; research & development in inherently safer technology; and cybersecurity, among others.
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