DOD details findings from chemical security summit

The Department of Defense issued a report on Tuesday detailing the Annual Chemical Sector Security Summit that took place this past week in Alexandria, Virginia. 

The summit brought approximately 500 representatives from governmental agencies and other stakeholders across the country. The summit provides an opportunity for both public and private industry representatives together and allows them to share information and resources that aim to bring progress toward providing better overall security to the nation.

Amy Pope, deputy homeland security adviser and deputy assistant to the president to the National Security Council, delivered the keynote address and spoke of the role that the private sector plays in the national and homeland security arenas.

The focus of a portion of the event was the dynamic nature of threats. Presenters from the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Office of Intelligence and Analysis and the Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team discussed the potential for domestic extremism and terror threats.

According to the report, this led to the discussion of the Chemical Sector Security Plan for 2015 which aims to ensure the security of chemical facilities through collaboration between companies and the federal government.

Participants were also updated on the Protecting and Securing Chemical Facilities from Terrorist Attacks Act and its program's maturation. This has allowed DHS to work with industry experts in identifying chemical facilities with high risks and to work with them to become more secure.

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