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ASIS International Offers One-Day Program on Nation’s Critical Infrastructures

Alexandria, Va. 2008-06-09
ASIS International, the preeminent organization for security management professionals worldwide, is presenting a selection of Pre-Seminar Intensives the weekend prior to its 54th Annual Seminar and Exhibits. ASIS 2008 will be held Monday through Thursday, Sept. 15-18 in Atlanta.
 
On Sunday, Sept. 14, the ASIS Critical Infrastructure Working Group (CIWG) will sponsor a first-ever educational forum that relates directly to the nation’s 18 critical infrastructures and key resources as identified by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.  This forum, titled “Public and Private Perspectives on Critical Infrastructure Protection,” will present noted leaders in the critical infrastructure and disaster preparedness fields, and will include an all-sector, tabletop exercise.
 
Speakers will address such topics as “National Planning for Pandemic,” “Crisis Communications from the Media’s Perspective,” “Developing Bio-Event Resilient Infrastructures,” and “Coordination of Resources During a Crisis.”
 
A four-hour tabletop exercise will involve all 18 sectors, along with law enforcement, fire service and the news media.  It will be conducted by a team from Michigan State University, and assisted by subject-matter experts from the fields of crisis management, business continuity, disaster recovery and homeland security.
 
What makes this forum different from similar exercises, says Michael A. Crane, CPP, executive vice president and general counsel for IPC International Corp., is that typically, private sector organizations rarely exercise with the public sector. 
 
“By introducing the public sector into this exercise, it will validate the importance of pre-planning with first-responder agencies,” says Crane, ASIS council vice president, special projects, critical infrastructure.  “Additionally, the interaction during the exercise will identify response-and-recovery actions inherent to the respective public and private sectors, thereby showing the importance of joint planning, training and exercising.”
 
Introducing the news media into the scenario, Crane adds, will insert realism into the exercise and provide participants further opportunity and challenges when mitigating a crisis.
 
Public and Private Perspectives on Critical Infrastructure Protection” is designed to be especially helpful for security managers, business continuity professionals, public works officials, emergency response and crisis management representatives, first responders, and anyone interested in providing security and emergency services for infrastructure assets.  To register for this program, and see descriptions of other Pre-Seminar Intensives, please go to www.asisonline.org/asis2008.
 
(The 18 critical infrastructures and key resources as identified by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security are agriculture/food; drinking water/wastewater treatment systems; public health/healthcare; emergency services; defense industrial base; manufacturing; telecommunications; energy; transportation systems; banking/finance; national monuments/icons; chemicals/hazardous material; postal/shipping; information technology; nuclear reactors/materials/waste; dams; government facilities; and commercial facilities.)
 
A Critical Infrastructure Resource Guide is available on the ASIS International Web site, www.asisonline.org.
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