ANSI Homeland Security Standards Panel examines progress, looks forward.
Press Release Summary:
November 30, 2011 - At Tenth Plenary Meeting, ANSI Homeland Security Standards Panel examined progress made over past decade and discussed path forward. Keynote speaker Adam K. Theil, fire chief for Alexandria, VA, acknowledged role standards play in enabling first responders to coordinate activities in emergency environments. Chris Dubay, VP and chief engineer at NFPA, moderated discussion examining standards that have been developed to respond to potential terrorist threats, others on horizon, and gaps that exist.
Original Press Release
A Decade after 9/11, ANSI Homeland Security Standards Panel Examines Past Achievements and Charts Path Forward
Press release date: November 28, 2011
In the first panel of the day, Chris Dubay, vice president and chief engineer at the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), moderated a discussion examining some of the standards that have been developed to respond to potential terrorist threats, others that are on the horizon, and gap areas that still exist. Items discussed included standards and guidance documents addressing CBRNE (chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosives) threats, including the National Strategy for CBRNE Standards, standards from ASTM International, and the Stakeholders Panel on Agent Detection Assays (SPADA), as well as NFPA standards for first responders. An "All Hazards" Standards Approach
Dan Bart of Valley View Corporation moderated a panel focused on hazards standards, including those that have been published, those under development, and gap areas that may exist. Among the topics discussed were biometric identification standards, the Digital Imaging and Communications in Security (DICOS) standard from NEMA, and initiatives within the water sector to ensure a secure and resilient drinking water and wastewater infrastructure. Re-emphasizing Risk Management
Joseph S. Broz, Ph.D., managing partner at Defense Capital Advisors, LLC, served as the moderator for a panel addressing how the standards community has leveraged a risk management approach for supply chain security and other homeland security areas. According to panelists, it is critical for organizations to invest in proactive, preventative controls for risk management to ensure business continuity. Participants explored such tools as the Voluntary Private Sector Preparedness Accreditation & Certification Program (PS-Prep), the Red Cross Ready Rating Program, and ISO 28000:2007, Specification for security management systems for the supply chain. Charting the Path Forward
Gordon Gillerman, director of the standards services group at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), moderated a session examining current international, regional, and industry initiatives that are paving the way forward for continued security. According to the panel, international harmonization on standards and conformity assessment activities is vital to global security. And while public-private-sector partnerships are largely in place to develop standards, test methods and conformity assessment programs are still needed. Panelists agreed that the business case for standards needs to be emphasized to end users in order to engage them in the standards development process. The panel also identified the need to engage the insurance industry, the small business community, and other stakeholders less represented in the standards development process in order to move forward with the successful development and adoption of standards. The presentations from the plenary meeting are available in the ANSI-HSSP library. A final report detailing findings and recommendations from the workshop will be published in the coming weeks. For more information on the work of the ANSI-HSSP, visit www.ansi.org/hssp. The Tenth Plenary meeting of the ANSI-HSSP was sponsored by National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the Homeland Security Studies and Analysis Institute.