ILTA Security Subcommittee Discussed Small Unmanned Aerial Systems, Cybersecurity, Physical Security and Terminal Resiliency
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ILTA Security Subcommittee Discussed Small Unmanned Aerial Systems, Cybersecurity, Physical Security and Terminal Resiliency

Chairman of the Security Subcommittee, Jerry Jerdine, Ergon, led a discussion on small unmanned aerial systems (sUAS).

Next, the committee heard from a panel of invited speakers from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). The panel focused on physical security, cybersecurity, and terminal resiliency. The panel’s speakers were Tim Donnelly, CISA Region 1 Chief of Protective Security; Daniel King, Chief of Cybersecurity, CISA Region 1; and, Daniel McElhinney, Federal Preparedness Coordinator and National Preparedness Division Director, with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), FEMA Region 1. The panel held a robust discussion of physical security, including how Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) are being re-evaluated as a threat vector to terminal physical security. The panel also discussed possible cybersecurity impacts. FEMA discussed resiliency and how terminal facilities can be prepared for business interruptions.

Next, attendees listened to Lieutenant Commander Jeffrey Bender, Office of Port & Facility Compliance with the United States Coast Guard (USCG) to discuss the current status of the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) Reader Rule and Program. Lieutenant Commander Bender informed the Committee that the TWIC reader rule would likely be delayed another three years.

To conclude, the Security Subcommittee had a roundtable discussion for future topics of interest.  The topics of interest are the reauthorization of the Chemical Facilities Anti-Terrorism Statute (CFATS) and how CFATS reauthorization could be adjusted to help ILTA members that only store gasoline. The members also requested the Security Subcommittee focus on upcoming DHS cybersecurity regulations, including the TSA Security Directives and the upcoming CISA regulation pertaining to cyber incident reporting.

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