Pipeline Security and Asset Protection, A 4-Corners Approach:

Corporate Security, Incident Response, Homeland Security, and Regulatory Compliance

September 25, 2018 :: Piedmont Town Center :: Charlotte, NC

Companies with assets such as natural gas and electric, are part of what is deemed “critical infrastructure” of the United States. Along with water, sewer, communications, transportation, etc., these entities are the fabric of what keeps the country safe and sustainable, with services that are vital, whether to individuals or the nation as a whole. In North America and elsewhere, threats to critical infrastructure are increasingly common, whether from environmental activists wanting to impact a project or those with terrorist agendas wanting to impact society.
Since 9/11, there has been a national, dedicated focus on security and protection of both soft targets, like malls, and hard targets, like pipelines. As such, not only are there additional resources and agencies in the intelligence and homeland security communities, but those resources have been made available to entities with assets deemed “critical infrastructure”. However, the blueprint for communications between these entities and homeland security has been slow to evolve, both in terms of knowing who to contact and in developing a culture of trust between the public and private sectors.
Throughout this training, we take you through the following course objectives:
  • What to protect? Expanding the options for consideration
  • Provide a baseline understanding of the national fusion center concept and the information - sharing and intelligence mission
  • Explore the tools, technologies, and programs available and being utilized by State-Local-Tribal (SLT) agencies for homeland security asset protection
  • View pipeline safety and security through the lens of homeland security practitioners
  • Review actual pipeline challenges, successes, best practices
  • Making it work: real people, in near real time, from the ground up 
The goal of this training is to effectively coordinate corporate security, incident response, Homeland Security, and regulatory compliance to form a cohesive asset security strategy.
Who Should Attend
  • Gas transmission, distribution, and operations personnel
  • Safety directors
  • Security directors
  • Risk managers
  • Project managers
  • Communications personnel
  • Pipeline contractor management and safety/security personnel
  • Any member of the first responder communities (law enforcement, fire/rescue, emergency medical services, homeland security and emergency management practitioners) whose jurisdiction covers natural gas pipeline operations 
7:30 – 8:00 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:00 – 9:30 a.m. Security Inside and Out: An Examination of Protection Strategy from the Corporate Security Perspective 
Corporate security in general has long held an important role for energy, utility and infrastructure companies. However, there has been a stark evolution in the past generation of the complexity, frequency and expectations for sound, proactive defensive strategies that corporate security must master. Subsequent to September 11, 2001 corporate security faced significant new challenges. Now, with the rebound in the domestic energy industries, particularly the natural gas industry, the scope of the challenges are ever increasing. In addition to the threats from criminals and terrorists, corporate management and security professionals in the energy industry must be prepared to effectively and professionally manage their approach to opposition groups, including extremists that are intent on stopping projects. All these threats may include the potential impact of an active shooter or other events of workplace violence.
Key Items to be covered in this portion of the agenda:
•Pipeline and energy industry security - Evolution in the US over the last 20 years.
•Building an effective pipeline corporate security plan for your company that meets the expectations of TSA.
•Structuring an effective risk assessment – a collaborative approach
•Working with local, state and federal agencies
•Security approaches to opposition groups
•Workplace Violence – Are you ready if the worst case happens?
Gary Forman, CPP, CFE, PPS, Former Director of Security, NiSource Corporation
9:30 – 10:00 a.m. Morning Break
10:00 – 11:45 a.m. Critical Infrastructure Information: Protecting Documents in a Post 9/11 World
Regulators are interested in transparency and outreach, increasingly proscribing notice and engagement procedures for pipeline companies to follow, such as PHMSA’s incorporation of RP 1162 into its natural gas regulations for stakeholder outreach. Although there is no way to prevent any company or asset from becoming a target, there are ways to mitigate exposure of information to those who can use it to do the industries and the nation harm. Particular care must be made for O & M activities and capital projects, utilizing outside service providers who are privy to documents, plans, maps, blueprints, etc. that can be a roadmap to devastation if they fall into the wrong hands.
This presentation is intended to impart some information for companies to put protections in place with respect to Critical Infrastructure Information, starting with the history and regulatory background, through current statutes and safeguards, and how to create awareness and a culture of protection.
Beth R Minear, President, Global Project Solutions, LLC
11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. Group Lunch
12:45 – 2:15 p.m. Help Us Help You: Working with Local, State, and Federal Homeland Security Practitioners to Maximize Protection of Critical Infrastructure
This presentation is intended to inform attendees of what intelligence and information-sharing resources are available for ongoing response and planning, as well as for project specific concerns and incident response. Knowing what information will be requested, how it can be protected from unwanted dissemination, how to include intelligence personnel in tabletop exercises, and how corporate security and federal-state-local partners can work together to effectively create a shield against assault, attack, and asset destruction will help companies put together their own security plans. Making homeland security resources part of project planning can also help companies foresee and plan for targeting by opposition groups and protesters, saving money and the project timeline.
Key Elements In This Presentation Include:
•Fusion Centers: an overview
•Basics of information-sharing and intelligence
•Designing your “Collaborative Web”
•Building and maintaining trust
•Protecting information-sharing: FOUO-LES-SBU-CUI-PCII-CVI-Need to know
•Using homeland security outreach programs for project/business planning
•Understanding perspective: HQ-to-Regional-to-Field
•Making it work: regulations and reality
Bill Minear, West Virginia Director, Infrastructure Protection Programs
2:15 – 2:45 p.m. Afternoon Break
2:45 – 4:45 p.m. Overview of the Incident Command System
•History of Incident Command System (ICS)
•Regulatory applicability
•ICS organization
•ICS position descriptions
•Command Staff Responsibilities
•Incident facilities
•Span of control
•National Incident Management System (NIMS)
•ICS forms & Incident Action Plan
•Pipeline - Incident Command System Case Study Exercise
•Review of actual pipeline incidents with application of ICS and strategic/tactical decision making
•Debrief of exercises
Glen Boatwright, Director of Regulatory Compliance & Principal Consultant, York County Natural Gas Authority
4:45 – 5:00 p.m. Final Thoughts and Wrap Up

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The location of this training is Piedmont Town Center, 4720 Piedmont Row Drive Charlotte, NC 28210. Directions are here.

If you have any questions or need any additional information, please contact us at 720-491-1173 or denise@becomekinetic.com

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Our Instructors


Glen Boatwright, Director of Regulatory Compliance & Principal Consultant, York County Natural Gas Authority

Gary Forman, CPP, CFE, PPS and Former Director of Security, NiSource Corporation

Beth R Minear, President, Global Project Solutions, LLC

Bill Minear, West Virginia Director, Infrastructure Protection Programs

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