The second day of the Seebald and Associates Symposium began with a recap of day one in remarks from Edward Seebald, the founder and CEO of Seebald and Associates.
Day two began with a presentation from LCDR Yamaris Barril, USCG Office of Port and Facility Compliance, providing the latest in policy and regulatory changes regarding Transportation Workers Identification Credential (TWIC). Additionally, LCDR Barril spoke about the cyber security NVIC that will affect your regulated facility and your FSPs. Her presentation highlighted the USCG’s cyber strategy including the three priorities of defending cyberspace, enabling operations and protecting operations. She also shared the top five MTSA enforcement activities for 2017:
- Security measures for access control.
- Security measures for restricted areas.
- Facility Security Plans (FSP) – amendments and audits.
- Drill and Exercise requirements.
- Owner and Operator requirements.
LCDR Barill answered an array of questions, which equipped the attendees with the latest updates for these important topics.
Special Agent Natalie Phelan and Special Agent Clinton J. Morano represented the FBI here at the Seebald Symposium. SA Phelan discussed active shooter incidents. She spoke about signs to look for to help prevent potential situations, how to protect yourself and respond to these incidents. SA Morano spoke about the FBI’s role in counterterrorism and its maritime security mission.
Integritas Security Service Managing Director, Eric Linden, discussed the use of canines in the maritime security arena. Eric demonstrated the amazing capabilities of his canine teams and the many ways they are used in facility security.
The afternoon panel presented the very timely subject, cyber security threats in the maritime environment. The panel consisted of Cliff Neve, MAD Security, Commander H. “Lars” McCarter, USCG Cyber Command, Matt Ramey, FBI, and Nick Andersen, former Navy/USCG Intelligence CIO. The panelists provided insights on cyber protection measures, and what FSOs must do to enhance their facility’s cyber security posture.
The day ended with a keynote speech by Captain Thomas Kaminski, Chief of Prevention for the US Coast Guard District 8. Captain Kaminski spoke about the connection the USCG has to industry. He shared the issues discovered in Eighth Coast Guard District (e.g., inaccurate FSPs, poor badging protocols, vague/optional FSP language (i.e., use of “may” vs. “shall”), and poor Facility Security Assessments). Captain Kaminski answered several questions from the attendees covering a variety of pertinent topics.