Today was the first day of the Seebald and Associates Symposium.  Edward Seebald, the founder and CEO of Seebald and Associates, opened the Symposium and introduced Captain Kristi Luttrell, Deputy Commander of Sector New Orleans, who welcomed everyone to New Orleans.

The Symposium began with two extremely illuminating panels of industry professionals. The first panel was comprised of Facility Security Officers (FSO) who provided a fascinating look at their roles and responsibilities.  The FSO panel included Erica Acosta - Saint Bernard Port, Brian Shajari – Lucite, and Matthew Marlow and John Goebel both of Cheniere Energy. These FSOs answered the attendees’ questions with real-life relevant examples from their world of work.  

The day finished with the Captain of the Port (COTP) panel. This panel was made up of Captain Kristi Luttrell, USCG Sector New Orleans Deputy Commander (prospective Sector New Orleans Commander in 10 days) and Captain Kevin Oditt, USCG Sector Houston/Galveston Commander. The Captains shared their experiences with Hurricane Harvey, spoke about the relationship between their facility inspectors and FSO’s, and contributed updates on the TWIC reader final rule. Both Captains presented a unique insight into their roles overseeing the security for some extremely complex facilities.

The response to both panels from the attendees was overwhelmingly positive; the insight provided by the panels was invaluable. The knowledge shared this afternoon just cannot be found in any other venue!

Seebald & Associates Facility Security Symposium

June 6th – June 8th at the New Orleans Marriott

Couple of the many premiere presentations:

Physical Security at High Value/High Risk Facilities - Eric Linden, Managing Director, Integritas Security Service Inc. Integritas provides canines for facility security including bomb and drug dogs. Eric Linden will explain and demonstrate the use of dogs including a field demonstration.

Facility audits – The Good, The Bad & The Ugly - Lessons Learned From Facility Audits & Plan Development – CAPT Brian Kelley, USCG, (ret.), Chief Operating Officer, Seebald & Associates – Over the last several years Seebald and Associates have conducted a large number of audits, assessments and the development of plans. During this session, Brian and the Seebald team will share some observations, “lessons learned” and a blooper or two.

Thank you and hope to see you in New Orleans.

Seebald & Associates Facility Security Symposium

June 6th – June 8th at the New Orleans Marriott

One of the many premiere presentations:

Active Shooter –  Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent Natalie Phelan, New Orleans FBI Office – As the active shooter situations becomes increasingly more common, Special Agent Phelan will discuss what signs to look for to prevent potential situations, how to protect yourself and respond. She will also answer questions.

Panel Discussion - Cyber-Security Threats in the Maritime Environment - Panel - Coast Guard Cyber Command Representative; Cliff Neve, Managing Partner for MAD Security and FBI New Orleans Special Agent.
Recent reports indicate the potential for tragic consequences if our port facility technology systems are “hacked”. The reports also indicate that many US ports are currently at high risk. A panel of government and industry experts will address this important topic.

The FBI’s Role in Managing Security in the Maritime Environment - Supervisory Special Agent Clinton J. Morano – serves as the Unit Chief for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, National Joint Terrorism Task Force - 2 – In this session Supervisory Special Agent Morano will provide insight into the FBI’s role in counterterrorism and its maritime security association. His supervisory responsibility for 900+ FBI agents and Task Force Officers assigned to FBI offices throughout the country will provide great insight into current threats and risks.

Seebald & Associates Facility Security Symposium

June 6th – June 8th at the New Orleans Marriott

One of the many premiere presentations:

Natural Disaster Response and Security – Rear Admiral Thomas Atkin, Coast Guard (ret.) and Commander John Lovejoy, Marine Safety Office Port Arthur Executive Officer – During this session, they will discuss Hurricane Katrina’s and Harvey’s impacts, the Coast Guard’s response and how security was managed.

Captain of the Port Panel – Facility Security from COTPs view: CAPT Kevin Oditt, Sector Commander Houston-Galveston and CAPT Kristi Luttrell, Deputy Sector Commander New Orleans.
This panel discussion will present the local Captain of the Port’s perspective on Facility Security inspections, issues, and policy challenges affecting MTSA regulated facilities in their area of responsibility.

Coast Guard Policy Changes and Regulatory Requirements: Transportation Worker Identification Credential enforcement and Facility Security Plan Cyber Security requirements – Lieutenant Commander, Yamaris Barril,  Office of Port and Facility Compliance, USCG – In this session, LCDR Barril will share the latest policy and regulatory changes regarding Transportation Workers Identification Credential (TWIC) final rule enforcement and the Cyber Security NVIC that will affect Facility Security Officers and regulated facilities in the near future. LCDR Barril will also discuss facility inspection violations from all MTSA regulated facilities over the past two years and respond to questions related to current policy and regulatory issues.

Seebald & Associates Facility Security Symposium

June 6th – June 8th at the New Orleans Marriott

 

  1. New Orleans – Cuisine, Music, French Quarter, and much more…
  2. Networking with other Facility Security Officers
  3. Coast Guard Policy makers in attendance – 33 CFR 105, TWIC, Cyber, and more
  4. Demonstration using K9s for screening techniques
  5. Cyber Security Panel with Government, Private Industry & Maritime Industry members
  6. Best Practices and Lessons Learned – The Good, The Bad & The Ugly
  7. Natural Disaster and Security Panel with Coast Guard
  8. Active Shooter – Prevent, Respond & Recovery
  9. Captain of the Port Panel
  10. Free Food and Drinks at Seebald Award Reception

For more detailed information, please visit our website link:  Facility Security Symposium