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Funding Uncertainties Surround CFATS, Other DHS Security Programs

Coming into effect in 2007, the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) program initiated the first-ever security regulation of the chemical sector. Yet progress in legislating and implementing CFATS has proven much slower than expected. To learn more about federal funding concerns with CFATS and other security-related programs created in the wake of 9/11, SSI spoke with Don Erickson, director of government relations for the Security Industry Association (SIA).

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Explain the imperative to focus in IT where government agencies are concerned.

SIA and the industry need to strengthen our value proposition to the IT community within federal agencies and make them more aware of the nuances with physical security and technologies. We are not there yet. Sometimes there is collaboration, sometimes there are still stovepipes, but we see signs of the gap being bridged a little bit. For example, we see the Federal CIO Council showing more interest in access control systems and the relationships with networks and convergence issues. Cloud computing is helping to foster greater coordination.

The components of DHS are not going to be fully integrated. It is going to take a long time until you see the culture change. That is what all the stakeholders face — the culture change of convergence and people within federal agencies being comfortable working with both sides of the house, physical security and IT.

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Rodney Bosch
Although Bosch’s name is quite familiar to those in the security industry, his previous experience has been in daily newspaper journalism. Prior to joining SECURITY SALES & INTEGRATION in 2006, he spent 15 years with the Los Angeles Times, where he performed a wide assortment of editorial responsibilities, including feature and metro department assignments as well as content producing for Bosch is a graduate of California State University, Fresno with a degree in Mass Communication & Journalism. In 2007, he successfully completed the National Burglar and Fire Alarm Association’s National Training School coursework to become a Certified Level I Alarm Technician.
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