Magazine article National Defense

Local Homeland Security Representatives Have a Lot to Give

Magazine article National Defense

Local Homeland Security Representatives Have a Lot to Give

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* The Department of Homeland Security has 70 protective security advisors spread out across the country to help local companies, public utilities and other "critical infrastructure" facilities get a handle on their vulnerabilities.

And that's all the representatives are offering--just help, Robert Winters, the advisor for Western Pennsylvania, said at the Gov Sec conference in Washington, D.C. The advisors do not have a regulatory role, and aren't there to promulgate laws.

"We are on the streets beating the pavement to provide free DHS services," he said. They let those who oversee security know about DHS services such as security assessments, which can show them how well they are prepared compared to similar facilities. They are also tasked with visiting every site on the national critical infrastructure list to let managers know that they are there to help. There are 32 in his area of operations.

One of the services offered is an infrastructure survey tool. …

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