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Breakout Session 1.1

  • The Commons Hotel- Think 615 South Washington Avenue Minneapolis, MN, 55415 United States (map)

Food, Agriculture, and Corporate Vulnerability


The Department of Homeland Security's Pre-Harvest Agroterrorism Risk Model (PHARM)

Scott White- Bioterrorism/Integrated Terrorism Risk Assessment Program Manager, Department of Homeland Security, Science and Technology Directorate

The Department of Homeland Security, Science and Technology (S&T) Directorate conducts several WMD Terrorism Risk Assessments (TRAs), including the Bioterrorism Risk Assessment (BTRA), Chemical Terrorism Risk Assessment (CTRA), and an Integrated chemical, biological, radiological, and improvised nuclear Terrorism Risk Assessment (ITRA), all of which address terrorism attack scenarios using food to attack humans. The Pre-Harvest Agroterrorism Risk Model (PHARM) is being developed as an extension of the BTRA to incorporate the risk of an economically motivated biological terrorist attack on agricultural commodities. This talk will address overall goals, and include updates on current status and future development plan.

Brief Bio
Dr. White manages the Bioterrorism Risk Assessment and Integrated (chemical, biological, radiological and improvised nuclear) Risk Assessment programs for the Science and Technology Directorate at the Department of Homeland Security. These assessments are used to inform the most efficient distribution of protection, prevention, mitigation, response and recovery assets across the Homeland Enterprise against potential terrorist attacks of the greatest risk.     


The Chemical Terrorism Risk Assessment: Version 5.0 Updates

Carol Brevett- Principal Scientist, Leidos

The Chemical Security Analysis Center (CSAC) is the Department of Homeland Security's primary resource for conducting science-based risk analysis and characterization of the threat posed to the nation from an intentional release of toxic chemicals in a populated area. One CSAC program is the Chemical Terrorism Risk Assessment (CTRA), a biennial assessment of risk associated with a catastrophic release of chemicals. The CTRA is a probabilistic risk assessment that allows the threat, vulnerability, consequences, mitigation techniques and their associated uncertainties to be processed together to yield a comprehensive evaluation of risk to the nation for the compounds of concern. This talk will briefly summarize the CTRA, highlight CTRA 5.0 results, and introduce the IAAT.

Brief Bio
Dr. Carol Brevett has worked for Leidos at CSAC on the Chemical Terrorism Risk Assessment (CTRA), where she performed targeted analyses for stakeholders, collected and analyzed pertinent input data for the CTRA.  She previously determined the degradation rates and products formed by chemical warfare agents on environmental substrates using liquid and solid state Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) spectroscopy; and prior to that developed new metal oxide pigments for the coatings, polymer, cosmetics and paper markets. Dr. Brevett has a Ph. D. in Inorganic Chemistry from Iowa State University, Ames, IA and a B. Sc. (Hons.) from Queen's University at Kingston, Ontario, Canada.


The Globalization of Vulnerability Assessment and FSMA’s IA Rule

Gustavo Herman- Senior Manager Security International, The Hershey Company

Many Fortune 500 companies face distributed risk in a variety of countries and cultures. Both local and global are relevant business perspectives, since the local view provides agility and invaluable insights on threats/opportunities, while global holistic governance provides compliance, consistency, and resource efficiency. Attendees will identify critical elements to assess, manage, & mitigate risk, while addressing complex challenges from the new FSMA IA rule, in seamless collaboration with experts in cybersecurity, food sciences, physical security, private investigations, and emergency management.

Brief Bio
Gustavo Herman has over 15 years of experience enabling growth and competitive advantage through risk management/mitigation for transnational organizations, including the protection of two iconic food brands (Fortune 100 & 500). His academic background includes a master's degree in global management, a bachelor's degree on information security engineering, and various college degrees in business administration, economics, accounting, and liberal arts and is certified as a CPP (ASIS International) and CRISK (ISACA).

Earlier Event: May 3
Food For Thought
Later Event: May 3
Breakout Session 1.2