“The Acting Secretary of Homeland
Security has issued a National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS) Bulletin due to
a heightened threat environment across the United States, which DHS believes
will persist in the weeks following the successful Presidential
Inauguration. Information suggests that
some ideologically-motivated violent extremists with objections to the exercise
of governmental authority and the presidential transition, as well as other
perceived grievances fueled by false narratives, could continue to mobilize to
incite or commit violence.”
Anyone responsible for facility security needs to read the
bulletin and so probably should everyone else.
The bulletin is expected to remain in effect
through April 30th.
A quick reminder about the NTAS system. It provides three
different advisory levels depending on the specificity of the information available.
The three different levels are:
• Bulletin – Describes current developments
or general trends regarding threats of terrorism.
• Elevated Alert – Warns of a
credible terrorism threat against the United States.
• Imminent Alert- Warns of a
credible, specific and impending terrorism threat against the United States.
NTAS Bulletin and CFATS
There is currently nothing on either the home
page for the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) program or
the CFATS Knowledge Center about this
specific NTAS Bulletin. The CFATS Knowledge Center does have a FAQ about the
NTAS system (FAQ #1724) that was most
recently updated on November 24th, 2020. The response to that
FAQ notes that CFATS covered facilities would have different response
requirements under alerts and bulletins. Since bulletins do not provide specific
threat information, that FAQ response explains that: “CFATS facilities should
monitor the system for Bulletins for situational awareness and may use their
best judgement to apply the information posted as applicable to the facility.”
Earlier this month I published two blog posts that address
topics discussed in the “Details” portion of today’s bulletin. Those two posts
There is a possibility that, as more specific threat information
becomes available, applicable CFATS facilities could be notified directly by
the CISA’s Infrastructure Security Compliance Division (ISCD) or directly through
the Chemical Security Inspector responsible for oversight at the facility.
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