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DHS Security Plan Edit Decision Tool

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has published a new resource to help facilities determine whether they should edit their existing Site Security Plan (SSP) or Alternative Security Program (ASP) after receiving a new Chemical Security Assessment Tool (CSAT) 2.0 Tier Letter. The “Decision Tool” resource is in the form of a flowchart with yes/no questions that guide facilities to scenarios where DHS recommends editing an SSP or ASP.

The Decision Tool groups possible Tier Letter changes into three categories: (1) changes in overall risk-tier; (2) newly tiered COI(s); and/or (3) new Security Issue(s). Under these categories, the Decision Tool essentially asks the facility whether its existing security plan has appropriate security measures to address the Tier Letter change(s). While the Decision Tool may not provide guidance beyond what is intuitive to most facilities, it does indicate that security plan reviewing and updating will likely be a DHS focal point in 2018.