Policy Issues
Homeland Security / RE-ISAC

Key Points
Enhancing Security and Resilience in the Face of Dynamic Threats 

More detailed information on various Homeland Security issues can be found in recent issues of Roundtable Weekly — our weekly policy eNewsletter archive that can searched by key word or phrase. The Roundtable's 2017 National Policy Agenda, Real Estate: A Foundation for Growth, includes a section on Homeland Security.

 Policy Issues SnapshotJuly 2017 — details follow list below:  

Strengthening U.S. Security, Physical and Cyber Resilience Remain Top Roundtable Priorities        

 Homeland Security Task Force

Information Sharing and Critical Infrastructure: Real Estate Information Sharing and Analysis Center (RE-ISAC)   

Revised DHS Oversight Reform Needed; Enhanced Information Sharing Essential to Address Physical, Cyber Threats      


✓ Strengthening U.S. Security and Resilience Remains Top Roundtable Priorities 
The U.S. continues to face the evolving threat of international and domestic terrorism, as well as an emerging set of challenges in securing borders, developing national and community resilience against natural disasters, cyber threats and ensuring the continued security of critical infrastructure.
* The Roundtable’s Homeland Security Task Force (HSTF) and Real Estate Information Sharing and Analysis Center (www.reisac.org) remains focused on measures that businesses can take—such as creating resilient infrastructure that is resistant to physical damage and cyber breaches – through increased cross-agency information sharing and cooperation with key law enforcement and intelligence agencies.

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The Roundtable’s Homeland Security Task Force (HSTF) and Real Estate Information Sharing and Analysis Center (www.reisac.org) remains focused on measures that businesses can take—such as creating infrastructure that is resistant to physical damage, enhancing resilience, and increasing cross-agency information sharing cooperation—to enhance security.  

To this end, our HSTF works with government officials and private sector partners to prevent, detect and respond to a multiplicity of such key threats. Strengthening the security and resilience the commercial facilities sector remains a top Roundtable priority and is an important aspect of managing any facility where people live, work, shop and play.

Presidential Policy Directive 8 (PPD-8) states that our national preparedness is to be based on core capabilities that support "strengthening the security and resilience of the United States through systematic preparation for the threats that pose the greatest risk to the security of the Nation, including acts of terrorism, cyber attacks, pandemics, and catastrophic natural disasters. 

The Roundtable continues to play a vital role in this effort through a variety of efforts. 

✓ Homeland Security Task Force 
The Real Estate Roundtable's Homeland Security Task Force (HSTF) is focused on enhancing the commercial facilities sector’s ability to meet its current and future security-related challenges by analyzing threats, sharing information and fostering resilience through a broad threat matrix of physical and cyber risks. 

The HSTF meets regularly and coordinates briefings with representatives from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and other state and local agencies to discuss potential threats to the sector and to enhance risk mitigation.  Our work also continues with the DHS’ Commercial Facility Sector Coordinating Council.

In addition to working with relevant law enforcement and intelligence agencies, the HSTF is working to find new sources and methods to secure high-profile commercial facility sector assets and improve their emergency preparedness.

Special sessions of our Homeland Security Task Force (HSTF) have been held recently in the FBI’s Strategic Information and Operations Center (SIOC),  at the World Trade Center in New York and the New York Field Office of the FBI.  The HSTF works with many of the key leaders in the nation’s fight against terrorism

Additionally, the HSTF oversees the work of the Real Estate Information Sharing and Analysis Center (RE-ISAC) — www.reisac.org — a public-private partnership between the U.S. commercial facilities sector and federal homeland security officials started by the Roundtable in 2003.

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The Roundtable's 2017 National Policy Agenda, Real Estate: A Foundation for Growth, includes a section on Homeland.

✓ Information Sharing and Critical Infrastructure: Real Estate Information Sharing and Analysis Center (RE-ISAC)
The Real Estate Information Sharing and Analysis Center (RE-ISAC) – www.reisac.org – is a public-private partnership between the U.S. commercial facilities sector and federal homeland security officials organized by The Real Estate Roundtable in February 2003.  Information sharing — in a systematic and sustained manner — continues to be one of the most effective weapons in protecting the nation’s critical infrastructure.

The RE-ISAC serves as the primary conduit of terrorism, cyber and natural hazard warning and response information between the government and the commercial facilities sector. The RE-ISAC proactively manages risk and strengthens the security and resilience of the U.S. commercial facilities sector infrastructure to aid protection and prevention.

The RE-ISAC operates in full compliance with Presidential Policy Directive 21, “Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience” (12 February 2013), which mandates that the public and private sectors share information about physical and cyber security threats and vulnerabilities to help protect the U.S. critical infrastructure. The RE-ISAC includes the entire commercial facilities sector critical infrastructure (CI) component of the US economy.

RE-ISAC members include the principal owners, investors and managers of commercial facilities in the U.S. and is supported by nine organizations. 

The RE-ISAC is part of the National Council of ISACs – whose mission is to advance the physical and cyber security of the critical infrastructures of North America by establishing and maintaining a framework for valuable interaction between and among the ISACs and with government.

The RE-ISAC team maintains access and on-site presence within the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC) in order to effectively conduct joint analytical activities, and to coordinate cybersecurity analysis and collaborative activities. Through a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement with DHS’s National Protection and Programs Directorate, the RE-ISAC engages in operational efforts to better coordinate activities supporting the detection, prevention, and mitigation of cybersecurity, communications reliability, and related data threats to critical infrastructure.  .

The RE-ISAC operates in full compliance  “Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience” (12 February 2013), which mandates that the public and private sectors share information about physical and cyber security threats and vulnerabilits to help protect the U.S. critical infrastructure. The RE-ISAC includes the entire commercial facilities sector critical infrastructure (CI) component of the US economy.   RE-ISAC members include the principal owners, investors and managers of commercial facilities in the U.S. and is supported by ten organizations.     

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The Roundtable's 2017 National Policy Agenda, Real Estate: A Foundation for Growth, includes a section on Homeland Security.

✓ Revised DHS Oversight Reform Needed; Enhanced Information Sharing Essential to Address Physical, Cyber Threats  

• DHS Oversight Reform Needed
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is overseen by nearly 100 of Congressional committees and caucuses, many with duplicative jurisdictional roles. Such bureaucratic oversight is undermining the Department’s ability to accomplish its important mission.

The Roundtable believes it is important to  streamline congressional oversight of DHS.  Such oversight should be comprised of one primary homeland security committee in the House and the Senate with additional oversight by the Intelligence Committees and a Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee in both chambers.

It is also important for policymakers to address cybersecurity protections and enact enhanced information sharing measures that encourage federal agencies to share cyber and physical threat intelligence with the private sector more rapidly. 

Such measures would enhance our information sharing and analysis work with the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC)Commission. 

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This year the Homeland Security Task Force (HSTF) is co-chaired by Joseph Billy (Prudential) and Chris Woiwode (Macerich).   For additional information on homeland security issues, please contact Clifton "Chip" Rodgers, Jr., Senior Vice President, The Real Estate Roundtable at (202) 639-8400.

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