The National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) on Sept 28 will preview its new aCTknowledge platform, designed to deliver timely situational awareness notifications covering terrorist events that may impact local communities.
How to Participate
- CRE participants can join the preview here:
- Wednesday, September 28 from 1:00–2:00 pm (ET)
- Zoom link
- Meeting ID: 833 6363 8044
- Passcode: 591990
- The aCTknowledge platform will provide significant tactics, techniques, and procedures to support homeland security, law enforcement, and community first responder efforts aimed at protecting against terrorist threats. Additionally, NCTC’s aCTknowledge will offer reference guides to aid in rapid response and deployment, helping with private sector efforts. (See fact sheet about the new platform)
- The Roundtable—through our Homeland Security Task Force (HSTF) and partnership with the Real Estate Information Sharing and Analysis Center (RE-ISAC)—remains focused on increased cross-agency information sharing and cooperation with key law enforcement and intelligence agencies that benefit the industry.
- The RE-ISAC sends a daily report to members to share actionable information on a variety of potential cyber and physical threats. Additionally, The Roundtable’s HSTF works closely with federal, state, and local law enforcement, intelligence agency partners, and the RE-ISAC on risk mitigation measures that CRE businesses may consider to help protect critical infrastructure.
See The Roundtable’s 2022 Annual Report’s Homeland Security section.
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The Real Estate Roundtable’s Homeland Security Task Force and the Real Estate Information Sharing and Analysis Center (RE-ISAC) invite member organizations to participate in a Virtual Preparedness Exercise on Jan. 20, 2022.
- One exercise will address winter weather preparedness to examine critical dependencies related to water, power and communications/IT. Another exercise will focus on hostile events in local areas that do not directly target a member’s facility. One recent example of such an event involved an armed suspect incident in Boston that shut down activity in a four-block radius during a seven-hour standoff.
- Government officials and other industry ISACs will also participate in the Jan. 20 event, scheduled for 2:00-3:30 pm ET. Please RSVP no later than January 14 to Liz Hoopes and indicate if you prefer to participate in a weather preparedness or hostile events group.
- Additionally, HSTF has recently worked with government officials to produce a one-page reference on “flash mob” retail theft to assist businesses in recognizing potential preparatory actions for future criminal activity.
For more information, please contact Roundtable Senior Vice President Chip Rodgers.
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During recent military actions between the United States and Iran, the real estate industry engaged in intensive information-sharing efforts with government agencies on a variety of homeland security concerns.
- As international tensions increased, informational bulletins on the potential for homeland security threats were shared by federal homeland security officials through the Real Estate Information Sharing and Analysis Center (RE-ISAC) – a public-private information sharing partnership organized and managed by The Real Estate Roundtable.
- The Roundtable’s Homeland Security Task Force (HSTF) – co-chaired by Roundtable members Dan Kennedy (URW) and Charlie McGonigal (Brookfield) – works closely with the REISAC and federal agency partners on protective measures that CRE businesses may consider as they implement infrastructure resistant to physical damage and cyber breaches. HSTF also addresses a variety of CRE homeland security issues, including the recently reauthorized Terrorism Risk Insurance Act (TRIA).
- The REISAC sends a Daily Report to members to raise awareness on domestic concerns and cyber threats affecting the U.S. commercial facilities sector, while sharing guidance from the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA).
- On Jan. 3, CISA conducted a situational update on Iranian-U.S. tensions with industry contacts. The conference call also addressed planning and preparedness efforts related to cyber, physical, and communications readiness – and coordinating information for reporting suspicious activity and/or events related to the events.
- On Jan. 6, CISA released an alert on “Potential for Iranian Cyber Response to U.S. Military Strike in Baghdad.” The same day, The New York Post reported that a senior adviser to Iran’s president posted a tweet on Sunday with a link to a Forbes article listing all of The Trump Organization’s significant properties, along with a quote from the late Ayatollah Khomeini threatening revenge against any enemies of Islam.
- The Daily Beast reported on Jan. 7 that an anonymous senior member of the U.S. intelligence community said Trump Tower in Midtown Manhattan could be more effective a target than even the White House.
- The RE-ISAC on Jan. 8 shared the retail-focused BMAP Special Advisory Bulletin which warned that, “individuals inspired to commit acts of terrorism may try to acquire or legally purchase common household items such as explosive precursor chemicals (EPCs), explosive powders, and IED components at retailers in your community to construct IEDs for use against infrastructure targets.” The bulletin also provided a list of “Suspicious Activity and Purchasing Behavior: Recognize and Report.”
- The RE-ISAC also recently distributed an announcement regarding a collaboration with the FBI and InfraGard National Capital Region to launch the Commercial Facilities Cyber Working Group (CCWG). Those who work at the intersection of commercial facilities and information security are invited to join the new Working Group by registering at https://cf.epicplatform.com. Additional ontact information for the REISAC is available here.
The next Homeland Security Task Force (HSTF) meeting is scheduled for Jan. 29, in conjunction with The Roundtable’s State of the Industry Meeting on Jan. 28 in Washington, DC.
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