Captain of the Port Panel – Facility Security from COTPs view:
CAPT Will Watson, Sector Commander New Orleans; CAPT Kevin King, Former Sector Commander Puerto Rico & CAPT Ryan Rhodes, Sector Commander Lower Mississippi River.

This panel discussion will present the local Captain of the Port’s perspective on Facility Security inspections, issues, and policy challenges affecting MTSA regulated facilities in their area of responsibility.

Key Note Speech - Rear Admiral Rich Timme, USCG Eighth District Commander – will discuss current maritime threats, priorities, and how facilities can better prepare themselves.

Coast Guard Policy Changes and Regulatory Requirements: Transportation Worker Identification Credential enforcement and Facility Security Plan Cyber Security requirementsCAPT, Bradley Clare, Office of Port and Facility Compliance, USCG – CAPT Clare will share the latest policy and regulatory changes regarding Transportation Workers Identification Credential (TWIC) final rule enforcement and the Cyber Security NVIC that will affect Facility Security Officers and regulated facilities in the near future. CAPT Clare will also discuss facility inspection violations from all MTSA regulated facilities over the past two years and respond to questions related to current policy and regulatory issues.

Physical Security at High Value/High Risk Facilities - Eric Linden, Managing Director, Integritas Security Service Inc. Integritas provides canines for facility security including bomb and drug dogs. Eric Linden will explain and demonstrate the use of dogs including a field demonstration.

Panel Discussion - Cyber-Security Threats in the Maritime Environment - Panel – CAPT John Felker USCG (ret.), former Assistant Director of Integrated Operations Division for DHS Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency; Jeff McKee, Protective Security Advisor, Baton Rouge, DHS Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency;  Carl Hatfield lead Marine Transportation System Specialist at the Eighth Coast Guard District, headquartered in New Orleans, LA & Brian Shajari, Independent Cyber Security Consultant & Cyber Security Assessor. Recent reports have highlighted the tragic consequences when our port facility technology systems are “hacked”. The reports also indicate that many US ports are currently at high risk. A panel of government and industry experts will address this important topic on how to prevent, prepare, respond to a cyber-attack along with lessons learned from recent maritime cyber security attacks.

High Reliability Operations with focus on Communications – Spencer Byrum, CEO of HRS Consulting – As an internationally known expert in adapting High Reliability Organization Best Practices in high risk industries, Mr. Byrum will share his experiences in developing innovative process improvements and training for professions in which people need to make critical decisions in a stressful and demanding environment. These strategies can help port facilities become more effective if dealing with maritime security issues and emergencies.

Active ShooterDetective Raul Rivas, Orlando SWAT (ret.) – As a member of the Orlando SWAT, Raul will discuss his personal involvement in the Pulse Night Club mass shooting. He will discuss the shooter’s motive, pre-attack surveillance and planning along with law enforcement’s response and lessons learned. The presentation will include pictures, body camera footage, vehicle dash cam video, helicopter footage of the shootout and much more. Raul will elaborate on his personal involvement and will also answer questions.

Facility audits – The Good, The Bad & The Ugly - Lessons Learned From Facility Audits & Plan DevelopmentCAPT Brian Kelley, USCG, (ret.), Chief Operating Officer, Seebald & Associates – Over the last several years Seebald and Associates have conducted a large number of audits, assessments and the development of plans. During this session, Brian and the Seebald team will share some observations, “lessons learned” and a blooper or two.