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POSTPONED - NEW DATE TBA - 2019 CI Owners' Council Lunch & Learn - Session I: Physical Security
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When: Session I - Monday, January 21, 2019
11:30 AM
716 Brook St
Suite 130
Rocky Hill, Connecticut  06067
United States
Contact: Nancy Greenwald

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What You Need to Know - Technology for Today's Safety and Security Needs

The series will include two Lunch & Learn events, one focused on physical security, the other on cybersecurity. The panels will include representatives from the FBI, Homeland security, and major owners.


Session I: Physical Security

Session I will consist of a briefing regarding the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Protective Security Advisor (PSA) program. DHS, through the locally assigned PSA, works with local businesses, campuses and buildings to help identify weak areas of the infrastructure, working in conjunction with local connections as well as Washington, DC. The DHS PSA is committed to serving the local entities and public through the Mission Areas listed below, which will be discussed in detail.  


The Mission Areas are as follows:

  • conduct security assessments and surveys;
  • promote information sharing;
  • support special events and activities;
  • support emergencies and contingencies; and,
  • conduct outreach and training.

This is done in conjunction with Federal, State and Municipal partners as well as with private sector stakeholders. Of these Mission Areas, conducting surveys and assessments is probably the largest and most in-demand.


We will have an Officer from the State Police present on the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), also known as drones, which is increasing in the military, civilian and commercial sectors. The use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) present serious implications to law enforcement and national security


One hour discussion followed by Q&A.





Doug Pesce, Protective Security Advisor, Department of Homeland Security 

Doug Pesce serves as the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Protective Security Advisor (PSA) assigned in Connecticut, supporting Homeland Security efforts by providing advisory and reach-back capacity to the State Homeland Security Advisor as well as to Municipal entities and especially the Private Sector. Pesce facilitates, coordinates, and performs vulnerability assessments for local critical infrastructure and assets, promotes training, and acts as a physical and technical security advisor to Federal, State, and local Law Enforcement. Prior to becoming a PSA, Pesce served as an Explosives Security Specialist/Special Agent (SA) with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Explosives Unit assigned to the Federal Air Marshal Service (FAMS) in the NY and Boston Field Offices, and as a Special Agent (SA) with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Civil Aviation Security Division.



Marc O'Mara, Trooper, First Class, Connecticut State Police

Marc O’Mara began his career with the Naugatuck Police Department where he worked patrol, community policing, and became a member of the Emergency Response Team. In 2004, Marc joined the Connecticut State Police and during his tenure at Troop A Southbury, he was named Connecticut's Trooper of the Year and earned the Medal of Honor. Now assigned to the Counter Terrorism Unit, Marc’s primary focus is critical infrastructure protection. He identified the serious implications the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) present to law enforcement and national security as evident by the FAA's ever-evolving regulations concerning the safe use of UAVs in National Airspace. Consequently, Marc studied all aspects of UAV technology and the myriad of legal issues. His knowledge has been used to help craft Connecticut's own UAV laws.









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