What is CFATS?
CFATS stands for Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards. It is a regulation developed by the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to enhance the security of chemical facilities in the country. The CFATS regulation applies to certain chemical facilities that are determined to pose a high level of security risk, and requires these facilities to implement specific security measures to reduce the risk of a terrorist attack.
The CFATS regulation covers a range of security areas, including personnel security, physical security, cyber security, and the secure storage, handling, and use of chemicals. Facilities covered by CFATS must develop and implement security plans that meet the standards set forth in the regulation, and must regularly assess and update these plans to ensure continued compliance with CFATS. The purpose of CFATS is to enhance the security of chemical facilities and reduce the risk of a terrorist attack that could result in significant harm to people, the environment, and the economy. Organizations that operate chemical facilities in the United States must comply with CFATS in order to maintain the security of these facilities.
How BNS helps comply with the standard?
BNS (BitNetSentry) helps organizations comply with CFATS by providing a secure and reliable solution for protecting industrial control systems and the networks that are used to control and monitor chemical facilities. By providing device authentication, data protection, secure communications, and reporting and auditing capabilities, BNS helps organizations to secure their networks and control systems, and demonstrate compliance with the CFATS program’s requirements.
However, it’s important to note that compliance with CFATS requires a comprehensive and multi-layered approach to security that includes not only technology solutions but also policies, procedures, and staff training. Implementing BNS as part of an overall security strategy helps organizations to comply with CFATS, but it’s only one piece of the puzzle. Organizations must also implement other security measures and best practices to ensure that they fully comply with CFATS and reduce the risks posed by their chemicals of interest. Organizations should also consult the CFATS regulations and guidance, as well as their own security experts, to determine the specific requirements and best practices that are applicable to their operations.