Domestic Security Alliance Council
The Domestic Security Alliance Council (DSAC) is a strategic partnership between the United States government (USG) and U.S. private industry.
The Domestic Security Alliance Council, also known as DSAC, is a strategic partnership that promotes and strengthens U.S. national and economic security through strong government and private sector partnerships, with its member companies representing every critical sector of the U.S. economy.
DSAC is one of the most important organizations that I belong to and I’ve got a tremendous amount of passion for it.
What DSAC is, is a partnership. Its an alliance, a partnership between the government and the private sector. The FBI and DHS cant do their jobs alone in a silo, nor can the private sector.
We have a commitment to spend time with those partnerships, to ensure we understand the treats that they face and we make sure we are sharing timely intelligence with them.
DSAC currently includes over 600 member companies.
Company members can expect to receive intelligence products from the government and dialogue between other member companies on specific problem sets including cyber threats, civil unrest, among many other challenges.
80% of the security infrastructure within the United States is maintained by the private sector, and, you know, it’s so important that we leverage that 80% in our national and economic security.
Our mission here is to entertain the human race, and we want everybody to come, we want them to have an enjoyable time, we want them to know they are in a safe environment, so we’re behind the scenes making sure that happens.
To be eligible for DSAC membership, a company must be for-profit, make at least a billion dollars in revenue, have a U.S. based Chief Security Officer, and have a national and economic security nexus.
The information that we’re able to share and the risks that we’re able to discuss are so important to me in my role and my company.
We share the risks but bring different perspectives, talents, and abilities to find solutions.
How do we protect our assets, our people, our reputation as a brand, and this allows us to have direct access to FBI, to DHS.
We expect the membership of DSAC to be very active and engaging with the local FBI office, and the DSAC program office.
There are many ways for DSAC members to become actively involved, by serving on a leadership committee, volunteering on a working group, collaborating on the DSAC portal, participating on a regional or national event, or leveraging the large network of DSAC members for personal or professional growth.
DSAC is led by a leadership council comprised of the Executive Working Group committee and four subordinate committees.
The Executive Working Group shapes DSAC governance and policy and serves as the voice of the private sector for DSAC at large.
Three co-chairs lead the Executive Working Group, with each chair representing DHS, FBI and the private sector.
The four subordinate committees assist the Executive Working Group in carrying out its responsibilities through targeted goals and objectives.
The Membership and Engagement Committee has the primary responsibility for screening organizations interested in joining DSAC based upon standardized criteria.
The Education and Training Committee is responsible for determining educational needs and training for DSAC members in collaboration with the FBI’s DSAC Program Office.
The Threat and Resilience Information Sharing Committee is responsible for facilitating and setting the standards of two-way information exchange between DSAC Member Organizations and the US Government, to identify vulnerabilities, mitigate threats, and enhance resiliency, consistent with applicable federal laws and title authorities.
The Senior Advisory Group serves to share legacy knowledge and provide additional private sector perspective through teaching, presenting, and mentoring current DSAC members when needed. The group is comprised of former active and retired DSAC member Company Chief Security Officers, former Executive Working Group Committee Chairs, and former Executive Working Group Members.
The importance of the DSAC is that we have a diverse group of security professionals. When I need to problem solve, I can pick up the phone and call any number of members and ask them how they’ve done something in the past.
This is a forum that can be used to share information, but also to brainstorm solutions using the strength of the United States government and the capabilities of each member company.
We have numerous opportunities throughout the year to gather, informal learning sessions, in more social settings, that give us a chance to get to know each other and build those bonds of trust.
Being able to network at the annual meeting, make a phone call, to talk to somebody about an issue you’re dealing with and see how they’ve handle it saves a lot of time.
The FBI’s commitment to our private sector program is a reminder that we are in the trust building business.
The value the DSAC will bring to your company, I think its two-fold. Number one, its relationships, and number two, its information.
We ask you to better protect your company, apply to be a DSAC member today.
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