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ANSI Annual Conference to Address Homeland Security

Features unique perspective of the standardization community

New York, Aug 05, 2003

The impact of the burgeoning homeland security industry is pervasive. Experts across the nation agree that effective Homeland Security solutions will rely upon product, personnel, service and system standards, and mechanisms for assessing conformity with such standards.

“Few organizations, whether from the private or public sector, have escaped the influence of homeland security and emergency preparedness priorities on their daily operations,” explained Dr. Mark W. Hurwitz, ANSI president and CEO. “In recognition of this, the 2003 ANSI Annual Conference, Homeland Security: Collaboration, Innovation and Standardization, draws attention to today’s urgent national priorities from the unique and focused perspective of the standards and conformity assessment community.”

The one-day event will be held in Washington, DC on October 1, 2003 and calls upon a diverse and highly-talented group of experts to address the cutting-edge issues facing the nation. Panelists will provide up-to-the-moment insights on projects related to biological and chemical anti-terrorism systems and the prevention of terrorist attacks; reducing vulnerability of critical infrastructure systems such as postal, information technology and telecommunications systems; minimizing damage to built environments; equipment and systems to protect and assist first responders; and much more.

“It is difficult to imagine a more crucial time than now for the private and public sectors to work together for a common good,” added Hurwitz. “Federal agencies such as the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and others are already working in collaboration with industry, academia, and organizations to advance innovative and timely solutions to the urgent priorities facing our nation.”

James S. Gilmore, III, chair of the Congressional Advisory Commission on Terrorism Involving Weapons of Mass Destruction, will serve as the conference’s keynote speaker.

“The 2003 ANSI Annual Conference will include a series of thought-provoking and innovative sessions focused on protecting U.S. citizens and enhancing our national security infrastructure,” explained Pam Suett, ANSI’s manager of education. “Discussions will not only educate attendees on work that is already under development or completed — such as the information technology (IT) and communications technologies that support secure financial transactions and biometrics — but will also involve participants in the networks that are being developed to identify and respond to new needs — such as standards for biological and chemical terrorism response capabilities.”

For more information or to register, please visit www.ansi.org/wsweek.

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