The Chubb Group of Insurance Companies announced it has completed a two-day security evaluation seminar for New Jersey police and emergency service officials.
The seminar was intended to assist law enforcement and other agencies in conducting security surveys of both government and industrial facilities around the state.
“This effort appears to be the first of its kind in the nation bringing together the resources of private industry and law enforcement,” said Victor Sordillo, global loss control technical services manager for Chubb Commercial Insurance and a member of a private-industry advisory committee to New Jersey’s Domestic Security Preparedness Task Force.
“This program is a model for other states,” added John Degnan, president of The Chubb Corporation and a former New Jersey attorney general. “Chubb is very proud to be playing a leadership role for our home state, for law enforcement and for the nation’s homeland security effort.”
Eight loss control specialists from Chubb explained how they detect security breaches and threats associated with buildings, their surroundings, company employees, the use of the Internet, chemicals and shipping cargo. The specialists discussed the steps involved in a security evaluation, a broad range of security best practices and protection systems that should be in place at businesses, and disaster planning and recovery techniques. Chubb also arranged for two leading authorities on burglar alarms and safes to address the group.
The seminar is part of a statewide effort to further enhance security following the terrorist attack on the nation last Sept. 11. In October, the state enacted the New Jersey Domestic Security Preparedness Act, which established the Domestic Security Preparedness Task Force, to coordinate statewide anti-terrorism efforts. Composed of such officials as the state’s attorney general, police superintendent, transportation commissioner, health commissioner and the head of the Office of Emergency Management, the task force seeks to foster cooperation between the public and private sectors in assessing risks and developing and implementing preparedness, response and recovery plans. The task force is supported by a private-industry Infrastructure Advisory Committee, on which Chubb’s Sordillo serves, along with representatives from New Jersey’s utilities, energy, transportation, health care, chemical, financial, pharmaceutical and other critical infrastructure industries.
In addition to holding the seminar, Chubb is assisting the task force with developing best practices for site security across different industries. To this end, the insurer has provided the task force with loss prevention and risk analysis tools it uses in underwriting insurance policies. These include risk management reviews for workplace violence, network security, and burglary and fire protection.
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