The Role of the SAFETY Act Under the Biden Administration: More Important Now Than Ever

Wednesday, April 28th
11:30am12:00pm

Virtual – All Times Are EDT

About the Session

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Support Anti-Terrorism by Fostering Effective Technologies Act (SAFETY Act) was created as part of the Homeland Security Act of 2002, providing liability protection to companies that demonstrate their products and services are effective in countering terror threats. Then, the country was on edge, anticipating attacks from foreign adversaries using biological, chemical, explosive and radiological threats. Today, the homeland's most significant threat – domestic terrorism – comes from within.

So far, no instances of domestic terrorism have been determined to be acts of terrorism by DHS under the SAFETY Act's definition. Had any designated products or services been involved in lawsuits following these attacks, the protections of the SAFETY Act would not have applied.

Today's DHS is different. Is Secretary Mayorkas of the Biden administration more likely to declare such events acts of terrorism under the SAFETY Act? This law could now be more important than ever for those offering security products and services.

The presentation will provide an overview of the SAFETY Act and its benefits to sellers and buyers of relevant products and services, as well as an explanation of what is needed for a successful application to DHS.

 

Presented By

McWhorter
Founder
The Homeland Security Consulting Group

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