Threat Awareness Training

Is your company meeting its C-TPAT obligation by offering training to “assist employees in maintaining cargo integrity, recognizing internal conspiracies, and protecting access controls?”*

Does your company have a threat awareness program to “recognize and foster awareness of the threat posed by terrorists at each point of the supply chain?”*

Is your company’s threat awareness training well documented with the
date of training, issues covered, and the employees’ names?

*U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) minimum security criteria for C-TPAT. 

Prior to being certified as a C-TPAT member, as well as during the validation phase and subsequent revalidation phases, the assigned SCSS (Supply Chain Security Specialist) will check to ensure that your firm has a threat-awareness program in place. 

To eliminate the burden of establishing and maintaining such a program, Norman Jaspan Associates, Inc. (NJA) now provides their clients with an on-line C-TPAT Threat Awareness program which is geared towards educating all employees about C-TPAT, and focuses on a new C-TPAT related topic every four months. 

During the validation phase and subsequent revalidation phases, the SCSS will visit your facility as well as that of your foreign supply chain providers (foreign suppliers, consolidators, trucking companies) where applicable, in order to verify that you and your foreign supply chain providers have written procedures which meet the minimum security requirements. In addition, the SCSS wants to make sure that they are being implemented. One of the written procedures that they always request evidence of is The Threat Awareness Training Program for both your firm and your business supply chain providers.

The key to a successful validation visit is documentation.  With this in mind, we have designed our on-line program to automatically generate an email to the persons of your choosing, whenever one of your employees completes a C-TPAT training module.  This email will contain such information as the employee’s name, title, department, employee ID number, work location, etc. This e-mail will contain the results of the multiple choice/true false test that the employee will take. The test ensures that the employee read the training module as well as demonstrates their knowledge of the material.

Some of the topics that will be covered include:

1. What is C-TPAT
2. Recognize Internal Conspiracies
3. IT Security
4. Container and Seal Integrity
5. Risk Assessment
6. Access Control
7. Written Procedures
8. Security Awareness
9. Employee Fraud
10. Shipping & Receiving document review
11. Protect  Access Controls
12. Address a Security Breach
13. Maintain Cargo Integrity

In a validation report, that was prepared by the CBP validation team, the SCSS stated that his assigned company displayed a number of Best Practices (written procedures that demonstrates compliance with Tier 3 C-TPAT status). One of the Best Practices is as follows: Security Awareness Training is provided to employees every four months via Norman Jaspan Associates, Inc.’s consultant website.

Please contact NJA so that we can set up and assist your staff in implementing the Threat Awareness Program for both your company and your business supply chain provider (foreign or domestic).

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