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FBI workshop on biosecurity risks March 2

February 24, 2012

Today, the biosecurity of academic scientific and research environments necessarily involves collaboration with the law enforcement community. The Academic Biosecurity Workshop will highlight the benefits of coordinating expertise in order to mitigate real and perceived obstacles.

Biosecurity risks can be mitigated through such things as early reporting of suspicious activities.Friday, March 2
12:30-5 p.m.
Hilton Fort Collins
425 W. Prospect

Workshop's target audience

Experts from the FBI will share information and provide training for researchers, faculty, administrators, staff and students. The training will also prove helpful for area:

  • law enforcement officers
  • first-responders
  • local/state/federal governmental employees
  • health care providers
  • biotech company employees

Raising awareness of risks

The FBI Academic Biosecurity Workshop will promote a culture of responsibility and security by raising awareness to biosecurity risks -- from personnel reliability and workplace violence to the misapplication of knowledge, products, or technologies by others to pose a threat to public health and safety.

The workshop will:

  • identify awareness of potential security risks;
  • identify methods used by individuals to acquire the information and skills they need for a successful attack;
  • explain warning signs that may indicate targeting procedures;
  • enable detection of institutional issues impacting biosecurity; and
  • promote the early report of suspicious activities.

Benefits of collaboration and coordination

The training will highlight the benefits of collaborating and coordinating expertise, which helps mitigate real and perceived obstacles and improves cooperation and communication between the scientific and security communities.

There will be a formal presentation, followed by a table top exercise. Similar workshops have been held recently at Kansas State University, Mississippi State University and in the Pacific Northwest.

This event is sponsored by Vice President for Research, Research Integrity and Compliance Review Office (RICRO), and Environmental Health Services.

Registration required

Registration is free but seating is limited. Register here.

Contact: Christine Johnson
Phone: (9700 491-8690