The Agribusiness Security Working Group, as comprised of the Agricultural Retailers Association (ARA), CropLife America (CLA) and The Fertilizer Institute [TFI]) in cooperation with Asmark Institute, has produced a new Web-based tool which will assist agribusiness retailers in conducting a security vulnerability assessment on their retail facility and their transportation practices. This Security Vulnerability Assessment (SVA) is a tool to use to identify and assess potential security threats, risks and vulnerabilities. The SVA tool designed by Asmark Institute, a member of the Agricultural Retailers Association, has granted to ARA the license and use of the Web-based program.
ARA in turn has offered to share the SVA with the Agribusiness Security Working Group. Asmark Institute designed the Web-based software to enable retail facilities to conduct a Security Vulnerability Assessment of their facilities and receive recommendations to improve overall security. The program meets the design criteria of the Center for Chemical Process Safety (CCPS) for conducting security vulnerability assessments. By meeting CCPS design criteria, this SVA tool meets the same criteria that has been required by federal agencies for other chemical industry facilities. As a result, retailers who use this program to assess facility and Hazmat transportation security can do so with confidence that their assessment is based on sound risk assessment principles.