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EMA Schedules Security Risk Assessment Classes Using Sandia System

(PRWEB) May 17, 2002

ST. PAUL, MN – EMA, Inc. has scheduled its first in a series of classes on Risk Assessment Methodology for Water Utilities (RAM-WSM), with the first three-day class slated for mid-June in Tempe, AZ.

Of hundreds of water industry consultants, EMA, Inc. joins a preferred list of companies selected to be licensed for training water utilities, consultants, and others in Sandia National Laboratories’ RAM-WSM methodology.

Sandia is conducting initial American Water Works Association Research Foundation- and EPA-approved training in keeping with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s goal to train as many water utilities as quickly as possible. The RAM-WSM program for water facilities was developed in accordance with an agreement between the EPA and the U.S. Department of Energy.

Four EMA staff – Alex Dushek, Alicia Crumpton, Jack Jacobs, and Candace Chan-Sands – will be certified to instruct water utilities and water systems consultants on how to use RAM-WSM to conduct vulnerability assessments. In addition to the RAM-WSM training, EMA will further assist utilities in developing a strategy related to security – developing and updating their emergency operations plans and upgrading their security systems as necessary. Part of EMA’s approach is to use existing utility capabilities where possible, so utilities can gain the most value from their existing operational and technical investments.

The EMA trainers will conduct at least two classes beginning in June, with additional classes to be scheduled over the next few months. More information, such as class locations, can be found at www.ema-inc.com as it becomes available.

Other security-related services that EMA currently offers include:

·    Vulnerability audits and assessments and cyber-security assessments

·    Assistance with EPA security planning grant applications

·    Development of overall security strategy and implementation plans

·    SCADA-security integration with other technologies

·    Emergency management and recovery planning

·    Asset inventory

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As an innovative management and technology consulting firm, EMA develops solutions in anticipation of changing market needs and brings new business concepts to its clients, which include water/wastewater utilities, public works and municipalities, electric and gas utilities, and manufacturers. With offices throughout the U.S. and Canada, EMA is headquartered in St. Paul, MN, and has served over 450 clients since 1975.                                                 Â–end--



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