September 8, 2006
For more information, contact: Kimberly Kreider (901) 333-4023
Southwest starts Homeland
Security Assessment Program
Written by: Kimberly Kreider
With the consistent threat of global terrorism and the ever present
reminder of the September 11 tragedy, Southwest Tennessee Community
College (Southwest) has designed a program, the technical certificate
for Homeland Security Assessment, that will allow individuals to learn
top-to-bottom assessment against “all hazards” for the
protection/recovery of all assets, information, and human resources.
“After surveying employers in the Memphis area, Southwest was told there
was a strong demand for this vital training for their employees and
potential new-hire employees in their security/risk management areas,”
said Thurston Shrader, Coordinator for Business Administration.
Ninety-three percent of the employers surveyed stated that there was a
need for a Homeland Security/Disaster Preparedness program of study.
“Student surveys also indicate a strong interest in this area since
Homeland Security jobs rank high in the market,” said Shrader. Support
for the program was provided by the Region Eleven Department of Homeland
Security Council who has vigorously supported this program. The program
will begin in Spring 2007.
The program consists of five courses that will train professionals to
look at an organization and tell where its vulnerability lies, whether
it’s within the organization itself or extends outwards to its vendors.
This will be the only academic program in the nation that will train
students in assessment. Currently only large consulting firms are
offering this type of assessment to businesses.
The courses that are included in the program are: Introduction to
Homeland Security, Legal Aspects of Homeland Security, Survey of
Information Security, Organizational Behavior and Homeland Security Risk
Assessment. Introduction to Homeland Security will be a class where
students will be trained in the policies and procedures for Homeland
Security to achieve higher domestic security and protection of economic
assets within the public and private sectors against all hazards. Legal
Aspects of Homeland Security is designed to acquaint the student with
various legal aspects associated with assessment. Students will explore
statutes, regulations, constitutional law and common law associated with
Homeland Security Assessment.
Organizational Behavior investigates personal and group behavior at work
while pursuing the nature of group dynamics and corporate culture.
Principles of effective psychological work attitudes are developed using
contemporary concepts of organizational behavior authorities. Survey of
Information Security is an introduction to network security. It tackles
the different terminology, products, services and elements of networking
security by looking at how hackers operate, providing an introduction to
the threat and then security policies and protocols and prevention
The final class is Homeland Security Risk Assessment. This capstone
course covers the assessment of an organization’s exposure to all
hazards using the Baldridge Criteria. Students will use risk management
tools to develop an organizational security assessment from
top-to-bottom for protection/recovery planning. Students will be able to
complete the certificate in approximately one year.
For more information on the program or on Southwest visit the Web site
www.southwest.tn.edu or call