The Gate 15 Interview: Faith-Based ISAO and DHS CISA on partnership, risk reduction, pizza MREs, and some great rock n’ roll

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In this episode of The Gate 15 Interview, Andy Jabbour welcomes Mayya Saab, Executive Director, Faith-Based Information Sharing & Analysis Organization (FB-ISAO), Susan Schneider, presently detailed as Associate Director, Non-governmental Engagements, with the DHS Office of Partnership and Engagement, and Daniel Avondoglio, with the Office of Security Programs at CISA.

“We are fundamentally an Agency of partnerships” 

“There’s no such thing as a small act of hate”

two quotes shared in the podcast, both attributed to Secretary of Homeland Security, Alejandro Mayorkas.

Two notes.

  • This discussion is not limited in only being relevant to the faith-based community but addresses considerations and ideas relevant to the broader community.
  • During the podcast, when discussing 2023 Threat Data, Andy noted that it is possible that mosques came under attack more frequently than the data suggested. Out of a total of 1027 incidents, mosques were targeted 5% of the time. That percentage, 5%, accounts for the overall number of mosques in the United States and correctly reflects the percentage of mosques that were targeted in 2023.

In the discussion we address:

  • What is FB-ISAO and what DHS is doing for the faith-based community.
  • The general threat environment and how current geopolitical events are impacting that.
  • Private-Public Partnership.
  • Mitigating Risk.
  • Resources!
  • Connecting. Planning. Training. 
  • We play Three Questions and talk summer, food and music!
  • And more! 

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