The Support Anti-terrorism by Fostering Effective Technologies Act of 2002 (SAFETY Act) was passed by Congress to incentivize the development and deployment of anti-terrorism technologies by providing liability protection. SAFETY Act protections limit the liability against damage or injury claims alleging failure of the anti-terrorism technology or service.

On the face of it, a simple concept and a straightforward method to encourage new tools to mitigate the risk of and potential impact from terrorism. Yet, with all things homeland security, scratch the surface and SAFETY Act rapidly becomes a complex and challenging endeavor, albeit one worth pursuing.

To get a sense of what’s at stake and what organizations may encounter when applying for SAFETY Act designation and certification, check out these two podcasts with Security Debrief contributor Akmal Ali, J.D., the former Deputy Director of the DHS Office of SAFETY Act implementation.

The Catalyst-Go podcast ThinkingThroughAutonomy with Ken Dunlap.

The Risk Assistance Network and Exchange (RANE) podcast: