Press Statement
Washington, DC
November 15, 2010

The Department of State’s Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) will unveil its new and improved website, at its annual briefing at the Department of State on November 17 and 18, 2010. New features in the 2.0 version of its website make it much easier to find information about security conditions and security incidents in locations around the world. The new website also provides a forum for experienced institutions to share best practices in challenging security environments. Upcoming enhancements will include geographic information system capabilities, blogs, chat rooms, and wikis.

The increase in terrorism over the last 25 years and the continuing threat against U.S. interests overseas has led many American companies to seek advice and assistance from the U.S. Government, particularly the U.S. Department of State.

The Overseas Security Advisory Council is a public-private partnership that exchanges security information between the U.S. Government and American private sector organizations operating abroad. OSAC, administered by the State Department’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security, provides a forum for best practices and provides the tools needed to cope with evolving security challenges overseas. Today more than 4,000 U.S. companies, educational institutions, religious and non-governmental organizations are constituents of OSAC.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will deliver remarks at the conference. For more information on her remarks, click here.

Jim Finkle
Diplomatic Security Pulic Affairs