Victor Benavides, Program Analyst for U.S Homeland Security, Commercial Facilities Sector-Specific Agency

Mr. Victor Benavides is a Program Analyst for the Department of Homeland Security Office of Infrastructure Protection, Commercial Facilities Sector-Specific Agency. The Commercial Facilities Sector is designated as critical infrastructure, and includes prominent commercial centers, office buildings, shopping centers, arenas, stadiums, hotels, convention centers, and theme parks. Within the sector, Mr. Benavides’s focus is on the Outdoor Events Subsector, and supporting its security and resilience efforts in an all-hazards environment.

Victor came to the Commercial Facilities Sector-Specific Agency (CF-SSA) in July 2011. In this position, he is responsible for working with DHS components and Commercial Facilities Sector partners to develop, evaluate, validate, or modify sector- specific risk assessment tools; collaborating with sector partners, including facilitating information sharing and building partnerships; and identifying and promoting effective sector-specific protection practices and methodologies. Victor has worked on numerous programs related to the homeland security mission and actively contributes to exercises related to the continual protection of and response to the safety of critical assets and resources. Victor is the point of contact for owners and operators of critical infrastructure in the Outdoor Events Subsector, facilitating the partners’ access to such programs as the Homeland Security Information Network (HSIN) and the Government Emergency Telecommunications Service (GETS) program.

Prior to joining DHS, Victor enjoyed a 35 year career in the retail industry where he held many Manager and District Manager positions for national retail chains to include drug stores, office products stores, and home improvement warehouses. Victor served as the District Manager of Operations during an expatriate assignment in the Republic of Mexico for four years, supervising expansion efforts for a major retailer while opening 24 units across the country.

Victor is a former US Army Sergeant, Combat Infantryman, who served in the Republic of Viet Nam. Victor attended San Antonio College where he studied Business Administration.