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Realistic Continuity Exercises Using Simulation Cells
John Jackson, Executive VP, Fusion Risk Management
While we all plan for disasters, the fact is that many of us have never experienced a significant event of the magnitude that requires us to implement our disaster recovery or business continuity plans. This makes the use of realistic exercises an invaluable training and awareness tool, absolutely essential for keeping plans up-to-date and in line with the current state of the business. Plan maintenance and training involves several steps, including updating information, changing plan team members and doing modest tabletop walkthroughs. But do tabletops really give people a flavor of what would happen in a real situation? Join us as we explore ways to make exercises more “real” through the use of “simulation cells.”
Making Social Media Work For Your BC Program
David Nolan, CEO and Founder, Fusion Risk Management, Inc.
Social media: Is it an asset or a liability? Like it or not, social networks are changing the way people learn and share information. This session provides attendees with insights on how Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, private social networks, mass notification and mobile apps can be effectively utilized for business continuity and crisis management. With the right strategy and governance, social media can be a powerful tool for communication, collaboration and situational awareness. Even if you don’t plan to fully embrace social media, this technology cannot be ignored.
Preparedness & Recoverability Metrics: Quantifying Confidence & Assessing Intuitions
David Lindstedt, PhD, PMP, CPBC, Director of Program Management with the Office of Distance Education and eLearning at The Ohio State University
You can't have a conversation with leadership based on intuition; you need metrics. With simple graphs, uncomplicated metrics, and powerful measures we can quantify and assess preparedness, and even start down the path toward the brass ring: predicting recoverability. This session will provide attendees with a model for measuring preparedness and predicting recoverability. Based on work undertaken at The Ohio State University and by Paul C. Light, as well as the recently introduced ISO 22301 business continuity standard, the model gives users a straightforward way to talk about preparedness and score "confidence."
Cyber Threats And FBI Response
FBI Special Agent Timothy Hearl
When contingency planners think of events that can cripple their companies, data center outages, building fires and supply chain problems tend to come to mind. However, cybersecurity threats are increasing in frequency and must be included in business continuity and disaster recovery plans. In this session, FBI Special Agent Timothy Hearl will discuss the FBI’s efforts against cyber threats and response. Attendees will also learn what private-sector entities can expect from the FBI in terms of support when dealing with these attacks.
Active Shooters: Lessons Learned & Useful Resources
Moderator: John Jackson, Executive VP, Fusion Risk Management
Participant: Charles Dushane, Protective Security Advisor, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Protective Security Advisor (PSAs) are trained critical infrastructure protection and vulnerability mitigation subject matter experts. Using lessons learned from past active shooter events, the presenter will share ideas that can help attendees prepare, respond and recover from these types of incidents. Attendees also will get an overview of the various resources that are available to help organizations prepare for active shooter events. This is a great opportunity to learn from and engage with a local DHS representative.
How to Build Resilience Through Effective & Practical Partnerships
Sara Alexander, Deputy Director, ChicagoFIRST
ChicagoFIRST is a non-profit organization designed to assist the private sector through partnerships with public safety entities. These relationships require flexibility and pragmatism in order to achieve success. In this session attendees will learn how to develop relationships with public sector entities -- what works and what doesn’t -- and how to include these partners in exercises and other preparedness activities that help increase your organization’s resilience. Also included are real-world examples of how partnerships proved effective in emergencies and the lessons learned from these events.
Nothing Spreads Like Fear: Contagion -- A Movie Case Study
Donna Arobone and Marc Tumolo, The Vanguard Group
In this session, we will watch clips from the 2011 thriller disaster film Contagion, directed by Steven Soderbergh. The film documents the spread of a virus transmitted by fomites, attempts by medical researchers and public health officials to identify and contain the disease, the loss of social order in a pandemic, and finally the introduction of a vaccine to halt its spread. The presenters will facilitate a discussion to explore the behavioral, ethical, and procedural aspects of a widespread emergency and the impacts to your organization. We will discuss the realistic versus fictional aspects of the movie and how both the private and public sectors would be impacted by a worldwide pandemic outbreak.