September 17, 2020
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ACP would like to introduce you to one of its sponsors, Agility Recovery.

Agility Recovery, the only integrated business continuity solution that helps businesses Plan, Train, Test, Alert and Recover, all in one, is excited to be a sponsor of the Association of Continuity Professionals (ACP). Agility chose to partner with ACP because we recognize the unique value of the knowledge and expertise garnered and shared by the industry professionals whose mission is achieving resilience at their organizations.  
 
Now more than ever, organizations are adapting to the ever-present unpredictability brought on by the pandemic. By having a strong business continuity and disaster recovery partner, a company safeguards its employees’ well-being, fulfills its customers’ expectations, and continues serving its community.    
 
While working with hundreds of businesses in their response to COVID-19, we have collected lessons learned and actionable best practices to help navigate the changing business continuity landscape.
-    Guide: Business Continuity Lessons Learned from COVID-19
-    Checklist: Pandemic Resilience and Planning Checklist
 
We look forward to our active involvement and knowledge sharing with the ACP community to help achieve organizational resilience.
 
In search of business continuity made simple to fit your business? Contact our experts today.

 
 
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Preparing for a New Era of Civil Unrest: Safety, Security, and Business Continuity
 
Thursday, October 1, 2020

12:00 PM Eastern | 11:00 AM Central | 10:00 AM Mountain | 9:00 AM Pacific

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Presented by:
Steve Crimando, MA, CHPP, CTM

Managing Director, Behavioral Science Applications LLC
Safety, security, and business continuity professionals, as well as emergency management leaders and responders of all types benefit from a knowledge and understanding of the causes, warning signs and behavioral dynamics of groups, crowds and mobs that are associated with violent and destructive behavior. Such an understanding better prepares responders for the new challenges associated with the use of social media (Twitter, Face Book, etc.) and globalization as they relate to the development of crisis situations and the potential of dangerous and violent collective behavior. Civil unrest in surrounding communities can also be highly disruptive to all types of business operations and pose a risk to employers and employees alike. This updated 60-minute program provides timely, actionable information to better protect their organizations’ personnel and assets that deployed to a potential group, crowd or mob situation.

Program Highlights:
• Types, scope and prevalence of collective violence
• Defining and distinguishing between groups, crowds and mobs
• The psychology of crowds
• The physics of crowds
• Identifying “flashpoints”
• Effective countermeasures and crowd management strategies
• Business Continuity and Facility Security concerns and countermeasures
• Personal and team safety in crowds and mobs
• Last-chance survival tactics in violent mob situations
 
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Business Continuity Management Trends, Concerns and New Concepts -
Let’s Discuss: The Value of BCM to organizations!

 
Thursday, October 8, 2020

4:00 PM Eastern | 3:00 PM Central | 2:00 PM Mountain | 1:00 PM Pacific

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Presented by:
Michael Harding


Program Lead - Business Continuity Management, Holman Enterprises

Member, ACP Liberty Valley Chapter
Are you interested in learning about what other professionals have done to ensure their Business Continuity Management (BCM) program adds value to their organization? Would you like to share your ‘value add’ ideas and tips on what you have implemented within your program? Please join this collaborative session where we will take a deep dive into this extremely important topic.
 
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Being a Leader in the Organization's Resilience in Light of COVID-19
Thursday, October 15, 2020
12:00 PM Eastern | 11:00 AM Central |
10:00 AM Mountain | 9:00 AM Pacific

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In light of Covid-19, our Premier Continuum Executive Vice-President Marie-Hélène Primeau will talk about the greater importance for business continuity practitioners to maintain or enhance their leadership role in increasing the organization’s resilience and adapt the BCMP. Key takeaways from this webinar include how to best use The BCI Good Practice Guidelines, the great evolution of Business Continuity: from mandatory expense to strategic investment, the various sources of leadership.

Presented by:
Marie-Hélène Primeau, CA, MBCI, ISO22301, Lead Auditor


       Thank you to our Sponsor
COVID-19 - Impacts to the BCM Profession and the Employment Market
Thursday, October 29, 2020
1:00 PM Eastern | 12:00 PM Central |
11:00 AM Mountain | 10:00 AM Pacific

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We are living in uncertain times. Whether it’s the global pandemic or the social unrest, a lot is out of our control as it pertains to job security. Despite the ominous times we are living in, the one area we do have control over is our career planning. This session will focus on how COVID-19 is impacting the business continuity profession as well as the employment market and future outlook. Preparing for the unknown isn’t necessarily something that comes naturally. Creating a plan and working toward achieving career-focused goals can position you to be competitive in any job market.

Presented by:
Cheyene Marling, Hon MBCI, and Alicia Stevens
 
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Managing the Behavioral Consequences of COVID-19
Thursday, November 19, 2020
1:00 PM Eastern | 12:00 PM Central |
11:00 AM Mountain | 10:00 AM Pacific

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The current novel Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic has already resulted in nearly 24 million infections and 800,000 deaths worldwide so far. The global economy has lost nearly trillions of dollars, with ripple effects causing individuals and businesses serious financial harm. The impact on society, businesses, and especially essential workers has been overwhelming. The psychological effects of a constant news cycle, as well as information on the Internet, can easily become uncomfortable and anxiety-producing.

Disruption of services due to bans on travel or group activities, decreased staffing levels, increased demands for services, and potential problems with the supply chain will strain every part of the global economic system. The impact on those already struggling with mental illnesses and substance abuse problems can represent a critical challenge to their safety and survival, as well as work-related performance and productivity.




Presented by:

Steve Crimando, MA, CHPP, CTM
Safety and Security for the Work-From-Home Workforce
Thursday, December 17, 2020
1:00 PM Eastern | 12:00 PM Central |
11:00 AM Mountain | 10:00 AM Pacific

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Recent research from Stanford suggests that 42 percent of the U.S. labor force now working from home full-time with another 33 percent are not working – a result of the impact of the lockdown recession. The U.S. is a now a working-from-home economy. Almost twice as many employees are working from home as at traditional workplaces.

As the nature of workplace has changed, the nature of workplace violence is also changing. Just because an employee has changed their work location does not mean there is no longer a risk of workplace violence or other safety concerns. Safety and security cannot begin and ends at the walls of the employer’s facilities or the perimeter of their parking lots. The employee working from home may still incur a risk of violence but not enjoy the physical security apparatus or violence prevention programs and practices in place in the traditional workplace, thereby creating a perfect storm of risk. Both employers and employees who are concerned with the possibility of violence encountered on the job would greatly benefit by a discussion of the contemporary workplace violence landscape.


Presented by:
Steve Crimando, MA, CHPP, CTM
 
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Join the Colorado Rocky Mountain Chapter on Friday, September 18 for their monthly chapter meeting.

Friday, September 18
3:30 PM Eastern | 2:30 PM Central | 1:30 PM Mountain | 12:30 PM Pacific

Benefits of a Low-code Platform
​To improve business continuity, a low-code platform can be utilized to increase speed, maintainability, and robustness of an enterprise solution. Customization becomes easy to accomplish and maintain using low-code platform features such as: easily creatable external integrations, create-once and deploy anywhere to web and mobile devices natively, visual design, and ease of collaboration.  In this presentation, we will discuss how these features enable business continuity by improving maintainability of an enterprise application.  There will be a discussion on how low-code application development naturally supports business continuity, as well as a solution preview of what low-code application development looks like in modern application creation.

Presented by: David Carroll and Val Rader, Appian
Click here for more details and to register!
 
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It took two months for the public to learn of the Blackbaud ransomware supply chain attack, and has led to data breaches in more than a hundred universities and nonprofit organizations.

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Apple certified the most prevalent macOS malware through its notarization process. Despite a quick response, the malware succeeded in bypassing Apple's security controls for a second time.

Read more.
 
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This vision of the future of the internet is manifesting in democratic nations as well in the form of laws that hold intermediaries liable for the packets they transfer among other measures.

Read more.
 
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We've recently experienced a renewed interest in ACP's Industry Sponsorship Program from companies providing products and services to contingency professionals.  These individuals are responsible for a variety of mission critical functions including business continuity, disaster recovery, emergency management, and risk management.  This is an opportunity for industry organizations to tell your story and educate an expanding marketplace as to the value of your company deliverables.  As an Association Industry Sponsor you can be assured of significant exposure to our members in a variety of mediums including our weekly communication News & Views.

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