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February 11, 2021
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The Association of Continuity Professionals is supported by partners who enhance ACP's mission to shape and support the global community of resilience practitioners.

ACP is pleased to share the following information from one of these partners, Agility Recovery.
2020 was a year of unexpected and compounded disruptions that will continue to challenge businesses as they adapt and optimize their business continuity and risk management strategies with lessons learned and long-term outlooks. Business operations and workforce safety continue to be put to the test with climate disasters, civil unrest, cybersecurity threats, COVID-19 compliance, and more – all with ongoing uncertainty. 

Download Agility's latest Business Resilience and Insights Report that details trends and insights in the business resiliency industry as well as helpful tips, resources, customer stories, and outlooks to promote a resilient 2021. 
 
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We continue the tradition of recognizing chapter members' service to their chapters and fellow members. Meet the men and women voted by their chapters as MVPs. Each newsletter, we'll be featuring two new MVPs.
 
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Atlanta Chapter: Dawn Johnson
Dawn took the initiative and pride in ACP to bring the Atlanta ACP Chapter back from ruins. She knew it would be tough and a challenge but she was determined to make it work. She assembled a base board of directors for the chapter and in September 2019 held the first meeting in over a year. She was able to recruit the rest of the board. Under her leadership, the current board has become a team, working together to grow the chapter, our website and continue to conduct valuable and informational chapter meetings. COVID-19 did not deter Dawn; she kept the board focused by ensuring the board meetings occurred along with virtual chapter meetings. With Dawn's forward vision and leadership, the Atlanta chapter is well positioned to grow and flourish in the future, with or without COVID-19. She is well deserving of the MVP award.
 
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Colorado Rocky Mountain Chapter: Russ Laughlin
Not only has Russ been putting programs together, he continues to keep the meetings virtual. He has brought forward speakers that have the skills to present in virtual format and with content that kept the audiences engaged. Being a Program Director is challenging as you have to anticipate what would interest the entire CRMC-ACP membership. Getting speakers in our industry during these times is a huge challenge, not matter the topic. Russ has put in the ‘extra effort’ this year as Program Director.
 
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Let's Discuss: Business Continuity and Supply Chain Risk Management – Exploring the Critical Link!

Thursday, February 11, 2021
4:00 PM Eastern | 3:00 PM Central | 2:00 PM Mountain | 1:00 PM Pacific


Click here to register!
Presented by:
Michael Harding, AFBCI, CBCP
Program Lead, Holman Enterprises
Businesses rely on critical 3rd party providers and supply chains for products and services that, if disrupted, could negatively impact customers and clients. This could be in the form of financial losses, but it could also have contractual, reputation, and customer retention implications. Business Continuity professionals need to be actively engaged and integrated into the supply chain risk processes and procedures. Join presenter and ACP member Michael Harding for an in-depth discussion.
 
Visit ACP's website for more details and to register for all upcoming webinars!
 
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Friday, February 19, 2021 
3:00 - 6:00 Eastern | 2:00 - 5:00 Central | 1:00 - 4:00 PM Mountain | 12:00 - 3:00 Pacific

All are welcome to hear Gerry's 2021 List of Risk items:
  • COVID-19 related risks
  • Natural disasters
  • Supply chain risks
  • Cyber risks
  • Physical security.
Gerry is long time CRMC chapter member and is an engaging speaker!
Register for CRMC's Meeting
 
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Winter weather is becoming more extreme, testing the mettle of organizations, including corporations and federal agencies, and state and local governments. Fortunately, security and emergency teams have access to actionable intelligence and advanced tools to protect employees and the community and sustain vital business operations.

In this guide, you’ll find:
  • Best practices to follow before, during and after a critical weather event
  • Tips on using critical event management technology to pivot quickly during disasters
  • How to respond and recover smoothly from supply chain disruptions
Winter never takes a day off. Learn what it takes to manage winter weather critical events all season long.

Download your best practices guide today!
 
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A hacker is selling over 500 million Facebook users’ phone numbers through a Telegram bot, according to Motherboard.

Alon Gal, o-founder and CTO of cybersecurity firm Hudson Rock, who Motherboard of the breach, says that the data originated from a 2019 Facebook vulnerability.

Read more.
 
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We are living in a data economy which can seem at odds with an increasingly privacy-driven world. This has led companies across industries to develop protocols around what data they can utilize, how it’s used and by whom ー leaving many to assume they must walk a tightrope between maintaining compliance with data regulation and achieving data-driven business outcomes.

Read more.
 
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Ask yourself this – have you started putting plans together for your office or store to re-open? The return to work phase may not happen tomorrow, but it’s moving closer every day. Because of this, it’s critical to prepare for unique situations brought on from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Reading this article will help you develop a list of potential scenarios your organization will experience when restarting operations, while providing proactive steps you can take. We highlight some of the issues you’ll see regarding:
  • People
  • Environment
  • Communications
  • Meetings
  • Employment considerations
  • Travel and more
 
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We have entered an age of synchronicity, in which seemingly unrelated critical events converge and influence one another in ways that are both complex and unexpected.

It will become increasingly difficult for response teams to anticipate how their plans and processes will be affected by external factors or to approach critical events as discrete, isolated incidents. The implications for business owners and crisis and incident response professionals are likely to be profound and long lasting.

Read our new white paper to learn how BlackBerry is enabling public and private sector clients to navigate this new threat environment, enhance their resilience, and fulfill their duty of care commitments to employees and the communities they serve.

Read more.
 
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Our goal is to drive valuable expertise to our members. And we need you to help!

If you are an expert interested in supporting the profession through educating your peers, we’d love to consider featuring you as an ACP featured presenter.

To be considered, complete this form and email it to Rebecca Merrill. Our Education Committee will review submittals and connect with you on next steps.
We are currently looking for 2021 webinars.

If you are interested in driving quality content to members behind the scenes, we invite you to consider volunteering with the Education Committee. For more information, please contact Robbie LaRocca or Ed Goldberg.
 
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ACP needs your help!

Click on the button below and use the form to submit your articles, events, and news to the bi-weekly newsletter.
Just download the form, fill it out and save it, and then email it to Rebecca Merrill.

 
Click here to Submit Your Ideas for News & Views!
 
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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.

Further information on the program can be found under the "Sponsors" tab of the ACP website.  Why not take the opportunity to have a conversation with ACP staff regarding the program deliverables which best align with your strategic marketing plan.  They can be reached at or by calling 1.800.445.4227 FREE.
 
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Know someone who would be interested in this timely resource specifically for continuity professionals?  Pass along this e-news and encourage them to join ACP.

The ACP Get Connected! initiative asks every ACP member to personally reach out to one colleague, friend or acquaintance for membership this year in order to build a stronger, better ACP.
 
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