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April 8, 2021
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We continue the tradition of recognizing chapter members' service to their chapters and fellow members. Meet the individuals voted by their chapters as MVPs. Each newsletter, we'll be featuring two new MVPs.
 
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Middle Tennessee Chapter: Eric House
Eric has been instrumental to our chapter's success by organizing and hosting quality monthly virtual meetings, coordinating roundtable discussions addressing COVID response and recovery, and surveying members to ensure a consistent way to share trends through-out the year.  We are very fortunate to have Eric on the Board!
 
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Mid-Florida Chapter: Adam Eckstein, Chapter Program Director
As a four-pete recipient of this award, Adam appears to be unstoppable in keeping chapter members and invited guests engaged with new and thought provoking speakers and topics. Adam is extremely personable and makes an effort to build and maintain a strong network of professionals that he leverages for the good of all. His communication and social media skills allow him to reach out and across different business sectors and bring people together. Adam has been scheduling and hosting our chapter meetings throughout the year. Our chapter will survive this pandemic thanks to Adam's efforts!
 
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Let's Discuss: Business Continuity and
Power / Internet Issues While Staff Are Working Remotely

Thursday, April 22, 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
Events have not stopped due to COVID. Natural disasters abound: winter storms with snow and ice; hurricane season is quickly approaching in the northern hemisphere; wildfires continue to rage.

Are you concerned about all the work-from-home staff as it relates to continued operations? What happens if a wide geographic area experiences a power and/or internet outage? Do your Business Continuity plans include strategies for continued operations? Can you shift work to another region? Is there a plan to bring staff back to a facility?

Join ACP for another invigorating discussion on these questions and more!
 
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Business Continuity's Role in Operational Resilience

Thursday, May 13

1:00 PM Eastern | 12:00 PM Central | 11:00 AM Mountain | 10:00 AM Pacific

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Presented by:
Kim Hirsch
Manager - Advisory Services at Fusion Risk Management

MBCP, MBCI, BCI USA Chapter Board Member Chair, InfraGard National, Business Continuity Cross-Sector Council

Kimberly D. Hirsch manages The Advisory Team at Fusion Risk Management. Kim oversees the group that provides subject matter expertise in order to help customers plan, implement and exercise enterprise business continuity, disaster recovery, crisis management and operational risk programs and associated components. 
What sets resilient organizations apart from vulnerable organizations is that they understand how their business works, how it breaks, and how to put it back together again. As operational resilience becomes a more popular topic, business continuity practitioners are asking what they can do to bring this culture into their organization.

In this webinar, Fusion Risk Management will discuss:
  • What operational resilience is
  • How business continuity management will see a shift in the upcoming years
  • Her experience with helping organizations embrace resilience
  • Tips on how to incorporate resilience in your organization
Learn More and Register for These Events!
 
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Friday, April 16
3:30 PM Eastern | 2:30 PM Central | 1:30 PM Mountain | 12:30 PM Pacific

Presented by Lori Hodges, Cascading Events and Unintended Consequences will follow large-scale events and how planning can change to be better prepared for complex events. This meeting will provide the following:
 
  • Overview of our complex environment that has led to larger and more frequent disasters
  • Description of how Cascading Events and Unintended Consequences can cause critical disruptions
  • Introduction to Consequence Management Analysis as a planning tool 
 
 
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The USF Hurricane Research Team is conducting a survey this year to compare against data gained earlier in the pandemic and that also addresses questions of vaccination. They are interested in reaching any population that lives in a hurricane-prone area. Any results from this survey will be disseminated to all interested stakeholders and parties before the official start of the 2021 hurricane season. Please assist them in this round of survey distribution; attached are two flyers with links to with links to the surveys in both Spanish and English.

Click here to complete the survey in English or Spanish.
 
 
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Data encryption. It’s a bit like insurance.  We all know we need it but it’s difficult to decide what we protect and select the right policies. So, we tend to get cover only when we feel it’s absolutely necessary – for our property, our cars and when we travel, for example.

Many organizations feel the same about data encryption – they consider it a necessary evil so just do the bare minimum. Full disk encryption is frequently deployed across endpoints but really just to check the ‘Do you encrypt everything?’ checkbox, and this is creating a false sense of security. It’s a great protection if someone loses their laptop but is of absolutely no use in protecting data against unauthorized access or theft from a running system.


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Many countries are investing heavily in their 5G network, especially in Asia. However, increasing connectivity through 5G networks also comes with heightened cybersecurity threats. As the new technology links both the physical and virtual world, 5G security risks will have societal-wide impacts. To overcome these challenges, authorities need to build security regimes that protect not only 5G infrastructure and services, but the applications and IoT devices that run across 5G rails.

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Cybersecurity departments are working harder than ever right now. They’re facing a rapidly evolving threat landscape, a key driver impacting information security.

The pandemic has stepped things up a gear by unleashing a blizzard of cyber-attacks, ranging from phishing expeditions to ransomware. It is reported that 91% of firms have seen an increase in cybersecurity attacks, and I believe that could be a conservative estimate. Plus, they’re having to manage many more security tools now, deployed as a quick security fix to cope with the big shift to remote working, coupled with the significant increase in alerts the new tools generate.

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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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
 
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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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 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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