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May 6, 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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Northeast Florida Chapter: John J. Jordan
John has served as an outstanding President of the Northeast Florida ACP for the past several years while somehow managing his successful consulting business and traveling the world sharing his expertise in pandemic planning and response. His selfless devotion to his colleagues in the NEFLACP is greatly appreciated and we all feel very lucky to have such a knowledgeable member leading our team.

Make sure to check out John's June 17 webinar!
 
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North Texas: Chet Bojarski
With the pivot to remote program delivery, Chet embraced the challenge and continued to coordinate and deliver exceptional content in an online format for our members. Chet regularly contributed new and novel ideas on how to best navigate around COVID-19’s impact on our chapter meetings and was the primary reason we continued to see great participation in our monthly programming. Chet is a tremendous asset to ACP and provides great value to members.
 
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Return to Work: Trust in You as the Boss

Thursday, May 6
1:00 PM Eastern | 12:00 PM Central | 11:00 AM Mountain | 10:00 AM Pacific

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Presented by:
Bo Mitchell
President, 911 Consulting

CEM, CPP, CHS-V, CBCP, CSI-ML, HSEEP, CNTA, IAC, MOAB, CHSP, CHEP, CSHM, CESCO, CHCM, CFC, CSSM, CSC, CAS, TFCT3, CERT, CHSEMR, CMC

Bo Mitchell was Police Commissioner of Wilton, CT for 16 years. He retired to found 911 Consulting which creates emergency, disaster recovery, business continuity, crisis communications and pandemic plans, plus training and exercises. Bo has earned 22 certifications in homeland security, emergency management, disaster recovery, business continuity, safety and security. He also serves as an expert in landmark court cases nationally.
If you think that plexiglass, hand cream and desk wipes are the most important issues in your Return to Work, then you will fail with your employees.

The most important issue: Trust in You as the Boss.

The current research:
  • Nationwide, only 15-33% of offices are occupied today.
  • 84% of bosses think they have done “great” job in managing the virus…
  • But, 86% of employees don’t trust their CEO and senior managers to safely return employees to work.
  • 29% of workers would look for a new job rather than return to a site that has not implemented necessary safety measures
Do your employees today trust you or your property manager that your workplace is safe for employees’ RTW?
NO! Your employees don’t trust you.

Lack of trust in you is not about plexiglass, hand cream and desk wipes. Those things are universally expected.

What about your workplace’s safety for emergencies other than COVID like civil unrest, workplace violence, a fire, bomb threat—there’s a long list of Life Safety threats. Your employees are stressed; are coworkers safe to be around? Drugs, alcohol, suicides, street crime, gun violence, gun sales, guns confiscated, OSHA complaints, OSHA citations—all of these uses and abuses are way up since the virus has struck.

Do your employees trust that you have planned for all this? Trained everyone?

Learning Objectives
  1. What is your legal exposure re RTW?
  2. What is the data for the new RTW threat: Employee stress, drug/alcohol use, suicide, workplace violence, etc.?
  3. What are the laws, regulations and standards that focus on RTW for employers?
  4. What leadership by you is necessary for a successful employee RTW strategy.
 
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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
 
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“It Ain’t Over Until It’s Over!” Pandemic Update: Variants, Vaccines, Work-from-Anywhere & Return to Facilities

Thursday, May 20, 2021
1:00 PM Eastern | 12:00 PM Central
11:00 AM Mountain | 10:00 AM Pacific

Presented by:
Regina Phelps
President,
Emergency Management & Safety Solutions



Click here for more info!
 

Post-Pandemic After Action Reviews

Thursday, June 17, 2021
1:00 PM Eastern | 12:00 PM Central
11:00 AM Mountain | 10:00 AM Pacific

Presented by:

John J. Jordan
Managing Director,
Crisis Management Associates, LLC
President, ACP Northeast Florida Chapter

Click here for more info!
Learn More and Register for These Events!
 
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May 21, 2021
3:30 PM Eastern | 2:30 PM Central | 1:30 PM Mountain | 12:30 PM Pacific

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Join ACP Colorado Rocky Mountain's monthly Chapter Meeting! Fear, uncertainty, doubt, and disruption (FUDD) often link together in a way that inhibits our understanding about what we can control and whether recovery from adversity is even possible. The National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST) Risk Management Framework (RMF) offers an integrated approach for building business resilience along multiple dimensions including cybersecurity, product safety, and disaster planning. This talk will explore the RMF stages and real-world examples of business continuity successes despite FUDD challenges.

About the Speaker:  
Jennifer Kurtz
is cyber program director for Manufacturer’s Edge, Colorado’s NIST manufacturing extension partner. Jennifer was a member of the National Security Council Staff, the Council on International Economic Policy, and the US Arms Control and Disarmament Agency. She holds an MBA and PMP certification, as well as a BA in international studies from The American University in Washington, DC.

 
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As the amount of data shared digitally by employees grows, so does the problem of data loss. Employees share vast amounts of data each day, some of it highly sensitive, via an assortment of digital channels, from email to Teams. Each time data is shared digitally, there’s a risk of data loss attached. This could be completely unintentional, for example, an employee sending an email to the wrong person. It could also be reckless, such as an employee intentionally bypassing security protocols when sharing data in order to get the job done. Data loss can also be the result of malicious employee behavior, where the employee has something to gain by intentionally leaking the data, perhaps to a competitor.

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Verizon’s annual mobile security report, one of the industry’s major bellwethers for emerging security trends, paints a picture of a landscape increasingly dependent on mobile devices to get work done even as these devices become a leading IT security risk. This pattern has been driven primarily by the pandemic conditions, with more work done on devices outside of the office and through cloud services that have caused burdensome new workloads for security teams.

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A new study from HP has reviewed over 200 nation-state cyber incidents going back more than a decade, finding new connections between state-backed hacking groups and the criminal underworld. Cyber attacks of this nature have not only doubled since 2017, but are also increasingly incorporating attacks on physical assets (such as infrastructure).

Read more.
 
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If 2020 has taught us anything, it’s this: Now more than ever, businesses and government agencies alike need better capabilities to manage critical events.
 
This critical event management (CEM) e-book looks at the three parts of CEM, then explores a scenario based on actual events to show how calm can turn into chaos – and how OnSolve can take you from chaos to control.
 
In this e-book, you’ll learn:
  • 3 essential parts of critical event management
  • How to reduce risk and improve operational continuity
  • How to manage end-to-end crisis response
 
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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 July - December 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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