August 17, 2021
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Can Community Resilience to Disaster be Taught?

Thursday, August 26, 2021
1:00 PM Eastern | 12:00 PM Central | 11:00 AM Mountain | 10:00 AM Pacific

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Presented by:
Dr. Bernard A. Jones
Assistant Professor St. John's University
Chapter President, ACP Garden State Chapter
Board Member, ACP National Board of Directors

Dr. Bernard A. Jones, CBCP, serves as Assistant Professor at St. John’s University. He is a certified business continuity and emergency management professional with more than 20 years of experience implementing enterprise business continuity and emergency management programs. 
The foundations of resilience research are embedded in psychology; however, the concept has been adopted in many other areas. Moreover, the multifaceted and diverse field of resilience has become more prevalent in disaster response literature but is confusing in the different ways defined and applied. This presentation will clarify the concept of resilience and develop a helpful dialogue about better ways to assist those experiencing disaster. If communities want to survive, recover, and thrive in the aftermath of disaster events, we need to begin with helping individuals and organizations in understanding resilience.
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Friday, August 20, 2021
3:30 PM Eastern | 2:30 PM Central | 1:30 PM Mountain | 12:30 PM Pacific

Open-Source Intelligence (OSINT) is a useful technique for obtaining public information for the purposes of protecting various types of assets for business continuity and disaster recovery. We’ll discuss how OSINT can be properly utilized in the context of critical infrastructure and protecting personnel, such as senior executives and C-Suite level. What would your business do upon a breach in personnel? How should you plan? What policies do you have in place to obtain pertinent information? We’ll explore the wide resources of OSINT in this presentation.

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The importance of disaster recovery testing can’t be overstated.

It’s one thing to have a DR plan in place. It’s a whole different ballgame to execute that plan flawlessly because so much can go wrong in the eye of the storm.

You might encounter an issue and have no idea who to call. You might have a name and number, but then you realize in the middle of the crisis that the individual no longer works for your company. These are just some of the issues which could arise in a disaster. If you’re missing even a single piece of key information, you might not be able to bring up your production workloads in your recovery environment.

If you haven’t tested your plan, you’ll have no idea if you’ll encounter these kinds of issues in a real disaster situation. With thorough testing, you can unearth these problems and make alterations ahead of time to hopefully avoid derailing your recovery. Read more.

Your organization has an incident response plan and a relationship with a consulting firm that can help contain and remediate a major data breach when it happens. And, of course, you have cyber and data breach insurance to cover damages. That’s great.

What if I told you none of this makes much of a difference when the nightmare breach scenario actually happens? Sure, an incident response plan is a  great start, but most of those plans focus on the technical and procedural details of responding to an incident and keeping the business running, not the public relations panic that typically occurs after a major breach affecting your customers, brand perception, and security program image.

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The net neutrality debate has now been raging in the United States for over 20 years, pitching one way and then the other with different political parties alternating control at the federal level.

The Obama administration attempted to enshrine it as a principle, and the Trump administration turned it over. President Joe Biden has made his intentions clear about once again taking the upper hand in the battle with a new executive order targeting the nation’s largest broadband providers, shifting policy back to the terms of the Obama era and adding some new regulations.

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