The Metropolitan Resilience Network (MRN) held a web forum in partnership with the Contingency Planning Exchange (CPE) on June 21, 2017, to address the impacts that disruptions associated with the Amtrak Penn Station Infrastructure Renewal this summer will have on the Metropolitan area, and to identify strategies and measures organizations can adopt to mitigate potential impacts. You can read a summary of the web forum here.
On June 20, 2017, the International Center for Enterprise Preparedness (InterCEP) held a web forum focused on food security, migration and climate change. Brian Bogart, a program officer at the United Nations World Food Program (WFP), provided an overview of major trends on food security in the context of climate change, displacement and migration, and shared his organization’s efforts to address these challenges. You can read a summary of the web forum here. You can stream a recording of the entire web forum here. You can download the speaker's PowerPoint here.
On May 11, 2017, Bryan Norcross, Senior Hurricane Specialist at the Weather Channel, discussed the outlook for this year's hurricane season and new preparedness tools and strategies. You can read a summary of the web forum here. You can access a recording of the entire web forum here. You can download the speaker's PowerPoint here.
On April 18, 2017, Mark Keim, CEO of DisasterDoc, professor of disaster medicine at Harvard Medical School, and professor of public health at Emory University, led a discussion on infectious diseases, including recent developments and the global forecast for 2017. You can read a summary of the web forum here.
On February 16, 2017, Edward R. Osann, Senior Policy Analyst in the Water Program at Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), led a discussion about water scarcity and efficiency strategies in the United States. His presentation covered three general topics: areas of the US most affected by water scarcity; policies and technologies to improve water efficiency; and potential for future regulations and voluntary programs. You can read a summary of web forum here. You can access a recording of the whole web forum here.
On March 14, 2017, Mohamed Telab, Protective Security Adviser for DHS’s Office of Infrastructure Protection Region II, led a discussion about how to plan for, respond to, and recover from an active shooter event. You can read a summary of the web forum here. You can access a recording of the whole web forum here.
On June 7-8, 2016, leaders from the private and public sectors, non-governmental organizations, critical infrastructure and academia attended the Urgent Threats Forum in New York City to discuss a wide range of risks that affect global cities. These included severe weather, terrorism, infrastructure dependencies and interdependencies, cyber-attacks and insider threats, infectious disease and earthquakes. Participants also discussed strategies to mitigate the impacts of these risks. You can read a summary of the forum here.
On January 10, 2017, Mathew J. Burrows, who serves as the director of the Atlantic Council's Strategic Foresight Initiative in the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security, discussed the current situation in the Middle East, with a focus on Syria. The web forum was titled The Next Four Years: Update on Syria, and the discussion addressed some important drivers of change in the region. A summary of the web forum is available here.
On November 15, 2016, Karen J. Greenberg, Director of the Center on National Security at Fordham University, and a noted expert on national security, terrorism, and civil liberties, led a discussion about privacy and security titled Apple vs. the FBI: The Inevitable Clash and its Global Ramifications. The discussion addressed recent cases of disagreement between private U.S. technology companies and government agencies with regard to customer data and privacy. You can read a summary of the web forum here.
On December 2, 2016, Gary Conte, Warning Coordination Meteorologist at the National Weather Service, led a web forum titled Severe Winter Weather Outlook for 2017: What to Expect and How to Prepare. You can read a summary of the web forum here. You can access a recording of the whole web forum here.
October 18, 2016, Nader Mehravari, PhD, Chief Scientist at Axio, led a discussion about cyber risks and business continuity titled “Response and Recovery Considerations in Face of Disruptive and Destructive Cyber Events.” As summarized below, his presentation addressed the nature of the cyber threat, potential impacts for an organization, and how different responses may be warranted depending on the specific circumstances of a cyber-attack. You can read a summary of the web forum here.
The world is facing a diversity of growing threats from severe weather and infectious disease to cyber security and terrorism. The ability to effectively share information and collaborate among private and public organizations will be vital to addressing these threats. In response, the Global Resilience Network launched its powerful Global Situational Awareness Platform (G-Sit) on Wednesday, October 19th at the Global Resilience Summit hosted by London First. Read More...
On September 14, 2016, Gregory Ehrie, Special Agent in Charge of the Intelligence Division at FBI New York Office (NYO), led a discussion about lone wolf terrorism and militant extremists. As summarized below, the discussion addressed the ways in which these threats are evolving and the efforts of the intelligence and law enforcement communities to mitigate them. You can read a summary of the web forum here. You can access a recording of the whole forum here.
On August 16, 2016, Panu Poutvaara, PhD, Director of the Ifo Center for International Institutional Comparisons and Migration Research and Professor of Economics at the University of Munich, led a discussion on mass migration and its impacts on urban areas. You can read a summary of the web forum here. You can access a recording of the whole forum here.
On July 21, 2016, InterCEP held a web forum to discuss Brexit and its implications for the private sector. The discussion was led by three panelists: Alex White, Country Analysis Director at the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), Dr. Nicholas Economides, Professor of Economics at New York University’s Stern School of Business, and Robert Hall, Director of Security & Resilience Network at London First. You can access a recording of the forum here. You can read a summary of the forum here.
On June 23, 2016, InterCEP held a web forum on the latest advancements in situational intelligence with Pete O'Dell, founder and CEO of Swan Island Networks. This topic is central to InterCEP’s mission to promote collaboration and information sharing to support constructive action. The discussion with participants also focused on the needs of the professional community and current directions in technology. You can read a summary of the web forum here. You can watch the whole web forum here.
On April 14, 2016, Kathryn A. Hanley, Professor in the Department of Biology at New Mexico State University, discussed Zika virus and other mosquito-borne viruses. Her talk, titled “Waiting in the Wings: Emergence, Impact and Control of Mosquito-Borne Viruses,” addressed the origin and spread of these viruses, ways we can respond to the challenges they pose and potential outcomes for the near future. You can read a summary of the web forum here. You can watch the whole forum here.
On March 16, 2016, Randall Trzeciak, director of the CERT Insider Threat Center at Carnegie Mellon University’s Software Engineering Institute, discussed insider threat by cyber vector. As part of the discussion he described different types of malicious insider threats, key research efforts in this area, best practices to mitigate this type of threat, and strategies for building an effective insider threat program. Read a summary of the web forum here. You can watch the whole forum here.