On Monday, June 25, 2018, INTERCEP held a web forum on the spread of tick- and mosquito-borne diseases and infections. Dr. Maria Diuk-Wasser, Associate Professor, Department of Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology at Columbia University and Principal Investigator at the Northeast Regional Center for Excellence in Vector Borne Diseases at Columbia University, and Bryon Backenson, New York State Department of Health, Bureau of Communicable Disease Control, provided insights and discussed current trends in these diseases, data collection methods, a new app to assess exposure risk, as well as mitigation measures to reduce the risk to these public health concerns. You can read a summary of the web forum here. You can also access a recording of the web forum here.
On Tuesday, May 15, 2018 Bryan Norcross, Senior Hurricane Specialist at The Weather Channel, discussed the 2018 Hurricane Season Outlook: What to Expect and How to Prepare, and provided insights about early predictions, some of the factors that contribute to variations from one hurricane season to another, and crisis communications lessons learned from last year. You can read a summary of the web forum here. And you can hear a recording of the web forum here.
On April 30, 2018 Jake Williams, Founder and President of Rendition Infosec and SANS Instructor and Course Author led a web forum on Lessons Learned from City Government Cyber Attacks. Cyber-attacks on city governments, including the recent ransomware attack on Atlanta, pose a threat to both the public and private sectors. You can read a summary of the web forum here. And you can access a recording of the web forum here.
On March 29, 2018, Dr. Jennifer Kavanagh, Associate Director, Strategy, Doctrine, and Resources Program, at RAND Arroyo Center discussed the meaning of the term Truth Decay, and provided comparisons to other historical periods when similar trends have been observed. The presentation also included the main drivers and actors that contribute to Truth Decay and the implications for democracy. You can read a summary of the web forum here. And you can access a recording of the web forum here.
On February 26, 2018 Dr. Peter Katona, Clinical Professor of Medicine and Adjunct Professor of Public Health at UCLA, presented a web forum titled Flu Season: Current Activity, Prevention Efforts, and Forecast and provided insights on the latest data and on preventive measures. You can read a summary of the web forum here. You can also access a recording of the web forum here.
On January 18, 2018, Jessica Grannis, Adaptation Program Manager for the Georgetown Climate Center and staff attorney and adjunct professor at the Harrison Institute for Public Law at the Georgetown University Law Center presented on Climate Change Adaptation Lessons Learned from Hurricane Sandy, and provided insights to climate change adaptation in the Northeast and across the United States. You can read a summery of the web forum here. You can access a recording of the web forum here.
On December 14, 2017, David Stark, Meteorologist and Winter Weather Program Lead at the National Weather Service in New York discussed the various weather events that impact people during the winter months, as well as new information products that can help organizations plan and prepare for winter weather, as part of the Severe Winter Weather Outlook 2017-2018 web forum. You can read a summary of the web forum here. A recording of the web forum is available here.
On November 14, 2017, Sweta Chakraborty, Ph.D., former Associate Director at the Institute on Science for Global Policy led a discussion titled Cognitive Behavioral Science Insights and the Future of Risk Management. Among the topics included were: new challenges and the new risk normal, public perceptions of risk, and the role of cognitive behavioral science in informing risk communication. You can read a summary of the web forum here. You can listen to the web forum recording here.
On October 17, 2017, Colin Stimmler, Director of the Biodetection Preparedness and Response Unit at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, discussed bioterrorism and the ways New York City addresses biological agent threats through detection, response and remediation planning and preparedness. You can read summary of the web forum here.
On September 12, 2017, Jason Fricke, Senior Cybersecurity Engineer at Carnegie Mellon SEI CERT, and Jay Braun, Manager, Incident Control and Response, United States Postal Service (USPS), discussed the latest on Ransomware and Other Escalating Cyber Threats, with a special focus on preparedness and response to ransomware attacks to the USPS.Read More
On August 10, 2017, InterCEP held a web forum on ways to address civil unrest, flash mobs, and protests when they impact private sector facilities. William Bernhjelm, Deputy Director of Security at Mall of America, provided some background and context for safety and security at Mall of America, and discussed several events related to these topics.Read More
The International Center for Enterprise Preparedness (InterCEP) publishes an annual report titled Global Risk Digest. The goal of the digest is to synthesize the findings of various reports on global and regional risks to inform organizations about the current threat landscape. An understanding of current and potential risks is a key aspect of organizational resilience. The 2017 edition summarizes key findings from reports published by World Economic Forum, Pew Research Center, Cambridge Centre for Risk Studies, Aon Risk Solutions, NC State Enterprise Risk Management Initiative, The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), Eurasia Group, Atlantic Council, and International Center for Enterprise Preparedness (InterCEP). The focus of these reports varies from general risks to more specific areas of risk, such as political or economic risks. The digest is available here.
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.