Briefing Released - Severe Winter Weather Outlook for 2017: What to Expect and How to Prepare

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. 

Briefing Released - Vital Strategies and Approaches to Integrating Cyber-Security with Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity

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

InterCEP launches its new Global Situational Awareness Platform at London First’s Global Resilience Summit

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...

Briefing Released - FBI Report: Lone Wolf Terrorism And Militant Extremists

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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. 

Briefing Released - Large-Scale Involuntary Migration: Causes & Impacts on Urban Areas

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. 

Briefing Released: Brexit and Implications for Businesses

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.

Briefing Released - What Do You Need? Advancements in Situational Intelligence

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

Global Risk Digest 2016

As part of its activities to support preparedness and resiliency efforts, the International Center for Enterprise Preparedness (InterCEP) produces an annual report titled Global Risk Digest. The goal of the report is to summarize and highlight key global risks of concern and these are identified through reports in the literature, as well as through InterCEP’s various activities, including face-to-face and web forums where experts and risk analysts share their insights and expertise. The 2016 Global Risk Digest aggregates and summarizes information on global risks from the World Economic Forum, the Economist Intelligence Unit and InterCEP’s various events and activities. The report is available here
 

Briefing Released - Waiting in the Wings: Emergence, Impact and Control of Mosquito-Borne Viruses

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

Briefing Released - Insider Threat by Cyber Vector: Briefing and Key Deterrence Strategies

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

Briefing Released - Improvised Nuclear Devices: FEMA’s Perspective on the Threat

On February 24, 2016, Newton Tang, from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), discussed improvised nuclear devices (IND). As part of the discussion he described the nature of the threat, the role of FEMA in this area, potential impacts associated with an IND, and preparedness efforts in this area. You can read a summary of the web forum here

Potential New Jersey Transit Disruption to Impact Metro new York Area

Per the agency, NJ TRANSIT Rail Operations faces the prospect of a system-wide shutdown should the membership of its rail union opt to participate in a work stoppage anytime from March 13th, 2016 onward.  This would result in the complete suspension of NJ TRANSIT rail service, affecting more than 160,000 customers who ride the system on a typical weekday.  In the event of such a stoppage, NJ TRANSIT has developed a contingency plan. You can read the press release here, the contingency plan here and stoppage boards here

For this potential disruption, the Metropolitan Resilience Network has developed dedicated Transportation Status Dashboards for its regional situational awareness platform, Metro-Ops.

If you are interested in becoming member of the network and gaining access to the Metro-Ops platform, please click here.  If you cannot access the link, please email us at intercep@nyu.edu with your request to participate. There is no cost for participation. 

Briefing Released - Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS)

On October 22, 2015, Michael Osterholm, Director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research & Policy (CIDRAP) at the University of Minnesota, discussed Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV), with an emphasis on current trends and factors that make us vulnerable to future outbreaks. The webinar concluded with a discussion of lessons learned from recent experiences with MERS outbreaks and measures that can be taken to be better prepared to address this health issue. You can read a summary of the web forum here. 

Briefing Released - Potentially Catastrophic Vulnerabilities in Global Positioning System (GPS)

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On September 29th, 2015, Jim Caverly, recognized as a leading expert
in Homeland Security with a focus on critical infrastructure
protection and resilience, discussed the Global Navigation Satellite
System (GNSS) and critical dependencies on the Global Positioning
System (GPS) services it provides. The event focused on how the system
works, potential vulnerabilities and current developments to provide
redundancy and improve GPS resilience. You can read a summary of the web forum here.

Briefing Released - india's heatwave: Lessons learned from Ahmadabad

On August 19, 2015, Meredith Connolly from the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) discussed heatwaves and their impacts, with a special focus on the Heat Action Plan of Ahmedabad, India, during the combined Global Resilience Network/Metropolitan Resilience Network live monthly web forum. You can read a summary of the web forum here.