On September 25, 2018, Pete O'Dell shared his insights on the importance of situational awareness and intelligence, and the latest technology developments in this area. He is the President and Founder of Swan Island Networks, which developed the TX360 technology platform as an affordable, cloud-based, easy to deploy and use situational awareness platform that can help organizations with real-time monitoring, risk reduction, and response. The core TX360 platform can be tailored to the specific needs of an organization. David Jones, CTO of Swan Island Networks, provided a demo of this technology platform. You can read a summary of the web forum here. You can also access a recording of the web forum here.
On Tuesday, August 21, 2018 INTERCEP held a web forum titled Our Warming World: Consequences of Global and Regional Climate Change. Dr. David Robinson, New Jersey State Climatologist and Professor of Geography at Rutgers University, provided insights on climate change impacts, with a focus on temperature increases and heat, and responded to participant questions. You can read a summary of the web forum here. And you can access a recording of the web forum here.
On Tuesday, August 21, 2018, Bryan Norcross, Hurricane Specialist at The Weather Channel, provided an update on this year’s hurricane season. This update was a follow-up to Bryan Norcross’s web forum held earlier in the year (May 15, 2018) when the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) produced the first Atlantic Hurricane Season Outlook. You can read a summary of the update here. You can listen to the web forum here.
A unique, innovative program, the Metropolitan Resilience Network (MRN), now has over 1,000 credentialed stakeholders from hundreds of public and private organizations in the New York metro area. MRN members are connected and collaborating on shared threats to the region through a unique technology platform as well as a wider spectrum of activities. MRN participants come from 325 companies in the private sector – ranging from finance, media, healthcare, communications, pharmaceutical, legal, critical infrastructure, insurance, real estate —and over 60 public sector organizations, including transportation, emergency management, public health, defense, and public safety. Through the MRN program, members are directly collaborating on preparedness, response and recovery activities in response to current and potential threats.
Whether it is another Superstorm Sandy, terrorist attack, infectious disease outbreak or any one of the lesser emergencies that occur more regularly, the MRN is enabling companies, government agencies and NGOs to increase resilience and address these threats.
The Metropolitan Resilience Network reflects an innovative government agency and university collaboration, embodying the next wave in public-private partnership that is proving to be a global prototype for cities worldwide.
The program is championed and funded by the Office of Emergency Management of the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey. The Port Authority is responsible for some of our nation’s most critical and iconic infrastructure including the World Trade Center, all major metropolitan airports (JFK, Newark Liberty, LaGuardia), all bridges and tunnels connecting New York and New Jersey (including the George Washington Bridge, Holland & Lincoln Tunnels), the PATH subway system and the Ports of New York and New Jersey.
"The MRN is essential for its unique capacity for both 24/7 situational awareness and public-private collaboration. As a core economic engine for the metropolitan region, the Port Authority understands that we are all interdependent - business, government and non-profits. In this increasingly risk prone and disruptive world, public-private collaboration on shared risks is a necessity for sustaining any organization through disruptions. The MRN is a vital part of our focus on advancing a world class organization based on global best practices," according to Jerry McCarty, Director of Emergency Management for the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey
The program was developed and is hosted by the International Center for Enterprise Preparedness (INTERCEP) at New York University. The Center is a global leader in organizational resilience advancing public – private collaboration on shared risks since its founding in 2004.
Through the MRN, members can share a common operating picture of what is happening around us in the region on a 24/7 basis through real-time information feeds. Then as a trusted and connected community, MRN members can collaborate to jointly leverage resources and capabilities to address disruptions from large to small. In our increasingly disruptive world, collaboration is a global imperative and we are thankful that the Port Authority’s leadership has made this global prototype for public-private collaboration possible,” says Bill Raisch, Director of NYU INTERCEP.
The Metropolitan Resilience Network has developed two key capabilities to help organizations build resilience and prepare for threats:
1. 24/7 Situational Awareness Platform with Crisis Dashboards when Needed - delivered through a unique technology platform which provides a common operating picture for all parties to monitor what is happening in the region from day-to-day to crisis situations. When a major incident occurs, new dashboards are added giving members real time information from many sources.
2. Joint Communications & Collaboration Capacity - enabling organizations to cooperate with others on shared threats before, during and after incidents. This collaboration includes web forums, joint exercises, face-to-face meetings, best practice sharing, benchmarking, quick response surveys, file sharing and other online collaboration.
The MRN’s cloud-based platform delivers 24/7 Situational Awareness, providing timely information on threats and their impacts on the surrounding environment. Current and evolving threats include severe weather (hurricanes, nor’easters, heat waves, etc.), infectious disease, terrorism, active shooters, cyber security, transportation disruptions, and others. These threats are monitored on the MRN platform via information flows from vetted government and other trusted sources with alerts to members as appropriate through dedicated online Dashboards and “Smart Alerts” via email and text as necessary.
In addition to providing robust situational awareness, the MRN enables members to collaborate on preparedness, response and recovery activities - either business-to-business or business-to-government in response to current and emerging threats.
A diversity of industry sectors and government have found the MRN program valuable:
From Banking: “The MRN situational awareness dashboard is unlike anything else that exists in the region and has proven useful during threatened transit strikes, severe weather, and other incidents,” Global Business Resiliency Manager, Top Three American Bank
“The MRN networking platform and partnership provides key and timely information to key stakeholders facing emergency and/or disruptive incidents.” VP & Chief Security Officer, Top Three US Life Insurance Company
“The MRN provides a wide array of information in different forums from 24/7/365 information (very promptly before/following event that is very useful) to the experts at the Urgent Threats Forum to excellent monthly web forums,” Mary Gardner, VP Business Resilience, Group Risk Management, Zurich Insurance
From Retail: “…the “one-stop shopping” vs having to access multiple sites is extremely useful and time saving. I find the web forums and public-private exercises to be timely, on-point and relevant,” Senior Manager, Business Resiliency, Top 20 US Retailer
From Pharma: “The exchange of ideas and thoughts between committed and passionate resilience and security professionals can only serve to preserve the ongoing safety and security of this nation and its infrastructure. At a time when the world is more at risk than ever from lone wolves and state-actors, the free flow of information and support across our community is to be promoted wherever possible,” Chris Green, Head of HSE & BCM Risk Management, Novartis
From Communications: “As the business continuity leader for a major communications company in the tristate area, the Metropolitan Resilience Network is one of my first and key sites to access, collaborate and interact with for a multitude of business interruption situations that can put our organization at risk. Their web forums, survey results and dashboards provide critical and timely information for better decision making at a single location when situations escalate quickly,” Director Business Continuity Management, Top 5 US Cable Provider
From Legal: “The Metropolitan Resilience Network has proven to be an invaluable resource in my business continuity role, establishing its initial value with the monthly seminars, then with the annual senior leaders symposium and most recently with its situational awareness platform,” says Christopher Hetherington, Senior Manager, Office of Business Continuity, Weil, Gotshal & Manges
From Healthcare: “The MRN program provides valuable connection and collaboration between the public/private sector; which will enable productive and rapid response to emergency situations that may impact our communities,” Corporate Director, Business Resilience Officer, Leading Heath Insurance Company
From Government: “To me, the MRN serves as additional vital layer for information exchange and situational awareness monitoring, particularly for stakeholders and partners who may not have access to the federal, state, and local platforms during not only crisis situations… but just as importantly during steady state,” Regional Director, Federal Agency
The MRN’s innovative situational awareness platform is built upon a unique technology (TX360) developed by Swan Island Networks, a leading technology firm focused on advancing situational awareness and business intelligence.
“Using our TX360 Situational Awareness cloud platform, INTERCEP staff have published 100’s of different Dashboards, monitoring a worldwide, regional and NYC specific set of information feeds.” said Pete O’Dell, CEO of Swan Island Networks. “When a crisis occurs, they can rapidly construct and publish a real-time collection and monitoring effort.”
For more information about joining the MRN, or the TX360 platform, please contact the following.
About the MRN and the NYU International Center for Enterprise Preparedness (INTERCEP)
NYU INTERCEP is dedicated to forwarding collaboration on shared risks among businesses, governments and the NGO community. The Center hosts the Metropolitan Resilience Network focused on the metro New York / New Jersey and Connecticut area as well as the Global Risk Network which focuses on enabling situational awareness, information sharing and collaboration in over 120 global cities. See intercep.nyu.edu, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call: 646-997-4020.
About TX360/Swan Island Networks
Swan Island Networks, Inc. is a software-as-a-service (SaaS) company that provides a cloud platform that delivers trusted situational awareness and threat intelligence capabilities for enterprise and public sector organizations. Swan Island’s TX360 service is a highly secure cloud-based platform for managing the integration, display and sharing of critical information in an affordable, easily deployable, scalable and easy to use format For more information, please visit swanislandnetworks.com or email email@example.com.
On July 31, 2018, Gregory W. Ehrie, Special Agent in Charge of the Newark Field Office, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), provided a briefing and discussion on the current threat landscape from the FBI’s perspective. The discussion focused on three areas: counterterrorism, cyber threats and criminal organizations. A summary of the web forum is available here. A recording of the web forum is available here.
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.