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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with your request to participate. There is no cost for participation.
The goal of the New Jersey Transit Rail Stoppage forum was to discuss the potential risk of a rail stoppage, the impacts such as transportation disruption would have on the metropolitan area, and to identify strategies and measures that organizations can adopt to mitigate potential impacts. You can read a summary of the forum here.
On January 12, 2016, Thomas Popik discussed various issues that can affect the reliability of the national electric power grid, such as space weather, and potential resilience solutions. You can read a summary of the web forum here.
On December 16, 2015, the International Center for Enterprise Preparedness (InterCEP) held a live web forum titled Dirty Bombs: A New York City Multi-Agency Perspective. You can read a summary of the web forum here.
On November 12th Michael Bruno, Dean of the Schaefer School of Engineering and Science at the Stevens Institute of Technology, discussed sea level rise in coastal urban areas. You can read a summary of the web forum here.