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Knowledge Corner - Business Continuity

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Tools

   Security Executive Council Collective Knowledge: Business Continuity Program V.3 This is Security Executive Council material  
Created By: Security Executive Council
This document is based on a presentation in response to new regulations and corporate scrutiny on business crisis management planning, as a result of national incidence, business reporting requirements and corporate and board level risk.
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Research & Benchmarks

   32 Questions to Ask About Your Company's Telecom Resilience  This has been vetted by Security Executive Council  
Created By: UK’ s Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure (CPNI )
This self-assessment questionnaire was produced in the U.K. in collaboration with various telecom providers. It focuses on the resilience of telecom services and was taken from the "Resilience in Converged Networks: Good Practice Guidance" publication by the U.K.'s Centre for the Protection of the National Infrastructure (CPNI).
 
   A Public-Private Partnership for Joint Critical Incident Management This is Security Executive Council strategic alliance partner material  
Created By: Brit Weber, Security Executive Council Emeritus Faculty
Part of the research for this paper focused on Michigan State University’s “Critical Incident Protocol (CIP) – Community Facilitation Program”. The CIP Program is grant funded by the federal government with staff in the School of Criminal Justice facilitating public-private partnerships for joint critical incident management at the city, county, and regional level. The CIP Program has been initiated in 50 communities in 24 states and with 4,200 public and private sector leaders participating in the CIP Program workshops, including three train-the trainer workshops.
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   Catastrophes are Different from Disasters: Some Implications for Crisis Planning and Managing Drawn from Katrina This has been vetted by Security Executive Council  
Created By: E.L. Quarantelli
This 7-page research article out of the Disaster Research Center provides insight on the differences between large scale community disasters and routine emergencies. The importance of this is for leadership to understand the limitations and challenges when working with other stakeholders in the community. Those who have a greater awareness of these factors should be able to leverage the benefits and ultimately the outcomes of response and recovery processes. The author denotes the four different types of organizational response or involvement. Additionally, we see the six different ways that organizations respond to catastrophes versus disasters.
 
   Combating Nuclear Terrorism: Preliminary Observations on Preparedness to Recover from Possible Attacks Using Radiological or Nuclear Materials This has been vetted by Security Executive Council  
Created By: U.S. Government Accountability Office
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) reported that a terrorist’s use of a radiological dispersal device (RDD) or improvised nuclear device (IND) to release radioactive materials into the environment could have devastating consequences. The report discusses recovery activities in the United Kingdom. GAO reviewed federal laws and guidance; interviewed officials from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Department of Energy (DOE), and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA); and surveyed emergency management officials from 13 cities at high risk of attack, their 10 states, and FEMA and EPA regional offices.
 
    Critical Incident Protocol - A Public and Private Partnership This is Security Executive Council strategic alliance partner material  
Created By: Michigan State University
This publication Critical Incident Protocol: A Public and Private Partnership discusses the essential and beneficial process of the public and private sectors working together to plan for emergencies.
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   Doughty Centre 'Guide to Guides': A guide to useful CR/sustainability ‘How to embed CR’ guides This has been vetted by Security Executive Council  
Created By: The Doughty Centre for Corporate Responsibility
This 43-page research report by one of the leading business management schools written for the practitioner examines over 60 Corporate Responsibility guides on building strategy, cultural tone, governance and board oversight, management processes, energizing the value chain, sustainability and more. With the global recession, the authors note that Corporate Responsibility is intact and in some case, better than before.
 
   Public Health Preparedness: Mobilizing State by State This has been vetted by Security Executive Council  
Created By: Centers for Disease Control
This 164-page document by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is an extensive report on each state’s ability to respond to public health emergencies. The benchmark report contains a wealth of information on case studies and best practices and provides an overview of the unique programs across the country. Additionally, the report denotes the limitations of public health capabilities.
 
   Public Role and Engagement in Counterterrorism Efforts: Implications of Israeli Practices for the U.S. - Final Report  This has been vetted by Security Executive Council  
Created By: U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Counterterrorism efforts in Israel, defined here as “operations that include the offensive measures taken to prevent, deter, preempt, and respond to terrorism [emphasis added],” were reviewed to gain better understanding of the Israeli approach, its components and guiding principles. Initial research suggested that strong public resilience and engagement in counterterrorism efforts are key factors contributing to the success of Israeli counterterrorism practices.
 
   Ready or Not? Protecting the Public's Health from Diseases, Disasters, and Bioterrorism This has been vetted by Security Executive Council  
Created By: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
This research report examines the progress that has been made in improving America’s ability to respond to public health emergencies since 2003. This report, the sixth annual edition, finds that on some levels, significant progress has been made in the nation’s preparedness. It includes key findings, key threats, along with a state-by-state public health preparedness assessment, federal preparedness, hospital preparedness and recommendations.
 
   Reducing Terrorism Risk at Shopping Centers: An Analysis of Potential Security Options This has been vetted by Security Executive Council  
Created By: Rand Homeland Security
The results of this study are intended to help guide shopping centers and possibly other private-sector industries in the design and implementation of security strategies aimed at minimizing the risks of terrorism. The report may also be useful in assisting with the design of incentives, standards, or other policy tools aimed at increasing private-sector involvement in homeland security.
 
   The Impact of Catastrophes on Shareholder Value This has been vetted by Security Executive Council  
Created By: Templeton College, Oxford University
This research report aims to identify the impact of catastrophes by focusing on fifteen major corporate catastrophes and tracing their impact on shareholder value. Interestingly, firms affected by catastrophes fall into two relatively distinct groups - recoverers and non-recoverers. The initial loss of shareholder value is approximately 5% on average for recoverers and about 11% for non-recoverers.
 
   The Role of Nongovernmental Organizations in Long-Term Human Recovery After Disaster, Reflections From Louisiana Four Years After Hurricane Katrina This has been vetted by Security Executive Council  
Created By: Rand Gulf States Policy Institute
The Gulf States Policy Institute, a subcomponent of the RAND Corporation released this 34-page Reflections From Louisiana Four Years after Hurricane Katrina paper in 2009. The paper summarizes some of the lessons learned by NGOs as they worked through the cycle of emergency response into a lengthy long-term recovery process that continues. This paper also offers potential actions for government and other organizations to support long-term human recovery, an often-overlooked element of the disaster recovery cycle.
 
   Trend Research: Comprehensive Business Continuity Programs  This is Security Executive Council material  
Created By: Security Executive Council
This compilation of publicly available information, Council research and observations on business continuity is intended to supply background to use to assist in developing a business continuity program or weighing the effectiveness of an existing program.
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   Trend Research: Crisis Management at the Speed of the Internet  This is Security Executive Council material  
Created By: Security Executive Council
This report that sheds light on the rapidly changing nature of threats on the Internet and how companies, with Security’s help, can respond strategically. It provides examples of companies that have faced threats to their brands and how they have responded; strategies to prepare ahead and help to mitigate the effects when a crisis occurs and explores the broader need for a comprehensive communication and crisis management plan that incorporates the dynamic nature of the Internet.
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Presentation Materials

   Business Continuity Dashboard This is Security Executive Council material  
Created By: Security Executive Council
Use this metrics template to communicate as managers and advisors on risk. The slide is customizable; it has been designed to plug-in your own program data, terms, company name, company logo, etc. All of our presentation materials have been field tested by experts and were found to resonate with senior management. Included in the PowerPoint Notes section are application advice and usage comments by our Faculty.
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Books/Guidelines/Manuals

   A Guide to Printed and Electronic Resources for Developing a Cost-Effective Risk Mitigation Plan for New and Existing Constructed Facilities This has been vetted by Security Executive Council  
Created By: National Institute of Standards and Technology
This extensive document provides an annotated bibliography of printed and electronic resources that serves as that central source of data and tools to help the owners, managers, and designers of constructed facilities develop a cost-effective risk mitigation plan.
 
   A Network of Hope: A Resource to Help This has been vetted by Security Executive Council  
Created By: Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum
The Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum published this report on resources to assist communities in the wake of a massive disaster. The Memorial staff invested hundreds of hours in studying the rebuilding process after other incidents, both man-made and natural disasters.
 
   Action Guide for Emergency Management at Institutions of Higher Education This has been vetted by Security Executive Council  
Created By: U. S. Department of Education
This Action Guide for higher educational institutions explains emergency management concepts, including hazards, vulnerabilities, and threats, along with the planning process. This 72-page guide published by the U.S. Department of Education is for public and private community colleges, four-year colleges and universities, graduate schools, and research institutions includes figures and tables.
 
   Business Continuity Playbook This is Security Executive Council material  
Created By: Dean Correia, Contributing Editor
Business continuity planning identifies an organization’s exposure to various risks while bringing together various resources in order to provide effective assessment, preparedness, response, and recovery from these risks negatively impacting the organization. Business continuity planning is an ongoing strategic practice governing how business is conducted.

This Playbook is meant to serve as a framework to help security leaders build a business continuity program from the ground up or enhance the program that is currently in existence. The materials have been compiled using various accredited sources, international standards, and the collective knowledge of the Security Executive Council and its subject matter experts, which represents decades of experience managing business continuity programs. The Playbook is adaptable to companies of all sizes from all industries.

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   Communication and Public Health Emergencies: A Guide for Law Enforcement This has been vetted by Security Executive Council  
Created By: Bureau of Justice Assistance, U.S. Department of Justice; Police Executive Research Forum
This 72-page document for law enforcement agencies covers both internal and external communication processes and plans in responding to and managing public health emergencies. Risk communication, interagency communications, communicating with the public, working with the news media, recovery and lessons learned provide the framework for critical incident management of health emergencies.
 
   Country Reports on Terrorism 2008  This has been vetted by Security Executive Council  
Created By: U. S. Department of State
The U.S. Office for the Coordinator for Counterterrorism in April 2009 released this 351 page manual of the world’s terrorism by country.
 
   Developing and Maintaining State, Territorial, Tribal, and Local Government Emergency Plans This has been vetted by Security Executive Council  
Created By: Federal Emergency Management Agency
The 172 page Comprehensive Preparedness Guide (CPG-101) expands on the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA’s) efforts to provide guidance about response and recovery planning to State, Territorial, Tribal, and Local governments. It also extends those planning concepts into the prevention and protection mission areas.
 
   Doing Business During an Influenza Pandemic This has been vetted by Security Executive Council  
Created By: University of Minnesota Center for Infectious Disease Research & Policy CIDRAP; CIDRAP Business Source; Society for Human Resource Management
This pandemic influenza resource guide by the University of Minnesota, the Society for Human Resources and with support by the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC) provides guidance on policies, protocols, templates, tools and tips on human resource issues for all organizations. This 42-page guide provides many examples along with suggestions.
 
   Expect the Unexpected: Prepare Your Business for Disaster This has been vetted by Security Executive Council  
Created By: U.S. Small Business Administration
This 12-page brochure by the Small Business Administration provides an overview and quick guide on emergency preparedness and business continuity planning.
 
   Framework for Voluntary Preparedness  This has been vetted by Security Executive Council  
Created By: ASIS International, Disaster Recovery Institute International, National Fire Protection Association, Risk and Insurance Management Society, Inc.
Briefing regarding private sector approaches to Title IX of H.R. 1 and Public Law 110-53, a voluntary preparedness accreditation and certification program, that encourage companies to have their plans "certified", based on the size of the organization.
 
   Getting the Most Value From Tabletop Exercises  This is Security Executive Council material  
Created By: Security Executive Council Faculty Rad Jones and Jerry Miller
This document explains why tabletop exercises are important as well as highlighting the elements that are critical to getting real value from your tabletop exercises.
 
   Global Trends 2025: A Transformed World This has been vetted by Security Executive Council  
Created By: National Intelligence Council; U. S. Office of the Director of National Intelligence
The fourth unclassified report prepared by the National Intelligence Council (NIC) in recent years that takes a long-term view of the future. It offers a fresh look at how key global trends might develop over the next 15 years to influence world events. This 125 page report examines globalizing economy, demographics of discord, the new players, natural resources availability, potential conflicts, power sharing and global capabilities.
 
   High Altitude Electromagnetic Pulse (HEMP) and High Power Microwave (HPM) Devices:Threat Assessments This has been vetted by Security Executive Council  
Created By: Congressional Research Service (CRS) Report for Congress
The Congressional Research Service provided this 25-page threat analysis on Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) attacks against the United States. An EMP attack can overload or disrupt at a distance numerous electrical systems and high technology microcircuits, which are especially sensitive to power surges. A large scale EMP effect can be produced by a single nuclear explosion detonated high in the atmosphere. This method is referred to as High-Altitude EMP (HEMP).
 
   Ike and Ice: The Kentucky Public Service Commission Report on the September 2008 Wind Storm and the January 2009 Ice Storm This has been vetted by Security Executive Council  
Created By: Kentucky Public Service Commission
The Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) initiated a review of utility performance on these two significant natural disasters. The topics addressed included disaster preparedness, power restoration, customer relations, public information and others. Because of substantial telecommunication outages and a number of water or wastewater system outages during the ice storm, the scope of the review also was expanded to include these utility sectors. This extensive analysis resulted in 64 recommendations.
 
   Information Sharing and Data Interoperability for Local Communication Centers This has been vetted by Security Executive Council  
Created By: Public Safety Data Interoperability Committee
This document, authored by the Public Safety Data Interoperability (PSDI) committee, provides communication centers (to include Public Safety Answering Points or any agencies that answer emergency calls) with an overview of the issues and opportunities surrounding data interoperability. It provides practical insights and action‐oriented advice for managers looking to enhance data interoperability in their facilities.
 
   NFPA 1600: Standard on Disaster/Emergency Management and Business Continuity Programs This has been vetted by Security Executive Council  
Created By: National Fire Protection Association
The NFPA1600 guideline is a standard that shall establish a common set of criteria for all hazards disaster/emergency management and business continuity programs. This standard provides the fundamental criteria to develop, implement, assess, and maintain the program for prevention, mitigation, preparedness, response, continuity, and recovery. This document shall apply to public, not-forprofit, non-governmental organizations (NGO), and private entities on a local, regional, national, international, and global basis.
 
   National Emergency Communications Plan This has been vetted by Security Executive Council  
Created By: U. S. Department of Homeland Security
The purpose of the National Emergency Communications Plan is to promote the ability of emergency response providers and relevant government officials to continue to communicate in the event of natural disasters, acts of terrorism, and other man-made disasters and to ensure, accelerate, and attain interoperable emergency communications nationwide. The Plan focuses on technology, coordination, governance, planning, usage, training and exercises.
 
   National Incident Management System (NIMS) This has been vetted by Security Executive Council  
Created By: U.S. Department of Homeland Security
The National Incident Management System (NIMS) is the national standard for incident management. It establishes standardized incident management processes, protocols, and procedures that all federal, state, tribal and local responders will use to coordinate and conduct response actions.
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   National Incident Management System Incident Command System (ICS) Forms Booklet, FEMA 502-2  This has been vetted by Security Executive Council  
Created By: Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
This is a “public review” manual by FEMA that is designed to assist emergency response personnel in the use of ICS and corresponding documentation during incident operations. These forms are intended for use as tools for the creation of Incident Action Plans (IAPs), for other incident management activities, and for support and documentation of ICS activities. Included is a general description of each ICS Form’s purpose and suggested preparation. The ICS organizational charts are examples of how an ICS organization is typically developed for incident response.
 
   National Infrastructure Protection Plan This has been vetted by Security Executive Council  
Created By: U.S. Department of Homeland Security
This 188-page U.S. Department of Homeland Security manual provides the overall framework linking public and private sector capabilities and resources in preparing for, responding to and recovering from the impact of man-made and natural disasters against the nation’s critical infrastructure and key resource sectors.
 
   National Intelligence Strategy of the United States of America This has been vetted by Security Executive Council  
Created By: Office of the Director of National Intelligence
A compilation by U.S. agencies and the military, this 24-page report denotes a refined understanding of the counterterrorism challenge. This strategy also affirms priorities to focus intelligence community (IC) plans and actions for the next four years, while providing direction to guide development of future IC capabilities. The report denotes certain countries, along with various issues that reflect the nation’s mission. The report furthers the goals and objectives.
 
   National Response Framework This has been vetted by Security Executive Council  
Created By: U.S. Department of Homeland Security
The National Response Framework is a guide to how the Nation conducts all-hazards response. It is built upon scalable, flexible, and adaptable coordinating structures to align key roles and responsibilities across the Nation, linking all levels of government, nongovernmental organizations, and the private sector. It is intended to capture specific authorities and best practices for managing incidents that range from the serious but purely local, to large-scale terrorist attacks or catastrophic natural disasters.
 
   Open for Business: A Disaster Planning Toolkit for the Small Business Owner This has been vetted by Security Executive Council  
Created By: Institute for Business and Home Safety
The Institute for Business & Home Safety has released this guideline, which is an excellent resource for the business executive on completing a self-assessment, identifying and protecting critical resources, developing a business continuity plan, along with various forms and checklists
 
   Operation Cooperation: Guidelines for Cooperation Between Law Enforcement & Private Security Organizations This has been vetted by Security Executive Council  
Created By: Bureau of Justice Assistance
Operation Cooperation represents a major national initiative to encourage partnerships between law enforcement and private security professionals. The driving force behind it is a passion among practitioners who see the great benefits to be gained from public-private teamwork. This 20-page publication released in 2000 provides an overview of public-private cooperation, types of programs, what makes these collaborations successful and best practices. Subsequent to this publication is Operation Partnership, which was released in 2009 and is 144 pages full of extensive findings.
 
   Operation Partnership: Trends and Practices in Law Enforcement and Private Security Collaborations This has been vetted by Security Executive Council  
Created By: U.S. Department of Justice
This report was produced to help law enforcement and private security organizations develop and operate effective partnerships. It provides guidelines and analysis—supported by examples from partnerships throughout the nation—of trends, innovative practices, obstacles, lessons learned, and results. Operation Partnership identified more than 450 LE-PS partnerships, compared to about 60 identified through Operation Cooperation.
 
   Personal Preparedness in America This has been vetted by Security Executive Council  
Created By: U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
To evaluate the nation’s progress on personal preparedness, FEMA’s Community Preparedness Division and Citizen Corps conducted national household surveys to measure the public’s knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors relative to preparing for a range of hazards. This report provides a summary of the findings from the 2007 Citizen Corps National Survey.
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   Personal Preparedness in America: Summary Sheet This has been vetted by Security Executive Council  
Created By: U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
This is a summary of findings from the 2009 Citizen Corps National Survey on the public’s knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors relative to preparing for a range of hazards.
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   Planning for 2009 H1N1 Influenza: A Preparedness Guide for Small Business This has been vetted by Security Executive Council  
Created By: Department of Homeland Security
This 9-page planning document from DHS for small business provides guidance on writing preparedness plans, 10 healthy tips for businesses, 8 healthy tips for individuals, frequently asked questions and resource links.
 
   Planning for Natural Disaster Debris  This has been vetted by Security Executive Council  
Created By: U. S. Environmental Protection Agency
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has provided an excellent resource in debris management. The guide discusses regulations, debris tracking, equipment and administrative needs, removal strategy, recycling, debris disposal, information sharing, mutual aid agreements, federal resources, along with lessons learned from past disasters. Additionally, there are examples of debris management plans and guidance in this 94-page guide.
 
   Policing Terrorism: An Executive's Guide This has been vetted by Security Executive Council  
Created By: U.S. Department of Justice
This manual is intended to help police executives and other senior executives meet the new challenges involved in countering the threat of terrorism by summarizing writings on the essential components of a counterterrorism plan. Although this document is aimed at the law enforcement community, it is applicable to the business community and other governmental and nonprofit organizations as well.
 
   Public Health Emergency Response: A Guide for Leaders and Responders This has been vetted by Security Executive Council  
Created By: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in collaboration with trade associations, subject matter experts and federal agencies published this 155-page resource that focuses on public health response, federal agency functions, food security and supply, environmental safety and testing, communication planning, legal and policy considerations, self-care, conducting exercises, organizational and community recovery and resiliency, and appendices of additional resources.
 
   Public-Private Sector Intelligence Coordination, Final Report and Recommendations by the Council  This has been vetted by Security Executive Council  
Created By: National Infrastructure Advisory Council (NIAC)
The National Infrastructure Advisory Council (NIAC) formed the Intelligence Coordination Working Group that produced this report on the Federal Government and its private sector partners how they could improve the way the Intelligence Community (IC) coordinates with critical infrastructure owners and operators.
 
   Publicly Available Policy, Assessment, and Guidance Documents  This has been vetted by Security Executive Council  
Created By: Security Executive Council
This list of resources provides links to some Web sites and organizations that offer downloadable policy templates, assessment materials, standards, and guidelines on a variety of security-related subjects. Check out the Security Executive Council's feature in the April, 2012, issue of Security magazine for more time-saving suggestions for security leaders.
 
   Quadrennial Homeland Security Review Report: A Strategic Framework for a Secure Homeland This has been vetted by Security Executive Council  
Created By: U.S. Department of Homeland Security
This homeland security review addresses both the threats presented and the framework for our strategic response. The QHSR identifies the importance of what we refer to as the homeland security enterprise—that is, the Federal, State, local, tribal, territorial, nongovernmental, and private-sector entities, as well as individuals, families, and communities who share a common national interest in the safety and security of America and the American population.
 
   Ready New York for Business This has been vetted by Security Executive Council  
Created By: New York Office of Emergency Management
The New York Office of Emergency Management produced this publication, as part of their focus on public/private partnering for crisis management in collaboration with the New York Department of Small Business Services. Information is provided on assessing hazards, continuity planning, emergency planning for employees, and response and recovery practices.
 
   Ready Your Business: 12 Point Program For Success - Business Continuity Planning Guidebook This has been vetted by Security Executive Council  
Created By: Private – Public Partnership of Dane County
“Ready Your Business” is a tool for building a disaster resistant business community. There are 12 Points for Success, that are key to Business Continuity Planning. This guide is to help the planner through the basic elements of business continuity planning, preparing them for developing their businesses customized plan.
 
   Recovering from Disasters: The National Transportation Recovery Strategy This has been vetted by Security Executive Council  
Created By: Department of Transportation
This report is designed to help transportation industry stakeholders and local, tribal, and State government officials prepare for and manage the transportation recovery process following a major disaster. The overall goal of this Strategy is to promote a recovery process for transportation networks – and subsequently of communities in general – that results in a greater level of resilience.
 
   Regional Disaster Resilience: TISP Guide for Developing an Action Plan This has been vetted by Security Executive Council  
Created By: The Infrastructure & Security Partnership
This Guide provides a strategy to develop the necessary level of preparedness for communities to manage major disasters in today's complex and interdependent world. The Guide provides key definitions and a set of common assumptions that underpin regional disaster resilience.  Using a simple, practical "how to" approach, the Guide lists 12 categories of typical needs based on lessons learned from previous disasters, both natural and man-made. The Guide recommends short, medium, and long term activities to address these respective preparedness gaps.  The aim is to provide users of the Guide with the ability to examine and leverage existing approaches, tools, and technologies and to foster standardization across interdependent infrastructures and regions.
 
   Special Report: Trends and Hazards in Firefighter Training This has been vetted by Security Executive Council  
Created By: U.S. Department of Homeland Security
This report examines how three maritime communities have approached preparedness and response planning. We identify the common experiences found in each jurisdiction and the considerations that went into emergency preparedness planning, as well as any unique conditions specific to each jurisdiction. The report’s focus on some major commercial ports should not be construed to limit its applicabil­ity to those major maritime interface areas alone.
 
   Spotlight on Security This has been vetted by Security Executive Council  
Created By: Self Storage Association
The Self Storage Association offers this 32-page guide for owners/operators. It provides information on working with the law enforcement community, working with new and existing customers, facility security, drills, emergency preparedness and resources.
 
   Strengthening the Use of Risk Management Principles in Homeland Security  This has been vetted by Security Executive Council  
Created By: U.S. Government Accountability Office
This is a report of a U.S. Government Accountability Office forum addressing effective practices, challenges federal agencies face in applying risk management to homeland security, and actions that can strengthen homeland security risk management. The top three challenges were (1) improving risk communication, for instance, addressing the lack of a common vocabulary to discuss risk management and lack of a public dialogue about acceptable levels of risk; (2) political obstacles to risk-based resource allocation, such as the reluctance of policymakers, at times, to make difficult choices about what to protect; and (3) lack of strategic thinking, including lack of a government-wide discussion and strategy related to homeland security investments.
 
   Supply Chain Security This has been vetted by Security Executive Council  
Created By: U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO)
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is responsible for, among other things, the security of cargo containers shipped to the United States. GAO was requested to assess CBP’s efforts to implement the 9/11 Act requirement. This report addresses (1) CBP’s progress at the initial ports participating in the Secure Freight Initiative (SFI) program, (2) CBP plans to implement SFI, (3) the extent to which CBP has estimated costs and conducted a cost-benefit analysis of 100 percent scanning, and (4) any challenges to integrating 100 percent scanning with existing container security programs.
 
   Sustainable Critical Infrastructure Systems: A Framework for Meeting 21st Century Imperatives This has been vetted by Security Executive Council  
Created By: National Academy of Sciences, National Research Council
The National Academy of Sciences, National Research Council released this report stating that much has been written in the past 20 years about the deteriorating condition and quality of the nation’s roads and bridges and its power and water systems and about the trillions of dollars that it will take to fix them. The message of this report — that a paradigm shift is needed in how the nation thinks about, builds, operates, and invests in critical infrastructure systems in the long term — is more relevant than ever.
 
   The Resilient Enterprise: Overcoming Vulnerability for Competitive Advantage  This has been vetted by Security Executive Council  
Created By: Yossi Sheffi
Stories from Nokia, Dell, UPS, Toyota and other companies show how firms can reduce their vulnerability to high-impact disruptions, from earthquakes to strikes, from SARS to terrorism, and use them for competitive advantage. TIER 1 SECURITY LEADERS:To obtain your member discounted copy contact the Director of Member Services.
 
   The Role of Law Enforcement in Public Health Emergencies This has been vetted by Security Executive Council  
Created By: Bureau of Justice Assistance
This document will help state and local law enforcement officials and policymakers to understand communicable diseases (including terminology and methods of transmission) and the threat they pose to public health and safety. It outlines key concerns that law enforcement officials must address in preparation for a virus-caused pandemic and other public health emergencies and identifies issues that may arise in the department’s “all-hazards” approach.
 
   Towards National Resilience: Good Practices of National Platforms for Disaster Risk Reduction This has been vetted by Security Executive Council  
Created By: United Nations
The impact of disasters has been dramatically increasing over the decades. As of this publication (2008), 45 countries have already launched National Platforms for Disaster Risk Reduction. Several other countries are in a process of establishing them. This publication aims to inspire and support the birth of new National Platforms, and also to strengthen existing ones.
 
   Working Together When the Worst Happens This has been vetted by Security Executive Council  
Created By: The Nonprofit Roundtable of Greater Washington
When disaster strikes, nonprofit organizations are critical first responders. From meeting immediate needs such as food and shelter to providing long-term assistance as people endeavor to put their lives back together, human services agencies must scale up to respond to the people affected by a disaster. Here is a systems management plan and process for other nonprofits to examine.
 

Articles

   2009 Internet Crime Report This has been vetted by Security Executive Council  
Created By: National White Collar Crime Center and Bureau of Justice Assistance
In 2009, the Internet Crime Complaint Center IC3) received 336,655 complaints, which was a 22% increase from 2008. The total lost from all the complaints was $559.7 million dollars, which was over twice the 2008 lost. This 26-page report from the National White Collar Crime Center and the FBI serves as the clearinghouse for cybercrime.
 
    2011 Annual Report for the Security Executive Council  This is Security Executive Council material  
Created By: Security Executive Council
This year's report covers activities, initiatives and resources in a three page condensed document. The information may be used to learn the kinds of support the SEC can offer you as well as a glimpse into what its members are tackling.
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   2011 National Gang Threat Assessment – Emerging Trends  This has been vetted by Security Executive Council  
Created By: The National Gang Intelligence Center
The gang estimates presented in the 2011 National Gang Threat Assessment (NGTA) represent the collection of data provided by the National Drug Intelligence Center (NDIC) through the National Drug Threat Survey, Bureau of Prisons, State Correctional Facilities, and National Gang Intelligence Center (NGIC) law enforcement partners. Based on estimates, geospatial maps were prepared to visually display the reporting jurisdictions.
 
   A Growing Terrorist Threat? Assessing “Homegrown” Extremism in the United States This has been vetted by Security Executive Council  
Created By: Center for Strategic & International Stucies (CSIS)
The CSIS, a non-profit in Washington D.C. profiles five case studies with the intent to promote discussion among the policy makers. This report probes last fall’s five major cases, situating them within the context of recent U.S. efforts to address domestic radicalization.
 
   Best Practices and Lessons Learned through Public-Private Collaborations This is Security Executive Council strategic alliance partner material  
Created By: Brit Weber, Security Executive Council Emeritus Faculty
Here are some examples of best practices/lessons learned in public-private partnerships for emergency preparedness taken from the Critical Incident Protocol (CIP) – Community Facilitation Program and from other sources on partnerships.
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   Beta Site World: Building a Resilient Business  
Created By: Rob Rolfsen and Gino Zucca, Security Executive Council Members
Now-a-days, corporations face a variety of crises that cause more damage more quickly than ever before. Business resiliency (also known as organizational resiliency)is a relatively new term that represents an enterprise-wide state of readiness – an ability to quickly identify, react to and recover from business interruptions of any kind. It incorporates and more tightly aligns the more familiar functions of emergency response, business continuity crisis management and disaster recovery.
 
   Beta Site World: Building a Resilient Business This is Security Executive Council material  
Created By: Rob Rolfsen and Gino Zucca, Security Executive Council Members
By unifying functions under a business resiliency program, a corporation can maximize the use of available resources.
 
   Business Continuity and You - Tips, Tales, and Tools This is Security Executive Council material  
Created By: Dean Correia, Emeritus Faculty, Security Executive Council
This brief and concise document reinforces the fact that organization resilience is better thought of as a value add and provides hints on how to communicate this value. Compare your program against the included business continuity program checklist to help make sure you have covered your bases.
 
   Business Evolution Requires Active Security Alignment This is Security Executive Council material  
Created By: Security Executive Council Staff
Business continues to change, and if the next generation of security leaders hopes to succeed, they must be prepared to change with it, says Dick Lefler, former VP & CSO of American Express and current Chairman and Dean of Emeritus Faculty for the Security Executive Council. This will require, among other things, a much more active pursuit of alignment with the organization’s structure, goals and strategies.
 
   Campus Public Safety Preparedness for Catastrophic Events: Lessons Learned from Hurricanes and Explosives  This has been vetted by Security Executive Council  
Created By: U. S. Department of Homeland Security
This lessons learned report serves as an informational resource for universities, colleges, schools and other education institutions covering planning, training, command and coordination, communication, supplies, equipment, people and continuity of operations.
 
   CareerLink: Role of the Senior Emergency Preparedness Specialist IV  This is Security Executive Council material  
Created By: Jerry Brennan and Steve Walker, Security Executive Council
This position is charged with acting as the focal point in developing, implementing, and maintaining the emergency preparedness planning program and in providing leadership and guidance in integrating the emergency response with the continuity of critical business functions. This role is also charged with planning the integration of a series of tasks, procedures, and information that direct actions at the time of the emergency event in order to reduce confusion, improve communications and achieve a timely response to mitigate the risk to people and organization assets.
 
   Catastrophes are Different from Disasters: Some Implications for Crisis Planning and Managing Drawn from Katrina This has been vetted by Security Executive Council  
Created By: E.L. Quarantelli
This 7-page research article out of the Disaster Research Center provides insight on the differences between large scale community disasters and routine emergencies. The importance of this is for leadership to understand the limitations and challenges when working with other stakeholders in the community. Those who have a greater awareness of these factors should be able to leverage the benefits and ultimately the outcomes of response and recovery processes. The author denotes the four different types of organizational response or involvement. Additionally, we see the six different ways that organizations respond to catastrophes versus disasters.
 
   Climate Alarm: Disasters Increase as Climate Change Bites This has been vetted by Security Executive Council  
Created By: Oxfam International
Climatic disasters are increasing as temperatures climb and rainfall intensifies. A rise in small- and medium-scale disasters is a particularly worrying trend. The total number of natural disasters has quadrupled in the last two decades – most of them floods, cyclones, and storms. Over the same period the number of people affected by disasters has increased from around 174 million to an average of over 250 million a year.
 
   Collaboration in Times of Crisis This has been vetted by Security Executive Council  
Created By: Partnership for Public Service
This executive summary focuses on collaboration between federal agencies, collaboration between federal, state and local agencies and collaboration between sectors. The Partnership for Public Service is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to revitalize and transform federal government in new ways.
 
   Compliance Scorecard: Voluntary Private Sector Preparedness  This is Security Executive Council material  
Created By: Marleah Blades, Security Executive Council Staff
Business continuity planning can be a particular challenge for a corporate campus. Whereas any other individual site may have a single predominant function, such as manufacturing, distribution, or customer care, the executive headquarters generally houses multiple functions with disparate needs, and perhaps thousands of executives and personnel to perform those functions. Developing a plan for relocation on such a grand and varied scale can be a true challenge.
 
    Creating Public-Private Partnerships for Joint Critical Incident Management This is Security Executive Council strategic alliance partner material  
Created By: Brit Weber, Security Executive Council Emeritus Faculty
Michigan State University created The Partnership Model that is used in the Critical Incident Protocol (CIP) Program to bring together those with differing interests, skills and resources on how to work together for joint crisis management. This is a six-step model that is utilized to initiate public-private partnerships for joint crisis management through the Critical Incident Protocol - Community Facilitation Program.
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   Critical Infrastructure Protection: Update to National Infrastructure Protection Plan Includes Increased Emphasis on Risk Management and Resilience This has been vetted by Security Executive Council  
Created By: U. S. Government Accountability Office
The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) assessed the government's efforts over the last three years in risk management and resiliency.
 
   Critical Infrastructure Resilience, Final Report and Recommendations  This has been vetted by Security Executive Council  
Created By: National Infrastructure Advisory Council
The National Infrastructure Advisory Council (NIAC) states that collaboration between federal, tribal, state and local governments with the private businesses that own and operate roughly 90 percent of the nation’s critical infrastructures will lead to a safer, more secure, and resilient United States. This assessment provides a framework relating to the different critical infrastructure and key resource sectors.
 
   Doughty Centre 'Guide to Guides': A guide to useful CR/sustainability ‘How to embed CR’ guides This has been vetted by Security Executive Council  
Created By: The Doughty Centre for Corporate Responsibility
This 43-page research report by one of the leading business management schools written for the practitioner examines over 60 Corporate Responsibility guides on building strategy, cultural tone, governance and board oversight, management processes, energizing the value chain, sustainability and more. With the global recession, the authors note that Corporate Responsibility is intact and in some case, better than before.
 
   Emerging Cyber Threats Report for 2009 This has been vetted by Security Executive Council  
Created By: Georgia Tech Information Security Center
Georgia Tech Information Security Center is one of the leading academic research centers on information security. They released their 9-page report noting the five top threats and challenges for government, business, nonprofits and consumers.
 
   From the Storefront to the Front Lines: The Private Sector and Homeland Security Investment This has been vetted by Security Executive Council  
Created By: The Reform Institute
This is the first of a series of reports to advance innovation, collaboration, and leadership in build­ing a more resilient nation. This report examines a cross section of technology solutions that involve the following sectors: emergency response, port security, transportation, and interop­erability.
 
   Handling Stress in Crisis Management This is Security Executive Council material  
Created By: Dean Correia, Security Executive Council Emeritus Faculty
We often talk about business continuity in practical, pragmatic terms. But it’s important to remember that when a crisis hits a company, no matter how well prepared that company is, emotions will run high. A fire or flood at a company location, a violent incident or a weather catastrophe that hits multiple stores or facilities across a region: any of these things will cause damage, injuries and perhaps deaths. If it’s your company, the people in danger are your friends and colleagues. If the disaster extends outside your organization’s walls, your family may be threatened as well. So in business continuity planning, consider not just the practical, but the emotional factors that will impact preparation, response and recovery.
 
   How to Design a Tabletop Exercise while Incorporating Public/Private Collaboration This is Security Executive Council strategic alliance partner material  
Created By: Brit Weber, Security Executive Council Emeritus Faculty
This paper provides specific guidance on how to design a tabletop exercise, how to integrate public and private sector stakeholders into the exercise and it includes a simulated critical incident that can be the basis for a tabletop exercise that you manage.
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   Integrating Virtual Public-Private Partnerships into Local Law Enforcement for Enhanced Intelligence-Led Policing  This has been vetted by Security Executive Council  
Created By: Matthew J. Simeone, Jr.
America’s long-term success in preventing terrorism may very well depend upon the extent to which law enforcement agencies engage in partnerships with the private sector. Virtual public-private partnerships offer policing agencies the ability to leverage large segments of our business and residential communities in the effort to keep our hometowns safe. By enhancing intelligence-led policing, virtual public-private partnerships can help law enforcement, businesses and communities significantly improve the ability to prevent crime and terrorism, and lead to higher levels of safety.
 
   Opportunity in Crisis: Consolidation, Collaboration and Cooperation in Local Government This has been vetted by Security Executive Council  
Created By: Digital Communities Infrastructure Taskforce
A recent public opinion survey of residents in Northeast Ohio found that 82 percent of residents favor greater government collaborations and 67 percent favor government consolidations as a way to mitigate the high cost of local government services. In response, the Digital Communities Infrastructure Taskforce and Todd Sandler, Director of Digital Communities released their findings on utilizing collaboration, cooperation and consolidation in local government through best practices and lessons learned.
 
   Predicting Organizational Crisis Readiness: Perspectives and Practices Toward a Pathway of Preparedness This has been vetted by Security Executive Council  
Created By: New York University, Public Entity Risk Institute (PERI)
This report outlines organizational characteristics that enhance an organization’s ability to recover after a crisis.
 
   Private-Public Sector Collaboration to Enhance Community Disaster Resilience: A Workshop Report  This has been vetted by Security Executive Council  
Created By: National Research Council, National Academies of Science
The National Research Council was requested by the Federal Government to examine, assess, and report their findings on government collaborating with business/nonprofit organizations and citizens to enhance community resiliency. Over 60 people representing public and private sector key organizations were led through an intensive workshop to identify the actions that produce positive collaboration, challenges and barriers to partnering, and potential research opportunities and needs.
 
    Public/Private Initiative Spotlight: Atlanta Downtown Improvement District  This is Security Executive Council material  
Created By: Dave Wardell, Security Executive Council Member
Partnership between the public and private sectors is a core strategic initiative of the Security Executive Council. SEC Member Dave Wardell describes how the Atlanta Downtown Improvement District initiative has the program has helped Downtown maintain one of the lowest crime rates in Atlanta.
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    Public/Private Initiative Spotlight: Target & Blue This is Security Executive Council material  
Created By: Brad Brekke, Security Executive Council Member
Partnership between the public and private sectors is a core strategic initiative of the Security Executive Council. SEC Member Target has forged innovative public partnerships through Target & Blue, a multifaceted program that provides national and local law enforcement with investigative and forensic support and services, technology donations, financial grants, and information sharing.
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   Radicalization in the West: The Homegrown Threat This has been vetted by Security Executive Council  
Created By: New York Police Intelligence Division
The New York Police Intelligence Division released this report with the aim to assist policymakers, law enforcement officials and the private sector by providing a thorough understanding of the kind of threat the nation faces domestically. It also seeks to contribute to the debate among intelligence and law enforcement agencies on how best to counter this emerging threat by better understanding what constitutes the radicalization process.
 
   To Protect and Defend: Challenges to Public Safety and Homeland Security Facing the Next U.S. President  This has been vetted by Security Executive Council  
Created By: International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP)
The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) has prepared this document to outline some of the major homeland security and public safety challenges that will be faced by the next President of the United States and to offer suggestions on how they may be overcome successfully.
 

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Business Continuity Best Practices Group This is Security Executive Council material  

A Crisis Management and Critical Incident Resource by MSU and the Security Executive Council

We are pleased to launch the Michigan State University – Security Executive Council Alliance for business continuity and crisis management. This is an important new endeavor for public and private sector organizations. The most exciting new feature is the Best Practices Group. Please learn more about benefits and how to sign-up here.
 
   Faculty Advisor: Business Continuity Plan Certification This is Security Executive Council material  
Created By: Don L. Hubbard, Security Executive Council Emeritus Faculty
We are a medium sized business and as such my team is having a hard time showing a cost-benefit to have our business continuity plan certified to a standard as recommended by Public Law 110-53. We are not a heavily regulated industry and to follow one of the recommended standards and go through the certification process seems like overkill. Can you give some examples of benefits to becoming certified?
 
   Faculty Advisor: Business Continuity Through Internal and External Partnerships This is Security Executive Council material  
Created By: Brit Weber, Security Executive Council Subjet Matter Expert Faculty
I am looking for specific ways that I can strengthen our business continuity program both internally and externally. In today’s challenging economy, I want to make sure that we are doing everything that we should. Are there any best practices on this? See Brit Weber's response to this question.
 
   Faculty Advisor: Dealing with Stress in Crisis Management When Emotions Are Running High  This is Security Executive Council material  
Created By: Dean Correia, Security Executive Council Emeritus Faculty
Can you offer me any advice on managing employee emotions during a crisis event such as a fire or flood or a weather catastrophe that hits multiple facilities across a region causing damage, injuries or even deaths? Read Dean Correia's response to this question.
 
   Faculty Advisor: Establishing an Emergency Response Plan This is Security Executive Council material  
Created By: Radford Jones and Jerome Miller, Security Executive Council Emeritus Faculty
I am having problems getting commitments from my internal partners regarding establishing emergency response plans.Can you give me some advice on communicating with key business managers about the value of developing a coordinated response plan in advance of an incident? Read how Emeritus Faculty Members, Rad Jones and Jerry Miller, respond to this question.
 
   Faculty Advisor: Planning and Preparing for a Possible H1N1 Pandemic This is Security Executive Council material  
Created By: Rad Jones, Security Executive Council Faculty Emeritus
What is security’s role in planning and preparing for a possible H1N1 pandemic that could impact business continuity? For instance, should security be involved in decisions regarding possible travel restrictions? What do you think about developing a policy or guideline in the event of a contaminated employee and what are the pros and cons of stockpiling supplies?
 
   Faculty Advisor: Preparing for Crises Beforehand This is Security Executive Council material  
Created By: Dean Correia, Security Executive Council Tier 1 Emeritus Faculty
My company has gone through a couple of damaging incidents recently and we were not well prepared. What are some tips on making sure we’re prepared better next time? Read Security Executive Council Tier 1 Emeritus Faculty, Dean Correia's, answer.
 
   

Next Generation Security Leader Program This is Security Executive Council material  

Created By: Security Executive Council
The Security Executive Council in partnership with the University of South Carolina Darla Moore School of Business have developed a Next Generation Security Leader Development Program. It consists of six 90-minute seminars. This program features an exceptional panel of security/risk mitigation leaders. Current and future risk management leaders benefit from this affordable and eco-friendly six-month virtual long-distance course exploring cross-functional, unified risk oversight as well as return-on-investment capable approaches for board-level risk mitigation and organizational resilience. Sessions include: Aligning Board Level Risk and Business Unit Mitigation Strategies, Communicating All-hazards Risk, Mitigation and Performance Metrics, Next Generation Organizational Leadership: Running Security as a Business, Influencing Community All-Hazard Preparedness and Resilience, Adding Business Value with Mission Assurance and P&L Performance, Managing Information Protection, Breaches and Situational Intelligence.
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   Managing Risks in Business This is Security Executive Council material  
Created By: Jerome Miller, Security Executive Council Emeritus Faculty; and Radford Jones, Research Board of Advisors, Security Executive Council Emeritus Faculty
Managing Risks in Business is a presentation on how to develop and train an Incident Management Team (IMT) to protect a private sector company during a critical incident. It is designed for both large and small companies who wish to create a structured approach to preparedness, response, and recovery from a critical incident that may be the result of a natural disaster or a criminal act, including a terrorist attack. Since a significant number of businesses never recover from a critical incident, this presentation is essential to any company that is interested in protecting itself from that inevitable day when disaster strikes. This is a tried and proven approach that many business organizations have employed and used successfully. TIER 1 SECURITY LEADERS:To obtain your member discounted copy contact the Director of Member Services.
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   Private Sector Preparedness and Response  This is Security Executive Council material  
Created By: Radford Jones, Security Executive Council Emeritus Faculty Member
TIER 1 SECURITY LEADERS:To obtain your member discounted copy contact the Director of Member Services.
 
   Tabletop Exercises This is Security Executive Council material  
Created By: Security Executive Council
Active Shooter? Chemical Spill? Product Tampering? Severe Weather? Do you have incident response plans to cover these risks and others that may impact your business? Close coordination among all first responders will ensure, to the highest degree possible, that all available resources are effectively deployed. The swift response and recovery from these and other incidents will allow your company to effectively positively impact the protection of your people, assets, and bottom line. TIER 1 SECURITY LEADERS: To obtain your member discounted copy contact the Director of Member Services.