All InfraGard participants are committed to the proposition that a robust exchange of information about threats to and actual attacks on these critical infrastructures is an important element for successful infrastructure protection efforts. This chapter is governed by our local bylaws located here.
The goal of InfraGard is to enable the flow of information so that the owners and operators of infrastructure assets can better protect themselves and so that the United States government can better discharge its law enforcement and national security responsibilities.
Chicago Chapter Members,
Registration for the February Quarterly Meeting (see details below) is open. At this meeting, we will hear public and private sector presenters discuss contingency planning topics and provide thought provoking and practical information to assist members with their own planning.
NOTE: This meeting will be held at Federal Reserve Bank (230 S. LaSalle, Chicago). We will also have a satellite meeting location at the USDA office in Lombard, IL (Please select the “SATELLITE LOCATION-LOMBARD” ticket type to attend in Lombard)
Chicago InfraGard Chapter Programming Committee
InfraGard Quarterly Meeting
Topic: Rethinking Contingency Planning
This Quarterly Meeting is Thursday February 27, 2014, from 8:30 am – 11:30 am, at the Federal Reserve Bank’s Moskow Auditorium (230 S. LaSalle, Chicago, IL). A satellite location will also be available the USDA office in Lombard, IL (1919 S. Highland Ave). Doors Open at 8:00am.
**Guests are invited**
**Advanced Registration REQUIRED**
8:00am – Doors Open
8:30am – Welcome
8:45am – The Continuity of Operations (COOP) Loop – Deborah Somers – Larney, Chief Security Officer (CSO), Chicago FBI
This presentation will stress that COOP planning is an iterative process.
9:50am – Break
10:00am – Terrorism: The Ultimate “Black Swan” or just a Delusional Distraction? – Geary W. Sikich, Logical Management Systems, Corp.
Is terrorism the ultimate “Black Swan” or just a delusional distraction? To understand terrorism, one has to recognize a valid definition of what constitutes terrorism. This presentation looks at how the Strategist, Planner and CEO can respond to the challenge – to develop strategies that are flexible enough to adapt to unforeseen circumstances while meeting corporate goals and objectives. This requires a rethinking of contingency planning, competitive intelligence activities and cross-functional relationships internally and externally. The presentation concludes with a discussion of 9 Myths about terrorism and 12 Steps to get from here to there and temper the impact of Black Swan events.
10:50am – Creating Realistic Continuity Exercises Using Simulation Cells – John A. Jackson, Fusion Risk Management, Inc.
One of the most significant issues contingency planners face is how to make an exercise as realistic as possible, without it being an actual event. During this presentation, John Jackson will introduce the concept of using Human Simulators to drive the pace and reality of how an incident would actually unfold.
11:20am – Wrap-up
Deborah Somers-Larney is the Chief Security Officer (CSO) for the Chicago Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. She is responsible for the FBI’s Continuity of Operations Plans for Chicago. As the CSO, she also has responsibility for the physical security and security accreditations of all Chicago FBI offices, the personnel security program, security background investigations, information security program, and operations security program. Prior to joining the FBI, Ms. Somers-Larney was a Senior Security Consultant for Sako and Associates and a Military Intelligence Officer in the U.S. Army. A Chicago native, she holds a BS degree from the United States Military Academy at West Point and a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Mr. Geary W. Sikich is the author of four books and over 250 published articles on business continuity and crisis management. His latest book is “Protecting Your Business in a Pandemic: Plans, Tools and Advice for Maintaining Business Continuity,” is available onAmazon.com.
Geary has extensive consulting experience, providing business strategy, crisis management and enterprise assurance solutions to companies worldwide. He is the founder of Logical Management Systems, Corp., a global professional service organization, and consults on a regular basis with companies on high profile business issues.
Mr. Sikich is a frequent speaker on high profile continuity issues, having developed and validated over 2,500 plans and conducted over 300 seminars and workshops throughout the world.
He has a Bachelor of Science in Criminology from Indiana State University and a Master of Education in Counseling and Guidance from the University of Texas El Paso.
He is a Life Member, Association of Former Intelligence Officers and the Union League Club of Chicago where he serves as a member of the Health and Life Sciences Subcommittee.
John A. Jackson FBCI(hon), CORE, Executive Vice President Fusion Risk Management -John brings to Fusion over 30 years of industry leadership and is widely regarded as an early and current visionary in enterprise Business Continuity, Crisis Management and Disaster Recovery. John was awarded the Business Continuity Institute’s first ever North American Lifetime Achievement Award and has been awarded an honorary FBCI (Fellow designation) certification from the BCI based on his experience and contributions to the industry. Dating back to 1980, John originally founded Chi/Cor Information Management’s IT consulting practice and was instrumental in developing the industry’s first contingency planning software solution, TRPS. In 1984, John joined Comdisco Disaster Recovery Services and was instrumental in launching and leading their recovery center and consulting businesses. In his 18 years with the company, John ran Comdisco’s Operations and Consulting businesses, Comdisco’s European continuity operations from 1994 thru 1996, established several Asia-Pacific recovery businesses during the early 1990′s, and was named president of Comdisco Continuity Services in 1999. In his capacity leading Comdisco’s worldwide services organization, John managed through the division’s sale to SunGard in 2001, after which he moved on to general management positions with Hewlett-Packard and IBM, running their U.S. continuity services organizations and achieving record financial results for IBM BCRS during his tenure.
John joined Fusion in the fall of 2005 seeking a more entrepreneurial culture in which to drive yet another industry transformation. Today, John is very active in leading innovative consulting engagements for large enterprise organizations, and also contributing to the industry by serving on the Executive Advisory Board of Disaster Recovery Journal and the Editorial Advisory Boards for Continuity Insights and the Disaster Resource Guide. Currently, John serves as a National Board Member as well as the Nominations & Governance Committee chairperson for the InfraGard National Members Alliance and was a founding board member of the Northern Illinois ACP Chapter. In addition he has served as the InfraGard Chicago Chapter President and Membership Officer and as the Ethics Officer for the InfraGard National Organization.
In 2012, John Jackson received the prestigious “Lifetime Achievement Award” from the internationally-recognized Business Continuity Institute.
In 2013, John was awarded the honorary certification of Fellow of the Business Continuity Institute (hon FBCI) joining an elite global group of industry-leading Business Continuity practitioners.
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