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January 2019 Meeting 

Date: Tuesday, January 8, 2019 11:30 AM - 2 PM

Location: Eversource Berlin, CT

Guests Welcomed

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Speaker: Dominick Violante

The Aftermath & Recovery of Disruptive Events: You Should Have a Plan “A” and “B” for That" - presented by Dominick Violante, Hartford HealthCare Corp

Having the right plan in place is critical to effectively react to and recover timely from various disruptive events. In the case of the ever-increasing rise of shootings in our nation, many organizations (businesses, schools, hospitals, public venues) have developed emergency plans and provided Active Shooter Response Training to their staff. Unfortunately, the importance of having an “Aftermath and Recovery Plan” has often not contemplated to help mitigate the long term after effects of disruptive events, which can have a severe negative impact on the ability to quickly recover.

This presentation will cover how to set up a comprehensive Aftermath and Recovery Plan, what your “Plan A” should consider – including understanding ways to deal with the media, what free resources are available, how to coordinate with law enforcement, ways to help staff to recover, importance of rally points (i.e. staging areas for accounting for staff, family reunification, media response, witnesses interviews, evidence gathering, etc.), and more. Plus “Having a Plan B” and why it is so important to have multiple plans will also be discussed.

The presenter will share developments with OHSA, including attempts at making Active Shooter Training a “Need to Comply” rule nationwide. Many of the principles discussed surrounding this training are obtained from the ALICE (Alert Lockdown Inform Counter Evacuate) Active Shooter Program – our nation’s oldest certified Active Shooter Program which has been used since 2001. The FBI, DHS and DOJ leveraged principles of ALICE to design the RUN, Hide, Fight, and the Get Out, Hide Out, Take Out, programs.

The chaos, confusion and consequences that a disruptive event can create – whether the event directly or indirectly occurs to your organization – can be lessened with good planning, training and practicing drills on a regular basis. Don’t miss this informative session on emergency planning, insights about ALICE training and potentially new OSHA regulatory requirements surrounding Active Shooter.

About the Presenter
Dominick Violante has worked in Law Enforcement for over 30 years. He is the founder of several self-defense and safety awareness programs that he has taught to both law enforcement, public safety and security officers, and the general public since 1983. He also has owned and operated a Martial Arts School since 1982. Dominick currently serves as the Public Safety Training Officer and Education Resource Coordinator for Hartford Hospital and Hartford HealthCare Corp. He is a certified National Instructor for the ALICE Training Program and holds certifications through various agencies, including the Massachusetts Criminal Justice Bureau, FBI and FEMA.

February 2019 Meeting

Date: Tuesday, February 12, 2019 11:30 AM - 2 PM

Location: Eversource Berlin, CT

Guests Welcomed

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Speaker: Dr. Edward Goldberg, Eversource Energy

Risks and Strategies Involved with an Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP) Attack

There is concern and fear, long running but exacerbated over the last couple of years by the threat from North Korea, that even a crude nuclear device detonated over the U.S. would destroy electronics, disable the grid, etc. Further, some scenarios have 90% of the population dead within a year. With electricity being the basis of what makes us a modern society there is deep concern for this threat. A major EMP event – whether natural or manmade – would be devastating for the U.S. and possibly the planet. The risk of such attack is real, and, in some cases, growing. An attack may never happen but the more vulnerable the U.S. is to such an attack the more likely it is to be used against us.

One response to EMP is to have cooperation on the part of government and private sector entities. InfraGard is a large national membership organization established to serve as a public-private partnership between U.S. businesses and the FBI – enabling collaboration, timely exchange of information and analysis, and mutual learning opportunities on the protection of Critical Infrastructure. InfraGard formed a national EMP special interest group (SIG) represented by numerous relevant critical infrastructure sectors to address any high-impact low-frequency threat that could cause long-term nationwide collapse of critical infrastructure. The EMP SIG meets annually in D.C. with an array of government officials and politicians.

It is vital that the nation’s critical infrastructures are resilient and prepared for major disasters. The presenter will provide an overview of EMP – what it is, how it could affect us, why it's an issue, what's being done to protect the country, and what considerations might need to be included in our own plans. More will also be shared about InfraGard and the recent meeting held at the U.S. Capitol full of presentations by various government leaders involved in EMP matters.

SPEAKER BIO:  Dr. Edward Goldberg has expert level knowledge of business continuity, disaster recovery and workplace safety, and is a specialist in management and leadership, change management and IT technical management. Ed has nearly 30 years of experience in the energy sector. He currently manages Enterprise Business Continuity, Disaster Recovery and Threat Assessment programs for Eversource in Berlin, CT (formerly Northeast Utilities). This includes corporate functions as well as former operating companies (Connecticut Light and Power, Western Massachusetts Electric, NSTAR Public Service of New Hampshire, all Transmission/CONVEX and Yankee Gas companies - all of which are now called Eversource. In addition, Ed worked at Millstone Nuclear Power Station and Dominion Nuclear. Dr. Goldberg has served on many boards and committees – including currently serving on the Edison Electric Institute’s (EEI) Business Continuity Committee, Board of Directors of the Connecticut Business Leadership Network, ACP National Board and ACP CT Chapter Board, and Subject Matter Expert for the Energy Sector with InfraGard. Ed is a Certified Business Continuity Professional (CBCP) and earned a B.S. in Engineering, an MBA concentrated in Computer Communication Networks, and a Doctorate in Management and Organizational Leadership.

March 2019 Meeting

Date: Tuesday, March 12, 2019 11:30 AM - 2 PM

Location: Eversource Berlin, CT

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Speakers: Jim Slavin, Engagement Director, PwC, Joseph Krause, Director, PwC, Michael Isaac, CBCP, Manager, Advisory, PwC

In today’s rapid and ever-evolving business environment a high percentage of companies – as high as 90% – rely on third parties to some degree to power their operations. Third party services have also evolved, especially technologies supporting just about every aspect of a business – cloud, robotics, Internet of Things, drones, smart machines and artificial intelligence to name a few. The evolution of third-party services offers plenty of opportunities and rewards – as well as some sort of risk. Given the increased reliance on third parties an organization failing to prepare both strategically and tactically for disruptions can mean much greater adverse impact than it can readily handle.

Regardless of your organization’s size, your role or level of expertise, this presentation will be very informative for anyone tasked with risk management, business continuity or organizational resilience – as well as those providing services to risk professionals. Presenters will share the latest “cross industry” trends on how companies are trying to ensure resiliency by their third parties. A brief overview will be provided on a Third Party Risk Management Program (TPRM) framework which includes the lifecycle designed for managing cybersecurity and business continuity risk. Attendees will learn how they can identify and mitigate these risks and leverage inherent risk assessments. Also covered will be practical methods for determining the nature, timing and extent of ongoing monitoring as well as for conducting due diligence, including the advent of consortium models and leveraging outside data.

What level of "assurance" is actually possible from third parties? Companies can never be 100% resilient; however, they can be more aware of risks and much better prepared to minimize or stop the impact of a situation with a third party from becoming a crisis. Attendees can expect to takeaway aspects from this presentation that can help their organization to achieve one of its top priorities – ensuring commitments can be met in the face of disruptive events, regardless of point of failure.


Jim Slavin, Engagement Director
Jim Slavin is a Director with PwC’s Third Party Risk Management (TPRM) group, within the firm’s broader Cybersecurity & Privacy practice. He works with clients in multiple industries to provide guidance on effective third party due diligence and compliance programs. Jim has extensive experience in performing current state assessments of TPRM programs and developing TPRM frameworks including design, implementation and ongoing third party monitoring. In addition, Jim has written numerous white papers, viewpoints and articles on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, UK Bribery Act and compliance program management that have been published in various U.S. and international publications. Jim has also been a featured speaker and has presented at webinars and industry roundtable events across the country. Jim is a graduate of Boston College’s Honors Program and Boston College Law School. He is a member of the Connecticut Bar and previously practiced in Connecticut as a litigation attorney, is a Certified Compliance & Ethics Professional and a member of the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics.

Joseph Krause, Director
Joseph Krause is a Director with PwC’s Cybersecurity and Data Privacy practice, focused on Cybersecurity for the Northeast market. He has over 23 years of experience assisting organizations of all sizes in the development and management of Information Security governance programs, as well as performing security compliance and IT risk assessments against a variety of Information Security frameworks. Currently Joe leads a team within PwC’s Cybersecurity practice which works with clients to identify and manage cyber risk. Joe began his career in Cybersecurity at the National Security Agency (NSA) where he was a member of the Advanced Data Communications Engineering team. He then took positions in the private sector – serving as Vice President of Product Management for Trustwave (a global Managed Security Services firm) and Vice President of Technology Audit and Assessment Services at Coalfire Systems. Joe has a Bachelors of Arts in Mathematics from the University of Maine, a Masters of Science in Computer Science from The Johns Hopkins University, and a Masters of Business Administration from Suffolk University.

Michael Isaac, CBCP, Manager, Advisory
Michael Isaac is an Advisory Manager with PwC's Cybersecurity & Privacy practice, specializing in business continuity management (BCM). He also served as a Vice President for a leading financial services company where he managed the organization’s domestic Business Continuity/Incident Management Program and provided program oversight to more than 200 business continuity coordinators representing nearly 100 business functions across multiple lines of business and US locations. Mike has nearly 30 years of risk management experience, management consulting, project management and technical writing, and leading organizations in both regulatory and non-regulatory environments in the development and implementation of sustainable process improvement solutions to address a wide range of complex operational and technological issues. Over the course of his career he has performed and/or managed physical security and environmental controls reviews, third-party technology regulatory risk reviews, and numerous advisory and audit related BCM engagements. Mike also has extensive experience assessing, designing, implementing, testing and executing business continuity, disaster recovery and crisis management programs for clients and their service providers, and providing subject matter expertise and training to management and staff across a variety of industries. Michael holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Career Writing from Roger Williams College and is a Certified Business Continuity Professional (CBCP) through the Disaster Recovery Institute International (DRII).

April 2019 Meeting

Date: Tuesday, April 9, 2019 11:00 AM - 2 PM

Insights into New England’s Power Grid Operation

Location: ISO New England, 800 Day Hill Road, Windsor, CT.

Guests Welcomed / Registration required

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Ever wonder how electricity is produced, transported and delivered to homes and businesses? Don’t miss this opportunity to visit and learn more about the Independent System Operator New England (ISO New England), the organization of engineers and technical experts that run and ensure the reliability of New England’s electricity grid. For example, ISO New England determines when additional electricity generation plants must be turned on during a summer heat wave to make sure that there is no blackout when demand is higher, especially at peak times. In short, ISO New England ensures the reliability of the power grid in New England for all consumers – citizens, businesses and government. Representatives from key functional areas will cover: 

  • Overview of ISO New England Mission – ISO New England External Affairs Representative
  • Overview of System Operations Function – Stephen George, Head of Operational Performance, Training, and Integration
  • ISO Emergency Management and Business Continuity Function – Jeff Trask, Head of Emergency Management and Business Continuity
  • Facility Tour – Roland Lucier, Head of Facilities and Security 

ISO New England is the independent, not-for-profit company authorized by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to perform three critical, complex, interconnected roles for the region spanning Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, and most of Maine. The three critical responsibilities which help protect the health of the region’s economy and the well-being of its people by ensuring the constant availability of competitively-priced wholesale electricity today and for future generations are: Grid Operation, Market Administration and Power System Planning. 

  1. Grid operation: Coordinating and directing the flow of electricity over the region's high-voltage transmission system, every minute of every day.
  2. Market administration: We design, run, and oversee the billion-dollar markets that attract a large and diverse mix of participants to buy and sell wholesale electricity at the most competitive prices.
  3. Power system planning: We do the studies, analyses, and planning to make sure New England's electricity needs will be met over the next 10 years.

May 2019 Meeting

Date: Tuesday, May 14, 2019 11:30 AM - 2 PM

Weaver or Slow Poke Driver: All Drivers Need a Strategic Roadmap for Organizational Resilience

Organizational Resilience - the ability of an organization to resist, absorb, recover and adapt to business disruption in an ever-changing and increasingly complex environment to enable it to deliver its objectives, and rebound and prosper - is a new organizational capability and strategic imperative.

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To date, few organizations have resilient operations; there may be pockets at specific levels and functions of the organization, but no enterprise can claim to be fully resilient. For this strategic imperative to succeed, it must evolve with the changing needs of the modern digital world as well as the impact of changes to the environment, geopolitical perspectives and societal norms. Gartner offers a three- to five-year outlook and guidelines for security and risk management leaders to advance this discipline and achieve business outcomes.

This presentation will discuss how to rollout an organizational resilience program that matches your organizational risk type.

Location: Eversource Berlin, CT

Guests Welcomed

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Speaker: Roberta Witty

Roberta Witty is a Vice President in Gartner Research, where she is part of the Security and Risk Management Leaders research team. Ms. Witty is the Key Initiative Lead for this research team and her primary area of focus is business continuity management and organizational resilience. Prior to joining Gartner in 1999, Ms. Witty managed information security, business continuity management and technology risk management functions for various business units of NYC-based financial institutions: The Chase Manhattan Bank, ING (New York), and the heritage organizations of both Chase and Chemical Bank. 

June 2019 Meeting

Date: Tuesday, June 11, 2019 11:30 AM - 2 PM

Location: Eversource Berlin, CT

Guests Welcomed

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When it comes to the world of drones, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV), evolution is the operative word. There has been a major and accelerated shift in use. What was once a hobby, drones have flown into just about every sector of our economy – aviation, agriculture, mapping, military, entertainment, search and rescue and disaster response, and so on. Drones aren’t going away, and it’s projected the drone market could reach $100 billion by 2020.

For risk professionals, the scope of the threat is huge and evolving – physical security, cyber-attack, malicious surveillance, and more. Where there is sky you can assume there could be a drone, so any air space could be vulnerable. These spaces can include critical infrastructure, stadiums, airports, production facilities, prisons, and corporate offices – to name just a few.

To help businesses and communities alike to consider this threat in their protection plans, the presenter will cover some of the key aspects surrounding drones – including laws and legal issues, opportunities and various risks (local and national). Insight will also be shared on the collaboration among all levels of law enforcement, government agencies and private sector groups for timely exchange of information and analysis surrounding security threats associated with drones. Don’t miss this opportunity to join us to learn more about the promises and threats of drone technology.

Speaker: Detective Marc O’Mara

Detective Marc O’Mara, a veteran Connecticut law enforcement professional with over 20 years of experience, is currently assigned to the Counter Terrorism Unit where his primary focus is critical infrastructure protection. Almost daily he provides briefings to local, state and federal law enforcement agencies, as well as private sector partners, about the promise and threat of UAVs in the 21st century. Marc identified the serious implications of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) present to law enforcement and national security, as is evident by the FAA's ever-evolving regulations concerning the safe use of UAVs in National Airspace. Mr. O’Mara has studied all aspects of UAV technology and the myriad of legal issues – and his broad and deep knowledge has been used to help craft Connecticut’s own UAV laws. Marc began his career with the Naugatuck Police Department where he worked patrol, community policing, and became a member of the Emergency Response Team. In 2004, Marc joined the Connecticut State Police and during his tenure at Troop A Southbury he was named Connecticut's Trooper of the Year and earned the department’s highest award, the Medal of Honor.

July 2019 Summer Networking

ACP-CT Chapter Summer Networking Happy Hour

Date: Thursday, July 11 – 5:30 - 8:00 pm

East Side Restaurant,131 Dwight Street, New Britain, CT

Please Join Us!
Join us for our annual summer networking event. Enjoy a casual summer evening under the covered rooftop at East Side, an iconic German restaurant in the greater Hartford area. Come eat, drink, and mingle. This is a great opportunity to catch up or network with fellow members – or for guests to learn more about all that the CT Chapter offers.

We’ll provide some lite bites and non-alcoholic refreshments, and 1 alcoholic drink per person will be covered. This event is free for Members and first-time Guests, $10 for returning guests. All attendees must be 21 years or older.

RSVP is required in advance, please respond online by July 9 at RSVP.

For questions, please contact Ed Goldberg or Ken Bauman.
We hope to see you there!

August 2019 BREAK

September 2019 Annual ALL Day Event

ACP-CT Chapter - 13th Annual Conference

"Safety is Sound Business Sense"






Agility Recovery

Date: Tuesday, Sept 24th – 8AM - 4PM

Please join us …


Safety is something we all think about. To be safe and sound at work is a top concern for employees and employers alike. Risks vary and everyone has a role to play in identifying and managing risks in the workplace before they cause harm to workers or the company’s bottom line.

We are pleased to offer a packed agenda designed to raise awareness and help to build and enhance your knowledge and skills. Topics will focus on risk management, regulations, education, and training – presented by leaders with extensive experience ready to share their knowledge with you. Whether you are a business owner, an employee in the public or private sector or a college student – you’re sure to learn something new, make connections, and take away ideas you can use in your workplace.

Our annual conference brings together professionals from various industries for valuable networking opportunities and programming focused on business resiliency.


SESSION 1: Assessing Crises for Business Continuity and Emergency Management
This session will review the differences between both processes with a focus on the business continuity component. Discussion will cover conducting risk assessments and business impact analyses, developing and exercising business continuity plans, and training. We will also go over resources currently available from Federal Government Institutions that will assist in the development and implementation of business continuity plans. A practical exercise will also be conducted to reinforce the information and introduce some of the tools we discuss

SESSION 2: Stop the Bleed Training
During this session you will find out how and why the Stop the Bleed® campaign came about and learn proper bleeding control techniques using your hands, dressings, and tourniquets. Find out how to pack a wound, either with gauze or the Quick Clot bandage. Plus get hands-on training on how to apply a tourniquet, both Self-Aid and Buddy-Aid techniques. When an emergency strikes these lifesaving strategies can help anyone act as an immediate responder and save lives – that of a family, friend or stranger.

SESSION 3: CONN-OSHA – Workplace Safety Matters for Employers and Employees
Workplace safety has to be a top priority for everyone, employers and employees. Employers are required to provide a safe workplace – it’s the law! Fully understanding what is required when it comes to compliance with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and other federal and state safety rules and regulations, is time-consuming and even confusing for many organizations. This session will leave you with greater awareness of safety and environmental best practices to reduce risks, increased knowledge of requirements to achieve compliance with national OHSA and state workplace rules and regulations, and a better understanding of resources available to help create the safest possible workplace environment.

SESSION 4: Professional Development to Advance Careers in Business Continuity and Emergency Management
Over time certification has become more professional and valuable. The testing process and in-field work experience required now represent a mark of achievement and has gained recognition as the distinction of a highly qualified professional in an exacting discipline. This session will provide valuable insight on obtaining a certification and what the process entails, including the amount of time and effort and what some of the challenges can be. The discussion will also include a case study for obtaining the Associate Emergency Manager (AEM) and Certified Emergency Manager (CEM) certifications through the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM), one of the largest professional organization in the industry.

October 2019 Meeting

Date: Tuesday, October 22, 2019 11:30 AM - 2 PM

Location: Eversource Berlin, CT

Guests Welcomed

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Globalization, the Internet, distributed computing and government mandates have changed the focus of business continuity. People expect to withdraw cash from automated teller machines, transfer funds, purchase online, enter stock trades, track delivery status and perform many other activities at any time and from anywhere. Legislation and regulations have made guaranteeing data integrity and availability of critical systems a legal requirement.
Today, business continuity must go well beyond traditional preparedness – also addressing everyday issues that can add up to major losses. When a business disruption occurs, nothing is more important than recovering operations and enabling critical functions to continue. Workgroup recovery strategies help to get critical workers up and running during an emergency or outage event.
In this session you’ll hear top business issues impacting workspace recovery, how companies are addressing those issues, cost implications of achieving recovery readiness, and the future direction of the workspace recovery market. A business continuity plan is a must for small, mid and large-sized businesses alike to implement proactive preparedness steps to prevent disruptions in operations. Join us for insight to gauge your company’s recovery readiness.

Registration LINK: HERE


Kevin Binder serves as an Area Director at Agility Recovery. He joined Agility Recovery in March of 2011 and is currently responsible for new market development, client management, and sales & marketing efforts.  Agility Recovery currently serves over 15,000 member organizations across North America by providing access to the four key aspects of business operations during a disaster recovery: Office Space, Computer Technology, Temporary Power and Communications. Kevin, along with his colleagues at Agility, have unparalleled success recovering 1000’s of members throughout all types of disasters from coast to coast. Kevin holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from College of Charleston.


November 2019 Meeting

December 2019 Annual Gathering

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