Welcome to the North Texas Chapter of the Association of Continuity Professionals (ACP). ACP is a non-profit professional organization, which provides a forum for the exchange of experiences and information, for business continuity professionals, throughout a network of local chapters.
Founded in March of 1986, the North Texas Chapter is one of the oldest continuously meeting chapters, and among the largest by membership, serving the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex. Meetings are held on the first Tuesday of every month, unless the first Tuesday coincides with a holiday week. We invite you to attend our next meeting.
Date/Time: Tuesday, July 13, 2021 Noon - 1:30 PM
Where: Virtual Event (meeting info will be provided for those who RSVP)
Address: Video link information to be sent to those attending
Attendees should anticipate a minimum of 1.5-hour meetings, with the expectation that meetings may last for 2 hours. Please join us for our next meeting!
Anyone interested in hosting an event or speaking at an upcoming meeting, please contact our Programs Director.
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ACP North Texas Members,
If you are like me, I can feel the tides turning on the Pandemic with the new CDC and State of Texas guidelines just announced. After the 14-month roller-coaster ride in our industry, I hear people talking about meeting family, going out for a dinner, and companies talking about their strategy of getting some percentage of staff back to the office. In fact, I even hear people talking about vacation planning. Your Chapter Board of Directors is in the process of talking again about in-person (and virtual) meetings for members who want to get together. Granted we are all at different phases of “getting back to normal”, but at least these phases are going in the right direction.
As we move to this phase I think of how prepared we were and how many stakeholders said they were not considering a Pandemic in their plans as a risk, as “it won’t happen”. I think of the work efforts that followed in Q1 2020 with getting at least 50%+ of our workforce to WFH. Looking back, were you ready? Were your plans robust enough? Was your company ready for this type of global response? I can probably say with some confidence, most of us had gaps in our plans and responses for one reason or another.
But as we move forward, I encourage you to work closely with your leadership and stakeholders to not allow the “we made it through a pandemic, we can make it through anything” mentality to get a grip within your organization. There were supply chain equipment issues that many, if not most, had to deal with for a large work-from-home workforce. Additional security considerations needed to be addressed as WFH staff began using personal equipment (also used by others in the family) and the extension of the corporate network to everyone’s home network and their IoT devices.
So what could have broken our response to the Pandemic? I mean, we did have the worst hurricane season in recent memory, and we mostly made it through that. We had the mobile technology infrastructure in place that supported WFH for our staff. “Zoom” became a corporate enabler to connect our staff, continuing to drive business processes. We made it through, we should be happy…shouldn’t we?
But, what if the Global Covid-19 Pandemic, was a Global Cyber Event? Would your stakeholders have again said, “it won’t happen”? Would your company have had a strategy that kept your business open? The Colonial pipeline ransomware attack should be a vivid reminder that it may be closer than we think, make sure you plan for it.
Chet Bojarski, MBCP
North Texas Chapter President
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