Building Resiliency through Engagement in North Texas
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, February 1, 2022 Noon - 1:30 PM
Location: Virtual Meeting (Meeting information will be provided for those who RSVP)
Topic: Bridging the Gap between Cyber Security and Business Continuity
Presenter: Andrew Jarrett, Director of Cybersecurity Defense and Compliance at Amsys Innovative Solutions
Attendees should anticipate a minimum of 1.5-hour meetings, with the understanding that meetings may last for 2 hours. Please join us for our next meeting!
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ACP North Texas Members,
As we approach the 1-year anniversary of the “Texas Arctic Blast” I am reminded of something I experienced last year. I was driving about 40 MPH and approaching a large apartment complex that had planted trees in the median between the traffic lanes. Ahead of me, I saw brake lights and I applied my brakes as traffic slowed down to just 5 MPH, literally a crawl. The root cause of the slowdown was the sprinklers had gone off and watered the lawn that morning. As a result, those trees were transformed into what looked like ice sculptures. That was not all. The water from the runoff had also covered the roadway which now was a virtual ice rink due to the freezing temperatures.
Of course, my mind went to the Resiliency side…Did no one check the weather report about the freezing temps? Did no one think about turning off the sprinkler system? Did they not have a freezing temperature sensor on the sprinkler system?
Within our Resiliency disciplines, we work with our partners to identify and prevent risks that are within our control. We reach out to people we work with and suggest things like “Check the weather and look for….”, ” Turn off the sprinkler if…”, ” Install a weather sensor to avoid….”. We do it constantly, and many times without even thinking about the value. It is in our nature to observe and address those things we see.
Most of you probably get little or no credit for the things you have done that avoided the need to invoke a plan, all because you had the foresight to see it and address it. The drive I took that day was about 10 miles long and I had no issues anywhere but the one frozen block. Everyone else along that 10-mile route was proactive and I never appreciate the work they did, but, I did recognize the person who did not do theirs!
Probably every KPI you generate tracks actions such as testing and responses, but is that the entire story? Maybe it is time to start including in those same reports what was “avoided” due to planning and testing. The reality is if you want your leadership to understand the full value you bring to your corporation, you should include the entire impact of your contributions, not just the obvious ones.
Chet Bojarski, MBCP
North Texas Chapter President
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