Crisis Management and Business Continuity
Date: August 4-8, 2014 | Tuition: $3,200 | Continuing Education Units (CEUs): 3.2
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Preparing for a crisis is not a luxury; it is a necessity. You know the odds are high that your company will suffer a disaster or crisis at some point. You cannot say you weren't ready; today's extreme public and government scrutiny demand that you should have been prepared.
MIT's "Crisis Management & Business Continuity" will help prepare you for the inevitable.
This comprehensive course provides up-to-date assessments and knowledge on issues that affect you—terrorism, pandemic, cyber security, communications, news media—from the experts involved with these efforts. You will have the opportunity to interact with these lecturers and with peers from industry and government.
By the end of the course, you will have the tools, knowledge, and understanding to benchmark, assess, and improve your business continuity, disaster recovery, and crisis management program. This includes the Course Manual (print and/or e-files), templates, and current articles. You will gain valuable contacts, have plenty of networking opportunities, and acquire insights for immediate implementation.
Fundamentals: Core concepts, understandings, and tools (30%)
Latest Developments: Recent advances and future trends (30%)
Industry Applications: Linking theory and real-world (40%)
Lecture: Delivery of material in a lecture format (65%)
Labs: Demonstrations, experiments, simulations (35%)
Introductory: Appropriate for a general audience (50%)
Specialized: Assumes experience in practice area or field (50%)
- Presentations by and discussions with industry and government leaders/subject matter experts
- Current status of issues that affect you and your organization
- Interactions with peers from industry and government
- Lessons learned from multiple case studies
- Benchmark your BCP/DRP/CM program
- Course Manual – printed and/or e-files
- Various templates for your immediate use
- Current articles by industry authors
- MIT Professional Education Certificate of Course Completion
Who Should Attend
This course is for the Business Continuity, Disaster Recovery, Emergency Management, and Crisis Management practitioner or responder as well as for the executive who oversees these disciplines. Other staff who would benefit from this course include corporate executives, directors, and staff from IT/MIS, Environment Health & Safety, Risk Management, Public Relations, Human Resources, and Security. This course is also suited for federal, state, and local government officials and Emergency Managers.
Both novices and experienced personnel will benefit greatly from this course. If you cannot go, tell your director/executive so he/she can attend to better understand your complex profession.
The course offers an effective combination of lecture, case studies, and class participation activities conducted by knowledgeable and experienced instructors who are leaders in their fields. Many case studies of actual crisis situations are used to emphasize and enhance the concepts. Several interactive class activities provide additional hands-on experience. Students will also practice what is learned: the course concludes with a crisis exercise in which students take active roles in a simulated disaster, including a realistic news media briefing.
NOTE: The Program Outline will be updated soon with the 2014 topics, speakers, and schedule. The topics and speakers listed here are expected to return for 2014. View the 2013 course schedule.
In addition this year, the course will offer discussions on the following recent events and their impact:
- The big retailer data breaches: What happened and what you need to do
- North America’s Electric Grid: Reliability, threats, and consequences
- The GridEx II National Electric Grid Exercise – Surprising results
- Business Non–Continuity: A successful strategy of temporarily shutting down operations to save the company! (tentative)
Welcome and Introduction; the Basics
- Course Information and Outline; the MIT Experience
• Steve Goldman, Bill VanSchalkwyk, Dick Larson, Lou DiBerardinis
- The Basics of Crisis Management and Business Continuity
• Dr. Steve Goldman
- BCP Legal Issues and Industry Standards
• Julie Keefe, Of Counsel, Grossman, Furlow & Bayó, LLC
The Practice of BCP/DRP
- You are not alone: partnerships, industry organizations, government agencies, conferences, and tools to help you
• Cheyene Marling, President, BC Management Inc.
- Case study: BCP/DRP/CM for a small regional corporation
• Mark Carroll, SVP and Business Risk Officer, Income Research + Management, Inc.
- Case study: BCP/DRP/CM for a large multi-national company
• Rick Reed, Issue and Crisis Management, Intel Corporation
- Your Boston Survival Guide: How to speak, eat, and drive like a Bostonian
• Dr. Steve Goldman, MIT
After-class complimentary networking activity: Reception for students, traveling companions, and faculty
- Terrorism update
• Onofrio “Nooch” Minafo and Bradley Davis, Federal Bureau of Investigation
- Cyber security threat update
• Dr. Nader Mehravari, MBCP, MBCI, CERT Cyber Resilience Center, Carnegie Mellon University
- IT and Disaster Recovery: Trends and Technology
• Rachel Dines, Analyst - Infrastructure & Operations, Forrester Research
- Pandemic Update: Issues, plans, response, and case studies
• Professor Richard Larson, MIT
- Case Study – Topic to be determined
- Emergency Preparedness & the Five Dimensions of Meta-Leadership
• Dr. Eric McNulty, National Preparedness Leadership Initiative, Harvard University
After-class complimentary networking activity: Boston Duck Tour and New England dinner dinner for students, traveling companions, and faculty (space available basis)
Today's class to be held at the FEMA/DHS Regional Response Coordination Center
Implementation and Response
- Local and Hazmat Emergency Planning and Response
• Bill VanSchalkwyk, Director, MIT EH&S and Lieutenant, City of Groton Fire Department
- State Emergency Planning and Response
• Allen Phillips, Operations Manager, Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency
Lunch break and tour of the FEMA RRCC
- Federal Emergency Planning and Response
• William “Russ” Webster, Preparedness Division, FEMA Region I, Department of Homeland Security
- Case Study: Workplace Violence at the Discovery Channel
• Karen Kiley, Vice President Building Operations and Security, Discovery Communications
- Panel discussion – Topic to be determined
After-class networking activity: Restaurant sign up & go (optional)
The Media, the Internet, and Your Crisis
- The news media: what we are going to do to you. Individual presentations by newspaper, radio, and TV news reporters/editors; each will also address the implications of social media
• Joe Sciacca, Editor-in-Chief, The Boston Herald
• Peter J. Casey, Director of News & Programming, WBZ News Radio 1030 - CBS Radio
- Television/Visual Media
• Howard B. Price, News Editor and Director, Business Continuity, ABC News, New York
- Social Media: Current Use and Future Trends
• Heather D. Read, Social Media Issues & Crisis, DuPont
- Case Study – Topic to be determined
- Panel discussion and open forum
• All the day's lecturers
- Course instructors present a table-top simulation of an unfolding, multi-incident crisis. Students take active roles as federal, local, corporate, news media, or other responders to manage and recover from the events.
• Steve Goldman, Bill VanSchalkwyk, Howard Price, Dick Larson, Lou DiBerardinis
- Leadership insights for the BCP Manager position
• Steve Goldman
- The top 5 things to do when you return to your office
• Steve Goldman
Course Critique and Graduation
Afternoon Tour of MIT (optional for students and traveling companions, no cost)
Course schedule and registration times
Class runs 9:00 am - 5:30 pm on Monday; 8:00 am - 5:30 pm on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday; and 8:00 am - 12:30 pm on Friday.
Registration on Monday morning from 7:50 - 8:30 am.
Optional complimentary after-class networking activities include a reception on Monday evening, a Duck Tour & New England dinner on Tuesday evening, and tour of MIT on Friday afternoon.
Tijan Drammeh, Data Protection Manager, University of Maryland University College
"The course lecturers were all subject matter experts in what they do, or had acquired great first hand practical experience in BC/DR and or crisis management. This allowed them to provide useful and valuable examples that can be quickly applied on the job. The breadth and depth of the material covered was great and unexpected. Other courses I have attended were too narrowly focused on methodology of developing and creating plans, and not enough 'big picture view of BC.' This course blended all the different aspects of BC."
Kevin O'Reilly, Senior Global Security Specialist, CA Technologies
"Great combination of effective communicators and subject matter expertise. No 'duds' and that is saying a lot. The course validated my company's internal processes while still providing some cutting edge information for me."
Gary Bennett, Business Assurance - Global BCM Coordinator, Pearson
"In addition to copies of the presentations, other pertinent materials were provided that can be taken back into the work environment and used immediately. I had an opportunity to interact with peers in a setting that promoted an open and candid discussion about the issues and application of principles."
Patricia Dischinger, VP Business Continuity, First Community Services
"Just a marvelous group...could have spent forever listening...sharing thoughts...and asking questions!"
h. leland smith, business administration instructor, holmes community college
"The practice exercise was phenomenal!"
ifeanyichukwu otudoh, information technologist, oceanic bank international plc
"It is a great course. An eye opener to business continuity management, especially at this period when the business world is filled with so much uncertainty. An opportunity to learn and share experience with leaders and professionals from over the world. The course really prepared me for task of putting in place an effective and realistic plan to address uncertainties or emergencies that may arise during business."
it compliance analyst, electric cooperatives of arkansas
"I met all of the personal objectives I had for taking the course. In addition, I was able to take away many great ideas for improving my organization's plans and training programs regarding their plans."
security and crisis management/business continuity leader, general electric
"The course content was relevant and consisted of real-life scenarios. The caliber of presenters was phenomenal! I really enjoyed being in a great learning environment. It was great to be able to connect with BCP/Crisis Management professionals from around the world."
business continuity principal consultant, bluecross blueshield of tennessee
"The quality and expertise of the lecturers was the greatest asset of the course. These were people that had experienced very high-profile events and were able to share 'real world' experiences - not 'text book theories'."
As seen from the course outline above, Course lecturers are knowledgeable and experienced industry, academic, and government agency experts, including the program organizers below.
Dr. Larson is Mitsui Professor in the Engineering Systems Division. He is author, co-author, or editor of six books and author of over 85 articles, primarily in the fields of urban service systems (esp. emergency response systems), queueing, logistics, disaster management, disease dynamics, dynamic pricing of critical infrastructures, education, and workforce planning.
Dr. Goldman is an internationally recognized expert in Business Continuity, Crisis Management, Disaster Recovery, and Crisis Communications. A Fortune 500 Company's former Global Business Continuity Program Manager, Steve has over 30 years hands-on experience in all aspects of these disciplines.
Mr. VanSchalkwyk is Managing Director, MIT Office of Environmental Health and Safety. Bill is a certified safety professional and certified hazardous materials manager; he is also a Fire Lieutenant and Emergency Medical Technician in his town of residence.
Mr. DiBeradinis is Director, MIT Office of Environmental Health and Safety. Since 1986, Lou also has been a visiting lecturer at Harvard University School of Public Health, where he currently teaches in several graduate courses and continuing education programs.
This course takes place on the MIT campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts. We can also offer this course for groups of employees at your location. Please contact the Short Programs office for further details.
Traveling Companion/Family/TOURISt Information
The greater Boston area offers world-class music, art, literary, sports, recreation, shopping, restaurants, and history resources to explore. The Short Programs Travel page offers information and resources for things to do during your stay in Boston. While you are in class, your spouse/family/traveling companion can enjoy the unique experience of the Boston and New England area in summertime, shopping, touring, or visiting one or more of the over 100 college and universities in Massachussetts.
Traveling companions are also invited to the complimentary:
- Monday evening reception at MIT
- Tuesday evening Duck Tour and New England dinner (space available basis)
- Friday afternoon tour of MIT
Links & Resources
- The Boston Marathon Bombings: Exemplary Response Amid Horror
Two-hour panel session from the 2013 Crisis Management course with Edward Davis, Boston Police commissioner; James Hooley, chief of Boston EMS, and others
- Panel draws crisis management lessons from local events
Experts from MIT and Boston area discuss emergency preparedness in Short Programs course
- MIT researchers seek to create tool to identify sources of foodborne illness outbreaks - Team receives two-year award from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
- Panel draws crisis management lessons from local events - Experts from MIT and Boston area discuss emergency preparedness in Short Programs course
- Allocating flu vaccines to maximize number of people remaining healthy - Research could help prevent millions of people from becoming infected with the next pandemic flu
There are no updates at this time.