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Advanced Resilience and Business Continuity Leaders Course

Advanced Resilience and Business Continuity Leaders Course table
Start date20 Jun 2022
End date23 Jun 2022
Provider RSM Corp
LocationWarrenton, Virginia
Type Security, Security Risk Management, Strategic Leadership, Crisis management, Security Management
CostPlease contact RSM. GISF members will qualify for a discounted price
Booking URLhttps://www.rsmconsulting.us/events/

Accelerated Knowledge Production for Resilience Leaders

In today’s dynamic world, organisations at all scales and in all sectors face challenges like never before. Proxy state actors and non-state actors challenge our cyber security, compounding vulnerabilities associated with our reliance on the availability and integrity of data, climate change and environmental degradation is creating more intense and more frequent natural hazard events, pandemics and epidemics impact society at a national and global level, trans-national criminal and terror organisations pose a physical threat to our people and operations at home and abroad, and globalisation creates supply chain vulnerabilities that have the potential to disrupt or stop business and operations. In this world, a new professional the “Resilience Leader” is a strategic influencer.

For those seeking to rapidly accelerate knowledge, learning opportunities are often incremental or opportunistic in nature – rather than through a focused and structured methodology which accelerates strategic leadership knowledge. The Advanced Resilience and Business Continuity (ARBC) leadership program is designed to provide focused learning against core thematic areas within a multi-sector environment, enabling the cross-pollination of ideas, strategies, and experiences. The program empowers leaders to speak the language of their functional peers with sufficient fluency to shape effective and integrated outcomes. The course provides you with:

  • Knowledge within strategic areas of resilience and business continuity
  • The ability to communicate fluently across functional boundaries
  • Credibility within the resilience profession
  • Effective action-based outcomes to advance organisational strategies
  • The ability to network across sectors to gain transdisciplinary knowledge

Who is the course for:

This course is designed for any leader who owns aspects of the organisational risk portfolio, whether a security professional or function lead (e.g., HR, Operations, Finance, Legal, Communications, or a COO or CEO).

The Course

The course is designed to rapidly accelerate knowledge and its practical application in a broad range of specialist subjects, providing participants with a robust basis for applying an integrated and intelligent approach to managing diverse threats – protecting people, assets, information, business interests, operations and organisational reputation. The program allows practitioners to both understand their specific role within the framework of organisational resilience – but also critically to contextualise the needs, concerns and practices of other risk owners. The program offers the adaptable tools to support transformative change to an organisation’s approach to tackling the complex problem of designing and implementing resilience (and security risk management) programs.

The course addresses a range of recognised standards to enable participants to understand how to leverage existing best practice, including:

  • ISO 31000: Risk management
  • ISO 22317: Business impact analysis
  • ISO 22301: Business continuity management
  • ISO 27001: Information security management (and 27031 for ICT business continuity)
  • ISO 22320: Emergency management
  • ISO 34001: Security and resilience
  • ISO 22316: Organisational resilience
  • ISO 18788: Management systems for private security operations
  • ISO 31030: Travel risk management
  • BSI 17091: Crisis management

The course combines theory, discussion groups and tabletop exercises using a wide range of learning tools, including presentations, eLearning, adult video games, practical team exercises, RSM’s proprietary crisis eXercising program, role players and insightful guest speakers. The program includes:

  • Instructor-led Program:

A four-day instructor led program delivered by recognised organisational resilience, business continuity and security risk management experts. The course includes unique guest speakers who bring knowledge to life with real-world experiences, culminating in a half day crisis management exercise to put knowledge to practice.

  • eLearning: 

Access to 53+ hours of eLearning for 2 years covering 93 topics of organisational resilience, business continuity and security risk management – creating the ability for participants to explore subjects in detail during a self-governed learning journey.

  • CPD credits:

Over 85 Continuing Professional Development (CPE) credits for members of ASIS, INSSA, HRCI and SHRM. The credits are also recognised across a range of other awarding or professional bodies such as the SEC.

  • International Recognition:

Four international certifications which demonstrate technical competence across a range of critical knowledge areas: [1] Crisis Leadership, [2] Family Liaison in Crisis Events, [3] Senior Leadership in the Management of Risk, and [4] Investigations Management.

  • Peer Sharing:

Cross-pollination of sector and industry experience, standards and practices, enabling the process of ‘borrowing’ and ‘boundary spanning’ of best practice and inter-disiplinary knowledge sharing, accelerating new knowledge and practice creation.

  • Templates and Handouts:

The course provides participants multiple templates, studies, articles, sample job specifications and infographics which can be used to advance resilience, risk, security, business continuity and emergency and crisis management standards and practices.

GISF members will qualify for a discounted price.

What you will learn:

The 4-day course compresses weeks of strategic learning into a condensed, focused, and interesting series of micro-learning sessions. Tabletop discussions, practical sessions, professional role players, digital media, guest speakers and exercising is used to contextualise and reinforce learning outcomes. The course includes:

Day 1

  • Course introduction and key learning objectives.
  • Principles of organisational resilience and business continuity management systems.
  • International standards and their practical application.
  • The value of the ‘pracademic’: blending practitioner and academic excellence.
  • The crisis ‘flow’ of prepare and prevent, respond and manage, and transition and recovery.
  • The hierarchy of resilience and security practitioners and professionals.
  • The risk assessment process and the Business Impact Analysis (BIA) process.
  • The importance of duty of care, both for the individual and the organisation.

Day 2

  • Strategies used for designing resilience document systems: thematic and cross-cutting.
  • Intellectual and sensitive information risks and requirements.
  • The methodologies for designing performance management systems.
  • Critical stakeholders and vendors mapping, evaluation and engagement.
  • The concept of ‘action and evidence’.
  • Building, implementing and sustaining awareness and competency strategies and plans.

Day 3

  • Arrest and detentions.
  • ICT Disaster Recovery and cyber security • Fatality and repatriation management.
  • Natural disasters.
  • Fraud and corruption.
  • Kidnap and ransom.
  • Political risks.
  • Family liaison and management.
  • Crisis communications and media management.
  • Financial resilience and anti-terrorist financing and support.
  • Investigations management and stakeholder coordination.

Day 4

  • Serious injuries and mass casualty events.
  • Active shooter and armed aggressor threats.
  • Planning and leading, or supporting, resilience audits.
  • Activating a Local Incident Management and Crisis Management Leadership Teams.
  • Crisis Management Team exercise where the group can select from one of 35+ scenarios.
  • The resilience and business continuity organisational “value proposition”.
  • End of course BBQ and drinks.

Guest Speakers

  • Steve Dennis

Steve Dennis was kidnapped and shot while working for the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) in Kenya. Held for four days in Somalia before being rescued by a mixed government and militia force, the subsequent legal proceedings several years later culminated in the Oslo Courts finding the NRC grossly negligent with a €465,000 settlement case which highlights the need for effective duty of care and organisational resilience.

  • Jessica Buchanan

Jessica Buchanan was kidnapped and held for 93 days while working for the Danish Refugee Council (DRC) before being rescued by SEAL Team 6. The case study illustrates both successes and failures across multiple agencies and organisations in risk prevention measures, crisis response, and longer-term crisis management. The case highlights poor risk controls, a lack of a security culture and how leadership teams can fail their staff.

RSM Advanced Resilience & Business Continuity Leadership Course

Who is RSM

Risk and Strategic Management, Corp (RSM) is a world leader in designing ISO compliant business continuity management systems and operationalising these through a range of training and exercising solutions across multiple sectors and industries. We operate in over 75 countries, supporting more than 800 organisations in addressing complex and dynamic risks. Holding Approved Training Center status with the Institute of Leadership Management (ILM), the Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI), the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), and the City and Guilds ‘Assured Program’; our training is validated by four awarding bodies and comes with multiple certifications. Our training is also recognised by ASIS International, International NGO Safety and Security Association (INSSA), Security Executive Council (SEC) and DisasterReady for Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credits.



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