Everbridge focuses on Best Practice for operational resilience at industry forum

Everbridge – the specialist in critical event management and enterprise safety software applications designed to help keep people safe and businesses running – has just hosted ‘Prepare and Protect’, an exclusive forum in the City of London to assist companies in managing their business operations against the backdrop of an increased security threat.

The forum took place at the offices of Willis Towers Watson in Lime Street on Wednesday 26 June and featured experts, practitioners and solutions providers discussing the landscape of risk that faces every organisation. The audience comprised over 100 organisations representing the FTSE 500 and key UK public services.

The Everbridge forum featured two keynote speakers. Will Geddes is the CEO and founder of the International Corporate Protection (ICP) Group, whose experience spans 25 years. He has been involved in specialist security advising corporate, Government and private clients across the world and has managed and tactically responded to crises and international events from environmental disasters through to emergency evacuations in multiple, often high-risk locations.

The second keynote speaker was John Ludlow, CEO of Airmic (an association focused on risk management and insurance decision-makers). Ludlow is a seasoned risk management expert. He served as senior vice-president and head of global risk management at the InterContinental Hotels Group following five years of senior operational leadership roles in the hospitality industry.

Other companies represented on the panels at the event included ASIS UK, the National Bank of Kuwait, Guys & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, Willis Towers Watson, International SOS, Control Risks and AON. The morning and afternoon panel sessions were moderated by Everbridge.

The main focus provided insights into the many critical events which disrupt daily operations and put the safety of an organisation’s people – as well as their business assets, supply chain and brand reputations – at risk. Presentations discussed the challenges and threats that currently face organisations in order help delegates assess their own levels of preparedness and planning.

“The threat landscape is almost constantly shifting, which makes it very hard for businesses to accurately weigh the implications for their own employees,” said Kirsty Grant, marketing manager at Everbridge. “This event was pt together to shed light on the most prevalent threats, but more importantly provide practical and informed advice about what organisations can do to ensure they’re prepared with an operational resilience plan.”

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Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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