ChicagoFIRST is a non-profit association of private firms in the Chicagoland area that collaborates with one another and with government at all levels to promote the resilience of its members and the Chicago business community.

The ChicagoFIRST mission is to —

  1. Increase the resilience of the Chicago land private sector in the event of an emergency, natural disaster, or terrorist event, in collaboration with the City of Chicago; the State of Illinois; and federal agencies, including the U.S. Departments of Treasury and Homeland Security, FEMA, FBI and Secret Service.
  2. Improve the overall preparedness of employers and employees in the Chicago land area
  3. Address the interdependencies among critical infrastructure within the Chicago land area, such as finance, insurance, banking, telecommunications, power, commercial facilities and water systems.

ChicagoFIRST has been addressing cyber security issues locally and nationally with recently completed exercises exploring these threats, as well as the private sector’s potential response to an attack.

As private sector business continuity and security programs continue to expand their focus on preparedness for and response to a cyber attack, ChicagoFIRST has been working with local and federal government officials to link the public and private sectors’ activities.

If your organization is in the Chicago land area, we recommend that your business continuity, disaster recovery and risk managers make note of this available resource for their crisis management and general preparedness requirements.

Click here to go to the ChicagoFIRST website.

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