New Business Continuity Alliance Formed to Continue Work of MSU CIP Program

April 14, 2010, Washington, DC—The Security Executive Council and Michigan State University have partnered to continue and expand the work of the MSU Critical Incident Protocol (CIP) program, which lost its federal funding last spring. The new Business Continuity Alliance (BCA) will offer a variety of unique services, guidance and expertise to businesses, government agencies and nonprofit organizations well beyond what was done under the federal grant.

For eight years the MSU CIP program assisted communities in bringing government and business together for joint crisis management by providing training, consultation and support. The BCA will similarly focus on enhancing business continuity, government continuity of operations, security, risk management, crisis management and emergency preparedness. Through the alliance, MSU and Council representatives will conduct research, help design new programs, conduct high-quality training, exercise plans, and coordinate public/private partnerships. Dr. Ed McGarrell, Director of the School of Criminal Justice, commented on the alliance by saying, “We are extremely excited about this partnership with the Council. This provides an outstanding vehicle for connecting MSU’s research and education programs to the security community. It will help focus our research and education on the emerging challenges facing security executives with the goal of solving critical problems.”

Longtime MSU CIP staff members Rad Jones, Jerry Miller and Brit Weber will continue to play an important role in this new public/private partnership effort. Their private sector and law enforcement background and expertise and experience in crisis management, security, public/private partnerships, provide a balanced understanding of needs and capabilities to solve problems.

To find out how to participate in the Business Continuity Alliance, or for more information, please contact or visit (

About the Security Executive Council
The Security Executive Council ( is a problem-solving research and services organization that involves a wide range of risk management decision makers. Its community includes forward-thinking practitioners, agencies, universities, NGOs, innovative solution providers, media companies and industry groups. Backed by a Faculty of more than 100 successful current and former security executives, the Council creates groundbreaking Collective Knowledge™ research, which is used as an essential foundation for its deliverables. The Council is the eminent voice on organizational risk mitigation leadership; its work has been widely cited in publications ranging from major security trade magazines to business publications such as Forbes and Harvard Business Review.

Marleah Blades
Manager, External Relations

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