Resolute was recently engaged by a member-based organization after they became a victim of a ransomware attack. The organization’s systems, including network file servers, phone system, internal HR data and membership information were all breached and their data encrypted. The organization, which includes several hundred employees who operate from offices in multiple states servicing more than 50,000 individual members were suddenly rendered completely ineffective and unable to conduct basic daily operations.
Resolute engaged immediately. We had an incident response professional on site within an hour of being called and conducted an immediate assessment of the situation to develop a recovery and response plan. After completing the initial assessment, it was clear the response protocols the organization believed were in place were in fact ineffective, hampering any type of timely recovery.
Resolute, in conjunction with an IT recovery specialist, immediately developed an internal response team, incorporating all of the organization’s key divisions, including IT, HR, communications, legal and membership. Working with the response team, Resolute developed a crisis communications plan with messaging to immediately inform all relevant parties of the current situation and plans moving forward.
Resolute then worked with the organization to move from containment to the recovery phase, identifying a forensic response team to further aid in the process to stop, contain and control the incident to recover from the attack.
After several weeks of ongoing activities and implementation of the response plan by the entire team, the organization’s network and infrastructure were restored and normal operation resumed.
ann cuniff2019-11-15T21:04:30+00:00November 15th, 2019|
Resolute has been focused on protecting jobs and ensuring American transit agencies have access to a competitive passenger railcar market on behalf of CRRC Sifang America. CRRC built a $100 million passenger railcar manufacturing facility in the Hegewisch neighborhood on the far south side of Chicago, which opened earlier this year. The new facility already employs more than 80 workers who are building the next generation of railcars for the CTA.
America’s leading beverage companies are working together to reduce the industry’s plastic footprint through its new #EveryBottleBack initiative. They are designing their bottles to be 100% recyclable and investing in efforts to get their bottles back so they can remake them into new ones.
Read more about the issue and how America’s three largest beverage companies: Coca-Cola, Pepsi and Keurig Dr. Pepper and the American Beverage Association are partnering to invest $100 million to improve recycling, processing and packaging.
Kirk Tanner (PepsiCo Beverages North America), Jim Dinkins (Coca-Cola North America), Katherine Lugar (American Beverage Association), and Derek Hopkins announce the launch of the #EveryBottleBack initiative.
ann cuniff2019-11-01T16:46:49+00:00November 1st, 2019|
The Obama Foundation just moved closer to building the new Obama Presidential Center in Jackson Park – thanks to U.S. District Judge John Robert Blakey who dismissed a lawsuit against the center.
Resolute was proud to be part of an inspired team who worked with the Foundation to secure this transformational landmark Presidential Center for Chicago.
The Obama Presidential Center promises to be a cultural, educational, artistic and recreational beacon on the South Side and an economic engine for the community and Chicago. The world-class project will include a towering museum, a two-story public meeting space, a branch of the Chicago Public Library and a Program and Athletic Center.
The $500 million project will create thousands of jobs in construction, on-site at the center and for community businesses.
ann cuniff2019-08-29T21:15:57+00:00June 13th, 2019|
The Publicity Club of Chicago recognized Resolute with seven awards at the 60th Annual Golden Trumpet Awards. The awards recognize work completed on behalf of clients in a variety of disciplines, including public affairs, media relations, special events, branding and marketing.
“Golden Trumpets are one of the most coveted awards in the communications industry,” said Dave Smolensky, chief operating officer. “These awards represent the incredible level of work the entire Resolute team is executing on a daily basis and demonstrates the highest level of strategic thinking and creativity our clients have come to expect.”
ann cuniff2019-08-29T21:18:11+00:00June 7th, 2019|
Resolute Consulting Senior Advisor Ron Moultrie has been recognized by Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer with the Navy Distinguished Civilian Service Award.
Ron, a former senior national security official who retired as the Director of Operations of the National Security Agency (NSA), was recognized for his role in a cybersecurity readiness review for the Secretary of the Navy. The review examined cybersecurity at the governance layer and identified five critical pillars key to cybersecurity readiness: culture, people, structure, processes and resources.
“To be recognized by Secretary Spencer with the Navy Distinguished Civilian Service Award is a tremendous honor,” said Ron Moultrie, Senior Advisor of Resolute Consulting. “Having the opportunity to play an integral role in enhancing the U.S. Navy’s, and by extension the Defense Department’s, cybersecurity posture and future strategy was extremely rewarding.”
“This distinguished honor underscores the high level of integrity and expertise Ron brings to every engagement – whether it is for the U.S. Navy or one of Resolute’s clients,” said Greg Goldner, President and CEO of Resolute Consulting. “Ron continues to be sought after for his extraordinary knowledge of cybersecurity intelligence and his unique ability to translate that into actionable cybersecurity readiness planning. We are so proud that Ron was recognized with this award and honored to have him as a senior advisor to our firm.”
At Resolute, Ron is part of the firm’s cybersecurity practice and plays a key role on a team of trusted advisors who have worked on the most challenging international and domestic high-stakes security assignments in the world
The Navy Distinguished Civilian Service Award is the highest honor the Secretary can confer upon a civilian employee. It is granted only to those who have given distinguished or extraordinary service to the Department of the Navy and is reserved for contributions that are so unusual or significant that recognition at the Secretary of the Navy level is deserved.
ann cuniff2019-08-29T21:22:56+00:00April 4th, 2019|
A hiring celebration at CRRC’s $100 million state-of-the-art railcar manufacturing facility on Chicago’s Far Southeast Side recognized the hiring of the first employees who will assemble the CTA’s new 7000-series railcars. Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Chicago Transit Authority President Dorval R. Carter, Jr., CRRC Sifang America and the Chicago Federation of Labor attended the event at the new 45-acre facility where CRRC will create approximately 170 manufacturing, warehouse and professional jobs.
One of the featured speakers was Perry Nobles, who was among the 25 new union workers hired to date. The first group of production workers will travel to in China early March for highly specialized training in assembling the new railcars.
“This is a big story: the next generation of CTA railcars will be built right here in Chicago by Chicago workers,” said Dave Smolensky, partner, Resolute Consulting. Since it was awarded the CTA contract in 2016, Resolute has helped CRRC strengthen its connection to the local community, highlight its commitment to Chicago and local hiring. Resolute produced this special hiring event and the facility groundbreaking event.
“The creation of this state-of-the-art railcar facility is not only an investment in the CTA, but a vote of confidence in Chicago’s economy and our workforce Mayor Emanuel said. “Our goal of having a world-class transportation system is one step closer with this critical investment on the far Southeast side.
“We are excited to have hired the initial group of union production workers who will assemble the next generation of railcars for the Chicago Transit Authority,” CRRC Sifang America’s President Chengyong Liu said. As we complete the new Chicago facility, our newly hired workers will be training in preparation to build the first 10 prototypes of then new 7000-series rail cars to be delivered later this year.”
The new facility will assemble the CTA’s base order of 400 railcars for a total of $632 million or $1.58 million per car, with future options for an additional 446 railcars. These 7000-series vehicles are the first railcars purchased by CTA in more than a decade since 2006. The first rail car prototypes are expected to be completed in 2019. This critical investment brings railcar manufacturing back to Chicago after a 50-year absence and continues to grow the Far Southeast Side’s booming manufacturing sector.
ann cuniff2019-08-29T21:23:58+00:00March 7th, 2019|
Ron Moultrie, senior advisor to Resolute CyberSecurity Strategies, was recently tapped by U.S. Navy Secretary Richard Spencer to oversee a review of the U.S. Navy’s cyber security. Ron is a former National Security Agency (NSA) Director of Operations and a member of CIA’s Senior Intelligence Service (SIS).
Ron is a member of Resolute’s CyberSecurity Advisory Team that provides CEOs and Boards with exceptional access to the most respected counsel on mission-critical cyber security issues and communications strategies.
Build South Central Campaign defeats light rail opposition
After months of high-stakes debate and disruption, Phoenix will build the $1 billion South Central Light Rail extension following the City Council’s 6-2 vote approving the project to move forward as planned.
This crucial win for light rail advocates was the result of a hard-fought public affairs campaign managed by Resolute Consulting. In just five weeks, Resolute launched the Build South Central Campaign. Our team partnered with the South Phoenix community, reenergized light rail supporters and waged an aggressive media relations effort to secure the council’s approval.
The 5.5 mile South Central line is the next stop in Phoenix’s $31.5 billion transportation plan and creates exceptional access for South Phoenix residents to the 26-mile light rail system. Phoenix voters approved the extension in 2015.
Resolute Vice President Lisa Fernandez appeared on the June 3 edition of Arizona’s Sunday Square Off on NBC 12, one of Arizona’s leading political shows. She has become a regular political commentator on the show.
“With so much at stake – locally and nationally – and election trends that continue to challenge political norms, Arizona is ground zero in American politics and campaigns. It is always an honor to appear on Sunday Square Off to offer my thoughts and try to help Arizona voters make sense of it all,” said Fernandez.
During the show, Fernandez provided thoughts and commentary on the current gubernatorial primary social media battlebetween Arizona Governor Doug Ducey’s spokesperson and their primary opponent over the future of U.S. Senate seat currently held by Senator John McCain’s seat.
She also offered assessments on two of Arizona’s top State House primary races.
Fernandez leads Resolute’s Phoenix office and is a rising public affairs and campaign leader.She was recognized earlier this year by the American Association of Political Consultants as one of the 40 best and brightest campaign professionals under 40 years old.