On Tuesday, March 7th the UCIPD Emergency Management Division traveled up to Culver City to meet with Sony Pictures Global Security, Crisis & Emergency Management Team to learn how they protect their enterprise from natural and human-caused hazards worldwide. The meeting included a tour of both Sony’s Global Security Operations Center (G-SOC) & Emergency Operations Center (EOC). There were best practices shared between the two entities in regards to how each (UCI & Sony Pictures) prepares for, responds to and recovers from disasters discussing emergency management and business continuity. One of the most beneficial conversations throughout the day was the information shared by the Global Security Team regarding the 2014 state-sponsored cyber hack on Sony Pictures and the extent of damage to which the corporation has still not yet recovered from. This discussion was particularly relevant for the UCI emergency management team as Cyberterrorism is now ranked within the top five threats to the university following the most recent Hazard Vulnerability Assessment (HVA) that was completed at the end of last year. Sony’s team was kind enough to squeeze in a tour of the studio campus as well for the UCI staff as seen in the picture with the original Ghostbusters ride (Ectomobile or ECTO-1). Overall, a great day and unique opportunity to partner with a private-sector entity for mutual benefit as it relates to preparedness programming. UCIPD Emergency Management plans to host Sony’s team on campus for a tour at the end of March to reciprocate the hospitality.