Office of the Spokesperson The U.S. Department of State’s Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC), managed by the Diplomatic Security Service, today awarded the 2020 Country Chapter Achievement Award to the Dublin Country Chapter in recognition of its excellent leadership, collaboration, and engagement in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic.
In 2020, the Dublin Country Chapter rapidly adapted their program of events to include expert-led webinars responding to the safety and security challenges of the virus, while working simultaneously to ensure specific sectors received the latest information. The steering committee, led by the Public Sector Co-Chair Kevin Gonzalez (Regional Security Officer for the U.S. Embassy) and the private sector Co-Chairs Brian Kirkpatrick (Director of International Security at Elavon Financial Services) and John Murphy (Head of Global Security Operations at Stripe), organized online events with experts from the U.S. Embassy and the private sector to enable the sharing of their experience and expertise on practical measures to ensure the safety of employees and business operations. After opening up its online events to chapters worldwide, OSAC Dublin also became a hub for information for organizations across Europe.
Established in 1985, OSAC is the country’s premier public-private partnership and collaborative network between the U.S. Department of State and private sector security professionals. It works to protect U.S. organizations and staff overseas through threat analysis, alerts, and peer network groups. OSAC supports 150 Country Chapters abroad, which are trusted networks comprised of public and private security professionals who regularly operate within that country. Members exchange up-to-date information related to security within the region.