Spring World 2015

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Volume 27, Issue 4

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Breakout Track 1 (Monday 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.)

Strategic Session 1

Moving Forward in Contingencies: Toyota's Tale of Tsunami Preparedness


Chris Barbour, Toyota

speakers-044Being able to communicate with associates, business partners and sites is fundamental to Toyota's emergency response and recovery programs. Following the devastating earthquake in Japan, Toyota found itself faced with the aftermath and bracing for a potentially dangerous tsunami along the U.S. West Coast. For its Torrance, California-based headquarters, this meant activating its business continuity plans. Attendees will learn the knowledge and experience gained throughout this volatile situation. Discover the automaker's best practices for moving forward in contingencies, potentially improving the crisis communications strategies of their respective organizations.

Chris Barbour, senior administrator, emergency planning and response for Toyota, is responsible for managing Toyota's National CERT program, emergency operations center and disaster communications strategies across the U.S. and Puerto Rico.

Managerial Session 1

Scorecards and Metrics for Management Reporting


Ray Mach, Kroger

speakers-045Effective management reporting can go a long way in obtaining the support needed for your program and to aid in obtaining resources to get things done.  Having reports that are actual Key Performance Indicators (KPI) can help you in managing your overall program.  If you establish good controls, these can be an excellent source for management reporting and dashboards. By understanding how program activities are addressing key risks, your controls can become the reporting that is used at lower levels and also helps senior management understand where key risks exist and what is needed to remediate them.

Ray Mach has guided many improvements to BC programs. These improvements helped standardize BC and IT DR plans, improved the efficiency of BIA processes, and established a complete training curriculum.


Technical Session 1

Getting Ahead of the IT Curve With Business Resilience in the Cloud


Richard Cocchiara, IBM

speakers-018With the advent of the cloud, the business resilience capabilities of many companies took a monumental leap forward. Capabilities once reserved for large corporations are now within the grasp of small and medium sized companies. But to really achieve resilience and reduce the potential impact of events takes real planning and foresight. Learn the process for evaluating IT risk, how to develop a progressive business resilience architecture, how cloud based technologies and services will change how a company delivers business resilience and how active risk analytics canhelp a company get ahead of the risk curve

Richard Cocchiara is an IBM distinguished engineer and the chief technology officer for business continuity and resiliency services in IBM Global Services, specializing in helping customers drive higher business resiliency in order to realize increased business availability.

Emergency Response Session 1

February 22, 2011 Disaster Strikes Christchurch, New Zealand


Murray Mills, NZ Ministry of Health

Sam Stahl, EMC Consulting

speakers-047speakers-048On February 22, 2011, a 6.3 magnitude earthquake strikes the metropolitan city of Christchurch, New Zealand. Already recovering from an earthquake in 2010, in excess of 160 lives are lost, the area is devastated, two thirds of the city is inundated with sewage, and there are widespread utility failures. Learn New Zealand's efforts in preparing for crisis's such as earthquakes, the impact of the two earthquakes, immediate response efforts and ongoing recovery and cleanup efforts.

Murray Mills is a regional emergency management advisor for the Central Region for NZ Ministry of Health.

Sam Stahl, CBCP, is program manager, EMC Consulting. His experiences include BC, DR, COOP, and emergency response planning for a number of organizations.

Advanced Session 1

BCM: Road to Resiliency


Ramesh Warrier - eBRP

speakers-049All organizations face risks. Exposure to risks can lead to a drop in productivity, decreased cost effectiveness, reduced quality, damaged reputations, and lost earning potential. Your risk management effort should focus on identifying vulnerabilities and prioritizing mitigation efforts based on both perceived consequences and cost-benefit analyses. A resiliency-centric approach focuses on understanding business objectives: what the organizations must achieve through its resiliency program. Learn how a resiliency-centric approach can help you create a truly viable and sustainable BCM program for your organization.

Ramesh M. Warrier, director, is the chief visionary and conceptualist behind the eBRP brand. Since graduating from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT / Kanpur), Warrier has accumulated more than 27 years of experience in various technology industry roles, more than 12 of which have been in business continuity and disaster recovery planning.

Information Session 1

Communications During A Catastrophic Event


Michael Echols, NCS

speakers-050This presentation will focus on the history, mission, and current activities of the National Communications System. Learn the NCS offerings, specifically focusing on the priority service programs and how they can provide critical assistance during emergency or disaster scenarios. The NCS's mission is to assist the Executive Office of the President with national security and emergency preparedness communications management, planning, response, and recovery. The NCS accomplishes this mission by leading both steady-state planning and emergency response efforts. The NCS plays a critical role in ensuring first responders and key organizations and individuals have communications access during emergencies.

Michael Echols, chief of the National Communications System, holds responsibility for developing, and coordinating the Presidential advisory and sector partnership initiatives, policy issuances, and assessments to reduce risk to the communications sector.