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Pre Conference Courses

These courses require separate registration and fees.

Pre Conference Course 1

Everything You Need to Know to Design a Successful Exercise

Saturday, Sept. 6, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 7, 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

$1495 per person

Presenter: Regina Phelps

Notice: Registration For This Course Is Closed

Learn from the exercise master, Regina Phelps, who conducts over 100 exercises a year. If you have a documented emergency plan but have not tested it, you might discover that your document is less than sufficient. There are really only two ways to find that out. One is to have an actual disaster; the other is to do an exercise. The latter is usually a better learning experience and is certainly a lot less stressful. This workshop details everything you need to do to design a successful exercise from the ground up. You will walk out of this workshop with a draft of your next exercise planned and a copy of Regina’s new book.

The workshop will cover:

  • Six types of exercises.

  • The exercise Design Team.

  • The exercise plan.

  • Creating exercise injects.

  • Developing A-V tools.

  • Selecting and training a Simulation Team.

  • Rules of exercise facilitation.

  • Writing the after-action report.

You will:

  • Participate in an advanced tabletop exercise.

  • Develop the outline for your own tabletop exercise.

  • Receive feedback on your exercise design.

  • Receive a copy of Phelps’ new book, From Response to Recovery –Everything You Need to Know to Create a Great Exercise.

Regina Phelps, CEM, RN, BSN, MPA, president, Emergency Management & Safety Solutions, is an internationally recognized thought leader in the field of emergency management, pandemic, and contingency planning.

Pre Conference Course 2

Advanced IT Disaster Recovery and Technology Resiliency Planning and Certification Workshop

Saturday, Sept. 6, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 7, 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

$1695 per person

Presenter: Sudhir Gadepalli

This workshop will examine the role of technology in facilitating business continuity (BC) and disaster recovery (DR) planning and develop strategies to build a strong, technology centric DR program. Key learning objectives include:

  • Examine the relationship between BC and DR planning.

  • How to develop a cost-effective and sustainable IT DR strategy.

  • Examine the differences between IT DR planning and IT Service Continuity Management.

  • How to develop an IT DR strategy that is fully aligned with the goals of your BC and enterprise resiliency program.

  • Detailed examination of cloud computing, virtualization, networking, data replication technologies, as well as when/how to use each technology.

  • In-depth review of proven IT recovery models, architectures and use case scenarios (recovery in the cloud, active/active data centers, co-location sites, and mobile recovery options).

Important information for workshop attendees:

  1. This workshop will primarily focus on advanced IT DR planning concepts within the realm of BC and DR planning. Familiarity with fundamental BC planning and IT is strongly recommended.

  2. As part of the certification process, certification candidates will review a use case and develop a comprehensive IT recovery strategy and architecture. Candidates will earn the “Certified IT Disaster Recovery Planner” credential after meeting exam objectives.

  3. Workshop participants must bring a portable computer with Microsoft Office 2007 (or higher), Microsoft Visio (2007 or higher), and a PDF reader. The workshop will consist of a number of exercises that will require editing Microsoft office documents.

For more information, please visit www.enterpriseresiliencyservices.com or call 614-286-2962.

Sudhir Gadepalli serves as the chief mentor and strategy officer of Enterprise Resiliency Services, a major BC/DR, risk management and resiliency services training and consulting firm.

Pre Conference Course 3

Critical Environments Technology Professional (TI 2050).

Saturday, Sept. 6, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 7, 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

$1495 per person

Presenter: Jim Nelson

Notice: Registration For This Course Is Closed

Learn how to align IT resources with business objectives, deliver relevant and reliable IT service, manage risk, and optimize operational efficiency. In addition, the course focuses on computing resources, data and data storage resources, and network and communication resources. The course concludes by exploring key infrastructure initiatives such as virtualization, clustering, cloud computing, mobility, big data, resiliency, green IT, and resource commoditization.

The CETP certification exam is offered at the conclusion of the course.

Contact Education@theicor.org for questions and if you’d like to receive your course materials by mail prior to class. Link for more information: http://www.theicor.org/courseinfo/CSILTI2050.html

Jim Nelson is the president of Business Continuity Services, Inc., a consulting firm. Nelson is also the founder and currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors for The International Consortium for Organizational Resilience (ICOR).

Pre Conference Course 4

IT/DRP/Certified Business Resilience IT Professional

Sat., Sept. 6, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Sun., Sept. 7, 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m

$1695 per person

Presenter: Rick Wellman

Today’s businesses rely heavily on a robust and resilient information technology (IT) and telecommunication infrastructure to deliver essential business services in order to meet company mission, objectives, and key targets. This dependence on information technology stems from several requirements and demands.

This CBRITP course teaches students how to develop, test, and maintain an IT disaster recovery plan for recovering IT and telecommunications systems and infrastructure in the event of a disaster or business disruption.

The workshop provides a comprehensive step-by-step IT disaster recovery plan development methodology, and presents key IT availability planning concepts and principles including continuous and high availability.

Students will learn various recovery techniques, strategies, and practical methods that will help them to build a robust and resilient technology support infrastructure and critical process recovery capability to ensure a fast and efficient recovery of business operations and mission-critical IT systems, applications, and data. Students will receive a workbook and take-home disaster recovery plan templates.Students may also take the optional multiple-choice CBRITP (Certified Business Resilience IT Professional) certification exam.

For more information on this course and outline, please visit

www.sentryx.com or call 1-800-869-8460.

Rick Wellman, a senior business continuity and resilience trainer and consultant for Sentryx, is a highly skilled subject matter expert with more than 25 years of training and consulting experience.

Pre Conference Course 5

Business Continuity Bootcamp

Saturday, Sept. 6, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 7, 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

$1200 per person

Presenters: Jean Rowe, Chris Turnbull

Notice: Registration For This Course Is Closed

The course will emphasize particular types of planning that are needed and processes involved, what has to be done to develop and implement a comprehensive business continuity management system and how to build business continuity teams inside the organization.

At the end of BCP Bootcamp, participants will go back to their organization with a clear action plan and a path forward to implement a successful BCM project plan.

The agenda will include:

  • Understanding and integrating enterprise risk management, life safety, crisis management, business process recovery, and IT disaster recovery plans

  • Drafting a BCM project plan

  • Developing the soft skills you need as a successful BC manager

  • Creating a successful BCM team and developing core skills

  • Supporting your own personal and professional development by becoming a better BCM manager and practitioner

Jean Rowe, MBCI, CDCP, CBCP, has more than 19 years’ experience in building and managing business continuity and crisis management programs for organizations including the World Bank Group, the International Monetary Fund, Verisign, Duke Energy, NationsBank (now Bank of America) and Williams Companies.

Chris Turnbull, MSC, CBCP, spent seven years with the World Bank Group’s Corporate Security and Business Continuity Team, where he was senior business continuity officer for global operations. In that role he traveled to more than 50 countries and trained more than 500 managers on key tenets of crisis management and business continuity in addition to helping his colleagues respond to business interruptions.

Earn up to 16 CEAPs by attending a Pre-Conference Course.