Sunday Workshops

Sunday Workshop Sessions Sunday, September 23, 2018: 1:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Sunday Workshop Session 1

Birds of a Feather:
Business Continuity Roundtable Discussions

Sunday, September 23, 2018
1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Robbie Atabaigi, Jack Henry and Associates
Frank Lady, Bank of America
Lisa Smallwood, HP
Lamar Poppell, Jack Henry and Associates


Join this session to participate in a conversation with other conference attendees about key topics and areas of interest. This forum allows participants to explore solutions, address concerns, ask pressing questions, and discuss BC planning activities. This is a great opportunity to build relationships with other planners in similar situations.

The Birds of a Feather workshop provides a structured approach with experienced BC professionals facilitating each table. This format provides the flexibility to explore specific areas of interest or pressing issues.
Potential Topics: recent events, risk assessment and BIA, BCM exercises and testing, and other topics selected by participants.

Robbie Atabaigi, MBCI, MBCP, CISA , ITIL Foundation – KPMG LLP
Industry Roundtable Facilitators:
Frank Lady, MBCI, CISSP, CRISC, PMP, ITIL – Bank of America
Lisa Smallwood, MBCI, CBCLA, ITIL – HP
Lamar Poppell, MBCI, PMP, Six Sigma


Sunday Workshop Session 2

GDPR Compliance – Using NIST SP 800-53 Information Security Controls

Sunday, September 23, 2018
1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Bobby Williams, Conduent, Inc.

Bobby Williams

Attend this session to get a “jump” on the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the implications on your organization. This workshop will discuss the GDPR “Articles” relating to Information Security and how the NIST SP 800-53 (rev 4) can be used to demonstrate compliance. The workshop will be hands-on and interactive. The material covered will not be proprietary or vendor centric.

Outlining and identifying who needs to be concerned about compliance with GDPR and what your company should be doing to meet compliance will be discussed.

Most of the time will be spent looking at the correlation of the GDPR articles and the NIST controls.

About Bobby Williams
Bobby Williams works for Conduent, Inc as an Information Security Officer.


Sunday Workshop Session 3

People Not Paper: Resiliency Begins With Training

Sunday, September 23, 2018
1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Phil Lambert, Ripcord

Phil Lambert

Join us in this HANDS-ON workshop and be armed with a well-organized approach to the diversity of training types and delivery models for an effective and efficient training strategy. Learn what a training strategy looks like, how content will drive what type of training works best and learn to make training stick by delivering engaging content with just the right balance of information, instruction, and entertainment.

The crucial component of a well-prepared and resilient organization is that their people understand the “why,” “what,” and “how” they contribute to recovery.
Learn how to utilize experiential training (i.e. exercises), maximize the learning experience, and (most importantly) measure the results.

About Phil Lambert
Phil Lambert is the Founder & Program Architect of Ripcord Solutions.

Sunday Workshop Session 4

Work-At-Home ... Work Area Recovery Strategy Workshop

Sunday, September 23, 2018
1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Barney F. Pelant, Barney F. Pelant & Associates, LLC

Barney Pelant

Work-at-home is fast becoming a predominate strategy for work area recovery. How did this happen and is it a viable long term recovery strategy? Is it applicable to all areas of your work force or is it a faux panacea for not investing in the real recovery needs of your organization?

We will begin by acquiring background knowledge about our organization to understand our regulatory, legal, business, and operating requirements, risks and issues for employees to work remotely. Using this information we will develop the requisite elements of our Work-at-Home Program, including:

  • A Work Area Selection process to identify those job functions suitable for work-at-home
  • An Employee Assessment process to identify those employees we should permit the opportunity to work-at-home
  • Work-at-Home Policies that are objective and consider the needs of both the employer and employee for the employee to work-at-home
  • The robust technical support that we will need to enable a viable Work-at-Home Program

We will focus on the best means of validating the viability of our program for both normal operations and as a workplace recovery strategy before we implement it. This will include Table Top, Onsite and Off-site exercises.

About Barney Pelant
Mr. Pelant is owner and manager of Barney F. Pelant & Associates, LLC.

Sunday Workshop Session 5

MOCK Disaster Exercise

Sunday, September 23, 2018
1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Bob Mellinger, Attainium

Attainium Corp.

This MOCK will focus on how you, acting as the members of the Crisis Management Team, will guide a fictional organization through an ever-evolving crisis situation. The life cycle of this crisis ranges from dealing with life safety & security issues, to communicating to both internal & external audiences, and then on through the challenges of resuming business operations. Your challenge as a team member is to identify and execute your priorities at each point while the scenario is unfolding. Do your priorities change or are the properly identified? Are these priorities truly the basis for your decisions?

Participants will work through the exercise in small groups. Engaging with their tablemates to address the issues and deal with the challenges in near real-time. A debriefing will be conducted once the scenario has concluded. It’s easy to know what you should have done after the crisis ends.

Takeaways include enhancing your crisis management skills, determining upgrades to your inhouse planning and awareness programs, and identifying other methods for conducting tabletop exercises. If you are new to the industry, be prepared to learn. If you are an experienced professional, share - you might just learn something.

By now you are asking, what is the scenario? Disaster, by definition, is “a sudden event, such as an accident or a natural catastrophe, that causes great damage or loss of life.” In order to learn how to handle one, it must truly be “sudden.” And in this exercise, it will.

Participate in this MOCK Disaster Exercise, which is reminiscent of those extraordinary exercises that have gone before it.

About Bob Mellinger
Bob Mellinger, CBCV, is the founder and president of Attainium Corp., which he launched to deliver business continuity, emergency preparedness and crisis management services.

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