Last year at this time I told you of the family hunting lodge, losing a cousin in the woods and applying our disciplines to declare an issue with his return. As you may remember, we found him six and half hours later, very tired; but safe. We discussed the lessons learned and application in our own lives as we prepare for the change of seasons. I am here today to let you know it’s a whole new season and things have changed. No problems this year with navigation, everyone returned safe. Another fact; no snow or game this year, as of yet, last year’s total was 179 inches, (and no game). Why would you care? Well, that column brought more personal responses from you than any other I have written. I am not sure if it is the personal touch, the intrigue, or exactly why, but I thought another column about what PPBI is doing and why may affect you in the same manner, so here are some of the activities we have planned for the near future.
Many of you are familiar with the mission of PPBI to bridge the gap between private and public entities and planning together for better results, sharing resources and understanding each other’s capabilities. One of the resources the board of directors brings to you is the opportunity to join us for one of our sessions (workshops or classes) at the DRJ conferences. On the board we have a boatload of talent and our advisory board is also loaded with experience. They bring backgrounds from all of our disciplines and they do so voluntarily. I would recommend you get to know them all, they are the experts! You can find them at our website www.ppbi.org.
To expand on this I will tell you about our two offerings at the DRJ Spring World conference in Orlando, Fla. This is in addition to the PPBI booth where we try and meet each of you with a smile and offer examples of partnerships that work. For a number of years we have hosted and presented a workshop on incident management with a twist. We have condensed one of our classroom presentations and work with you on incident response through examples and exercise. The value add for this includes the PPBI Incident Management Plan Maturity Model, based upon the NFPA 1600 standard. This maturity model is available on our website, however the opportunity for you to share PPBI “experts” advice, includes a room full of your peers, working from the same perspective. A real bonus, practical and also a lot of fun! This workshop: SWS-5 Workshop: Incident Management Plan Assessment is scheduled Sunday afternoon 3/25 from 1:30-4:30 p.m. Please join us!
The second offering is also very special and delivered by an expert. When I say that, I mean of course one of the premier partners of PPBI is ICOR the resiliency authority. ICOR President Lynnda Nelson is arguably the most influential and experienced source of information on PS-Prep or as the parlance goes private sector preparedness. Lynnda has presented at numerous venues around the country and has developed with the help of PPBI and ICOR a half day class POC-5: Everything You Wanted To Know About PS-Prep. It is being offered the final day of the conference March 28 from 1:30-5 p.m. This is the second time PPBI has delivered this level of detail on what it takes to bring your business or you individually into compliance against the standards for PS-Prep. At the inaugural presentation in San Diego, last fall Lynnda took us on a wonderful journey of her experiences and hazards in developing this presentation and offered her keen perspective on exactly what it takes to attain and maintain compliance.
If you have never been to one of PPBI’s presentations, I think you will be surprised at the intimacy of the experience. PPBI and all their instructors are keenly interested and driven to give you the best interactive session possible. When the first class was complete, one of the attendees leaned back in his chair and exclaimed to all, “This is exactly what I needed and wanted. You came through.” So if you are in need of an overview on the history of the program; how your company or organization is likely to be impacted; how to go about getting your organization certified; an understanding the PS-PREP standards (ASIS SPC.1-2009, BS 25999-2:2007, NFPA 1600) and the interrelationships with other controlled examinations such as SAS70, FFIEC and other examination standards and how a small business becomes certified. This class is for you! Please join us and expect to take away an understanding of the basics of the three new standards that measure business continuity program effectiveness; and copies of each for your use; how you can prepare your organization for the audit process for PS-Prep certification; and a customizable PS-Prep presentation to share this information with your senior management team.
I hope you find this information from PPBI useful and it helps in planning your experience in Orlando should you join us in March. Even if you are not attending, please check the web site www.ppbi.org for the items I mentioned above and as always, let us know how we are doing, and how we can help you.
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Deidrich E. Towne Jr., MBCP,is a senior technical consultant for Hewlett Packard and chairperson of the PPBI Board of Directors. Towne has more than 40 years of experience in information technology committed to infrastructure management, business continuity planning, disaster recovery and incident management in the areas of consulting, business process re-design, project management, project implementation, documentation, exercise design, execution and training. He has transitioned from a business and industry first responder role to assist clients in assessing, designing and implementing recovery solutions for their data centers, networks and mission critical business processes.