Seasoned

What are the best conference events to attend?

DRJ of course!

~ Beth Epstein, MA, CBCP, MBCI

While Beth is technically correct, I'd like to expand on her answer just a little. The DRJ conference is the largest gathering of Business Continuity Professionals in the world. That type of attendance carries some advantages in having industry leading speakers, access to some of the most sought after vendors and excellent facilities. An opportunity to network with some of the industry's thought leaders and get face to face time to help address some of the issues you encounter all make the DRJ conference one of the best values in the industry.

~ Patrick Ridder, MBCP, MBCI, CHPCP  
ISO 22301 Lead Auditor

I want to work in Emergency Management in some manner. How can I get started?

I suggest looking into the FEMA Independent Study Courses.
https://training.fema.gov/is/

~ Stacie J Herzog, CBCP, MBCI

Each state maintains a website with information about your Emergency Management Association.  The home page will provide you with information about Events, Online Training classes and various links that will help you gain an understanding of your state requirements.  In addition, view the FEMA website for valuable information about the Federal Emergency Management Association and classes that are available to expand your knowledge in this field.

~ Colleen Huber, CBCP,MBCI,CBRM
Manager, BCP & IT Development

My company is considering building a new data center. I may be assigned as the project lead-HELP!

Take a deep breath - you'll do great!

~ Stacie J Herzog, CBCP, MBCI

I live in the (major metropolitan) area and I have trouble getting approval for travel to conferences. Are there any local groups or chapters in my area you would suggest?

Check out the Association of contingency Planners, and look for local chapters. http://www.acp-international.com/
http://www.acp-international.com/

~ Beth Epstein, MA, CBCP, MBCI

Can you provide some ideas on a career path in the data center operations profession?

As a former Data Center Manager, I can say that the Data Center Operations role is often seen as an entry level position. And while there are portions of the job that can be considered routine, the position is often undervalued. Working in DC Ops requires a broad understanding of an organizations technical portfolio. What apps do you use? What hardware does it run on? Honestly evaluate your knowledge in each of those areas and begin building on your current foundation. It also doesn't hurt to get to know the team sitting in that role. Tour the facility whenever possible and make sure they know who you are and your interest in becoming a member of the team. Perseverance can occasionally compensate for a slight lack of experience.

~ Patrick Ridder, MBCP, MBCI, CHPCP  
ISO 22301 Lead Auditor

Can you provide some ideas on a career path in the business continuity management profession?

You've phrased this question suggesting that a "formal" career path actually exists. By comparison to many professional responsibilities, Business Continuity Management or BCM is relatively new. Many of us in this role just weren't smart enough to say no. Seriously though, speaking for myself, I tended to be the guy that would do whatever no one else wanted to do. I took on unpleasant tasks which provided me a great background in turnaround management. Making poorly producing departments successful. Writing policy, interacting with upstream and downstream neighbors and developing a broad understanding of your organization all help in moving you toward a role in this field. And don't overlook the training that's available. Find your local ACP Chapter and become a member. Network yourself and find a mentor. Stay focused and be tenacious, all qualities you'll need to be successful in your chosen role.

~ Patrick Ridder, MBCP, MBCI, CHPCP
ISO 22301 Lead Auditor

 

I have been hearing a lot about ISO certifications and my manager asked me to do some research on the topic. What are the benefits of pursuing a certification for the organization? Which certifications are the most recognized?

This is a tough one.  Make the effort to research what is involved with ISO certification and investigate why the organization is considering certification.  Audit?  Reputation?  Bragging rights?  Insurance?

~ Beth Epstein, MA, CBCP, MBCI

Organizational certifications indicate that you've taken all the necessary steps to embrace an industry standard. An organization making a commitment to this depth has taken the necessary steps to help ensure their commitment will outlast the individual contributers or management. To Beth's point, you should also understand WHY you're considering certification first. Once you're ready to commit, the standards align with specific disciplines within an organization. Areas such as BCM, Data Security, Supply Chain and others all have specific standards that can provide certification options. The International Standards Organization (ISO) is well recognized and provides (for a fee) comprehensive and well documented standards for consideration.

~ Patrick Ridder, MBCP, MBCI, CHPCP
ISO 22301 Lead Auditor

 

What conferences do you see as the best learning and networking experience for my career in business continuity?
  • DRJ (http://www.drj.com/)
  • Continuity Insights (http://www.continuityinsights.com)
  • CPM (http://contingencyplanning.com)

~ Beth Epstein, MA, CBCP, MBCI

DRJ

~ Stacie J Herzog, CBCP, MBCI

What certifications do you see as the most valuable to my career in information security?

The most popular site for certification is http://www.isaca.org

~ Beth Epstein, MA, CBCP, MBCI

What certifications do you see as the most valuable to my career in business continuity?

The BCI offers the Certificate of the BCI (CBCI). This entry-level of certified Membership of the BCI, can be achieved by studying for and passing the CBCI Exam. This is ideal for professionals seeking a certification in business continuity. This is more than just certification though as it gives you access to a wide range of resources as well as CPD and mentoring programms, local chapters & forums, discounts and other value adding benefits.  www.thebci.org

~ Bob Arnold, MBCI(hon)

The most popular site for certification is https://drii.org

~ Beth Epstein, MA, CBCP, MBCI