Breakout Session - Track 2
(Choose one session from each track. )
Monday, March 31, 2008 - 2:45 - 3:45 p.m.
Strategic Session 2
DRJ and Forrester BC/DR Market Study: The State of DR Preparedness
the current state of enterprise disaster recovery preparedness. The
results from the Disaster Recovery Journal and Forrester’s First Annual
BC/DR Market Study will be reviewed in this session. Coverage will
include: Company practices regarding DR planning, plan maintenance and
testing; The percentages of companies that have alternate recovery
sites; Current recovery tiers and technology selection; Company
confidence in their DR preparations and more. The conclusion will
provide an overall assessment of current DR preparedness efforts and
provide recommendations and suggestions for improving preparedness.
Stephanie Balaouras primarily contributes to Forrester’s offerings for IT infrastructure and operations professionals. She is a leading expert in how companies build resilient IT infrastructures to support key business initiatives.
Managerial Session 2
Helping Others Along The Way: Creating Partnerships
company has a good BC program, but is that enough? What happens to a
community during a significant and/or widespread event? If government
agencies are overwhelmed, who comes to the aid of the average citizen
or business? Hurricane Katrina was a great example of how our
not-for-profit community is critical to the recovery of an impacted
region. What are not-for-profit organizations doing to prepare? What
can the private sector do to reach out and make a real difference? Are
there opportunities for partnerships to make our entire society more
resilient? This innovative session will share trends in BCP to partner
with this sector, and discuss how your company can help!
Regina Phelps has more than 26 years of experience. She is founder of Emergency Management & Safety Solutions, a consulting and training firm.
Jeff Fish has more than 15 years experience in operations management, and is vice president of executive office at United Way of the Bay Area in San Francisco.
Technical Session 2
Winning with a Secure Network and Data Storage Environment
today are facing ever increasing amounts of data generation. IT
departments are feeling challenged to ensure it is available when
needed, and at the same time are pressured by budgetary constraints.
Remote access is becoming more of a norm. As a result, more and more
business are considering on-line backup to secure and protect their
most important data. Managed storage and data protection will be top 10
picks for storage in 2008. But with so many choices, it is hard to know
exactly what can and should be done to prepare for the inevitable. This
session will enable you to be on top of what you need to do to ensure
your organization is prepared.
Mark Steinberg is director of business development, senior member of the technical staff for Hill Associates, Inc. He has spent more than 25 years in the business of technology as it continues to undergo profound and dramatic changes.
Emergency Response Session 2
Maximizing the Table-Top Experience with “Serious Games”
games” are being used to train war-fighters, first responders, and
incident response teams. They are the perfect training tool for high
intensity, hands-on-action situations. These tools are so effective
because they are totally engaging. The brain’s learning capacity peaks
when a strong attitude of caring fuels the effort. This session will
show what the FBI has been doing recently to apply serious game
technology to continuity of operations.
Kevin Haslag is the IT COOP program manager in the FBI’s Office of the CIO. He has had a long career in the FBI IT organization, and has been leading the IT COOP program since its beginning.
Advanced Session 2
Partnering for Continuity: From Process to Plan to Program
a BC program can be a daunting task. This case study describes a
successful partnering approach to formalizing existing processes,
defining enterprise and department BC plans, and creating an
organizational emergency management program. Ultimate Software
completed a multi-phase EM project and partnered with external
resources to help achieve their goals. Learn the phases of the project
and highlight key elements. Also examined will be the existing
foundation within the organization and how the project was managed,
from the original vision statement to the ongoing maintenance of the EM
program. In addition, we’ll review the key steps, critical milestones
and evolution of how the BC/DR activities were developed, documented,
John K. McCarthy is a process management consultant at Learning Advantages.
Marilyn Almanza is the PMO enterprise director at Ultimate Software.
Betty L. Boudreaux, CSP, is a loss control department manager at Chubb Group of Insurance Companies.
Information Session 2
H5N1 Influenza: It’s Not Just For The Birds. Medical Management of an Influenza Pandemic
influenza pandemic is perhaps the biggest public health threat that we
face in the coming decade yet many people tell me that they are fed up
hearing about it. Public attention on this has faded over time and
businesses have moved onto other problems. The problem is that the
virus hasn’t gotten tired nor has it slowed its rate of mutation or
spread. We will review the latest developments of the H5N1 influenza
virus and discuss the major medical issues you will face during a
pandemic. We will review government guidance, discuss anti-viral and
vaccine strategies and explore workplace infection control methods that
can help reduce the impact of this disease on your business
Stuart Weiss is a nationally recognized expert in the field of disaster preparedness and the medical consequences of manmade and natural disasters. He is a founding partner of MedPrep Consulting Group.