Spring World 2018

Conference & Exhibit

Attend The #1 BC/DR Event!

Winter Journal

Volume 30, Issue 4

Full Contents Now Available!


DRJ has arranged for pre- and post-conference courses to add to the learning opportunities. For information on DRII courses, click here.

These intense classes offer additional learning time before or after the conference starts/ends! Separate registration and fees apply. Earn up to 16 CEUs per class by attending a pre- conference or post-conference course.

Post-Conference Workshops

  • POC-1: EOC: The Critical Tool ($875)
  • POC-2: Leadership in Disasters ($595)
  • POC-3: IT/DR Planning/CBRITP ($1100/$990)
  • POC-4: BC Planning Made Simple ($795)
  • POC-5: Seven Steps to BCP ($795)
  • POC-6: Best Practices/BIA ($795)
  • POC-7: Ready, Set, Exercise ($795)
  • POC-8: 4 Steps for Plan Maint. ($695/$545)

POC-1: EOC: The Critical Tool for Event Management
Wed., April 2, 1:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Thurs., April 3, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
$875 per person
Presenter: Regina Phelps

An Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is critical for effective management of an event. It allows for command, control, and communication, and also helps to prevent the formation of “silos” that commonly develop in an emergency environment. This workshop covers everything you need to know to design both the center and the management concept.

• Physical design factors
• Incident Command System
• Equipment and tools
• Who should be involved?
• Sustained operations
• Communication concerns and solutions
• Role of senior management
• Forms and processes
• Virtual EOCs

Regina Phelps is an internationally recognized expert in the field of emergency management and contingency planning. She is founder of Emergency Management & Safety Solutions, a consulting and training firm.

POC-2: Leadership in Disasters: BC Practitioner’s Guide
to Senior Management Support

Wed., April 2, 1:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Thurs., April 3, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
$595 per person
Presenter: Dr. Tom Phelan

Six reasons senior management needs to support BC/DR. Learn why management involvement in BC/DR is critical to the success of critical incident management. Roles of senior management in support of BC/DR will be presented. An excellent course for practitioners and/or managers.
The course includes:

1. Incident Command
2. Crisis Communications
3. Emergency Policies
4. Exercise Program Design
5. Business Units and Business Continuity Planning
6. Assessment, Evaluation, and Improvement Plans

Dr. Thomas D. Phelan, president, Strategic Teaching Associates, Inc., is a founding member of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

POC–3: IT/DRP/Certified Business Resilience IT Professional
Wed., April 2, 1:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Thurs., April 3, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Fri., April 4, 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
DRJ Attendee Fee: $990 (also applies to Govt./multiple enrollment)
Non-Conference Fee: $1100

Lunch on Thursday is included in fee.
Presenter: Rick Wellman

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. 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.

POC-4: BC Planning Made Simple
Wed., April 2, 1:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Thurs., April 3, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
$795 per person
Presenters: Norm Harris, CBCP
Tracy Cowan, CBCP

Since 9/11 what are we most worried about? Network Security? Physical Security? Terrorist Threats? Loss of Critical Staff? Power Outages? Natural Disasters? This interactive class will teach the student everything he/she needs to know to get started on their DR/BCP. Bring your laptop to this class and we will provide you with a CD full of resources, forms and questionnaires to utilize.

The following will be covered:
• Risk Assessments Questionnaires
• Network Security Questionnaires
• Development of Business Processes
• Recovery Time Objectives
• Time Lines for Recovery
• Development of DR/BCP Teams
• Impact on Operations

During the class the instructors will assist you with your DR/BC plan and insure you have all the tools you need. Come to this class for one-on-one training, but register early. Space is limited.

Norm Harris, CBCP, Certified Recovery Planner, is chairman, president and CEO of Norman L. Harris & Assc.
Tracy Lee Cowan, CBCP, CRP is business continuity/disaster recovery consultant for ICSI Consulting Services, Inc.

POC - 5: Seven Steps to Comprehensive BC Program
Wed., April 2, 1:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Thurs., April 3, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
$795 per person
Presenter: Randall Till, CBCP

It’s one thing to have a business continuity program in place. It’s quite another to implement it. Learn how to identify risks, avoid common pitfalls and implement your BCP so that emergency response and recovery plan execution go according to plan. To help ensure the success of your company’s program, you’ll leave this class with a firm foundation in the seven steps towards a comprehensive BCP implementation. In addition, you’ll be provided with numerous examples, practical experiences and real-life solutions necessary for a successful program.
Participants will learn the concepts and techniques needed to evaluate their current BCP strengths and weaknesses while gaining insights to better assess risks and determine impacts associated with business disruptions. Additionally, special emphasis is placed on recovery exercises, recovery readiness evaluation, and reporting results to executive management. Both experienced planners and newcomers to the field will benefit from this workshop.

Randall Till, CBCP, is a senior business leader at MasterCard Worldwide where he is responsible for developing and implementing an enterprise-wide business continuity management program.

POC-6: Best Practices and the BIA
Wed., April 2, 1:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Thurs., April 3, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Friday, April 4, 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (consultations)
$795 per person
Presenters: Barry Pruitt
Michael Herrera, CBCP

This technical workshop is a hands-on consultative approach of leading participants through the BIA process. You’ll gain cutting edge material including best practices from around the world. Learn:

• Through BIA interview, data collection, & executive summary exercises
• How to complete a BIA – start to finish!
• Tips, traps, and pitfalls in a BIA
• Suggested BIA tools and approaches
• How to identify risks and leverage results
• Advice on how to best “sell” the BIA
• How to identify your audience
• Where the BIA “fits” in the BCP process

Take home participant workbook, BIA sample questionnaire, sample executive summary, and all presentation materials on disk. Participants also get consultation on their personal BIA – and each participant gets a free DVD copy of Interview Samples for the BIA.
Note: The workshop concludes Thursday at 5:00 p.m. Bring your personal BIA and/or questions to schedule a FREE private consultation on Friday morning.

Barry Pruitt has 22 years experience managing major projects, teaches at USC school of business, and has experienced a major business interruption.
Michael Herrera, CBCP, is the president/CEO of MHA Consulting Inc., has more than 16 years BCP consulting and training experience, and has first hand experience dealing with four major disasters.

POC - 7: Ready, Set, Exercise: The Full Monty!
Wed., April 2, 1:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Thurs., April 3, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
$795 per person
Presenter: Steven B. Goldman

This course is the comprehensive version of Steve Goldman’s “Ready, Set, Exercise!” workshop. During this hands-on class, you will learn the details of how to set up and conduct a successful crisis plan exercise.

• Where to begin
• Types of Exercises
• Getting Management support
• Steve’s Exercise Planning Checklist
• The Exercise Design Team
• 100+ ideas for scenarios
• Developing your Exercise Manual
• How to conduct and critique the Exercise
• Includes a CD of all forms and templates presented in class.

Attendees will become skilled at the exercise development process. We will also develop a custom exercise timeline. Then we will practice what you learned as we participate in a table top drills and a simulated exercise.

Steven Goldman is a leading crisis management and BCP consultant and former global BCP manager for a Fortune 500 company.

POC-8: Four Steps for Plan Maintenance and Training
Wed., April 2, 1:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Thurs., April 3, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
$695 per person; $545 if taking both Spring 08 Binomial courses
Presenter: Skip Williams

BONUS: Binomial’s Phoenix Software Suite Included!

Let Binomial walk you through the maintenance phase of your recovery plan. We’ll take you from “Great! We’ve got a plan” to “Great! We’ve got a plan and it works!” in four easy steps.
Using the four final steps of the Disaster Recovery Journal’s Generally Accepted Practices, Binomial draws on 25 years of real life experience to improve your methods and results.
The class uses Binomial’s highly successful Phoenix software. The software is yours to keep at the end of class.
Bundle the class with the Binomial Pre-conference class to learn all ten Best Practices Steps and save $300! Must attend both pre- and post Binomial courses at Spring World 08 to be eligible for the discount.
For more information about Binomial or the DRJ’s Generally Accepted Practices go to www.Binomial.com or call 888-BINOMIAL

Skip Williams has been working in the disaster recovery and business continuity field since the late ‘90s when he started in the consulting and training branch of Binomial International.