Spring World 2018

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General Session 1

Clearing the Confusion on Industry Regulations

8:15 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.


There has been much confusion on new standards and regulations that are coming to the forefront in business continuity. One high profile debate is about the Title IX of US Public Law 110, proposed through the Department of Homeland Security. Numerous other rules and regulations are adding to the confusion in the industry. A DHS official will give us a thoughtful, insightful look at these regulations. He will bring a new perspective to how it affects business continuity planners and will help sort out the confusion over which way to turn. As a public official, his insight will enlighten the audience and provide a complete examination of the highs and lows of each proposal.

A DHS representative will lead this session. For national security reasons, the name and rank are not being released. The official will apply his years of experience to produce a motivating and enlightening presentation on the topic.

General Session 2

Enhancing Resiliency: The Journey Ahead

9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Ron Thompson, IBM

thompson-ron.jpgAs the volatility of the world continues to drive drastic change, the ability of a firm to protect its critical assets and provide continuous business operations has become increasingly more challenging.  A reactive approach no longer is sufficient, driving each of us to re-assess the way we plan, design, manage, and deliver the very services that support BC/DR efforts. Learn IBM’s strategy and vision of the future for enhanced resiliency.

This proactive approach will combine technological enhancements, improved systems management disciplines, automated control and operations, and evolving methodologies that will bring us closer to meeting availability objectives that are crucial to business survival.

Ron Thompson is director of service delivery for IBM Business Continuity and Resiliency Services (BCRS). Thompson has held this role since January of 2005.

General Session 3

The River is Rising in Cedar Rapids: A Case Study

10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
Regina Phelps / Chris Foster

phelps-foster.jpgWe all remember the vivid images of the water rising in Iowa. AEGON, one of the world’s largest life insurance and pension groups, has multiple operating divisions and the company’s US corporate headquarters in hard hit Cedar Rapids. The AEGON team provided response and recovery support to its employees and the community. Attend this fast-paced session to learn how the AEGON program provided for a win-win for the company and citizens of Cedar Rapids.

Regina Phelps, CEM, RN, BSN, MPA, is founder of Emergency Management & Safety Solutions, a consulting and training firm. Chris Foster is a lead business consultant with AEGON USA and has been acting director of emergency preparedness for the past 2 1/2 years.

Chris Foster is a lead business consultant with AEGON USA and has been acting director of emergency preparedness for the past 2 1/2 years.

General Session 4

Are Company Directors Under a Duty to Prepare for Pandemics?

8:15 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.
Joseph McMenamin

mcmenamin.jpgAre Company Directors Under a Duty to Prepare for Pandemics?

The Board of a publicly held corporation owes fiduciary duties to its shareholders. Under certain circumstances, a Board member who fails to fulfill those duties may be held liable for losses. They are required to exercise reasonable judgment in making informed decisions affecting the company’s interests and the value of its stock. Many experts believe that a pandemic is virtually inevitable. Should one occur, disruption of business, and increased costs, are highly likely, though impossible to quantify. We will address the question whether, and if so to what extent, a failure to prepare for a pandemic may expose directors to legal liability.

Joseph McMenamin is a partner in the Richmond, Virginia office of McGuireWoods, LLP. He is an attorney and a former emergency physician with an interest in medico-legal topics generally, and related litigation in particular.

General Session 5

The Future of Recovery

9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Stephen Buckus

buckus-stephen.jpgRecovery has evolved from mere reaction to environmental circumstance and day to day mishaps to a proactive strategic component of IT and business processes. The future holds hope of designing recovery right into the business process and IT application. How can you build cost efficiencies as you move data from a primary site to a recovery site? What does it take to keep applications from disparate systems in synch? Discover why scale and size do matter as businesses face additional pressures to go green, meet LEED requirements, stay compliant and control utility costs. Learn how to optimize your investment, help hedge lost opportunity and gain high value, while reducing RTOs and RPOs.

Stephen D. Buckus, vice president, operations, recovery services, SunGard Availability Services, has 27 years of IT experience. He is an expert in working with systems and facilities in high availability environments.

General Session 6

A Three Dimensional Model for Effective Crisis Leadership

10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
Robert Chandler, Ph.D

robert-chandler-pepperdine1.jpgWhat are the attributes of an effective crisis team leader? Dr. Chandler undertook a multi-year series of research studies to seek to define the characteristics, traits, skills, and abilities that are correlated with effective crisis leaders. Learn from his research as well as hear a summative conceptual model for analyzing crisis leadership. This presentation will be informative for anyone who is interested in gaining better understanding of what constitutes effective leaders during crises, disasters, and emergencies. Participants will gain knowledge that can be applied when selecting, training, developing, and assessing crisis leaders.

Robert Chandler, Ph.D. is the director of the Nicholson School of Communication at the Univ. of Central Florida. He is an accomplished researcher with nearly 200 academic and professional papers

General Session 7

Accredited Certification complying with DHS Voluntary Preparedness Program

8:15 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.
Scott Richter

richter-s.jpgThis presentation will show the participant an understandable outline of the processes involved for an organization to obtain an accredited certification meeting a requirements standard which conforms with public Law 110-53 Title IX Section 524. At the time of this synopsis, DHS has not yet named the voluntary standard (or standards) which might be used to meet this voluntary preparedness program. Some examples of standards currently under discussion are NFPA 1600, BS25999, and ISO/PAS 22399,

Scott Richter’s recent work has been with the United States’ national accreditation body, the ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Body (ANAB) headquartered in Milwaukee, WI. This body provides oversight for management systems. He is responsible for representing USA interests at international groups writing various normative standards.

General Session 8

DR on a Dime: How to Leverage the Leading, Cutting, and Bleeding Edge of Technology on the Cheap!

9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Ben Weinberger

bweinberger.jpgEnsuring your business’ survivability should not be dependent upon the size of your budget; realistically, though, managers are being asked to do more with less funding. Through some creative and informed decisions, your DR budget can be maximized. While keeping an eye on the bottom line, we will discuss solutions that improve disaster recovery and high availability utilizing proven and “on the cusp” technologies, while also touching-on what to expect in the not-too-distant future. this session will explore best practices for a distributed organization and explore more cost effective methods of backup and recovery

Ben Weinberger is CIO for Lathrop & Gage, LLC. His technical skills include expertise in applications, infrastructures, database design and management, and telecommunications systems.

General Session 9

Business Speak and Risk: The Supply Chain Connection

10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
Barry Pruitt

pruitt_008.jpgMany organizations, in developing BC plans, weigh heavily on the impact of an IT disruption. Clearly, there are numerous other potential business interruptions that could prove costly, even fatal, to the business. One potential interruption is supply chain interruption.The cornerstone of “Business Speak” is in understanding the whole picture. While the CIO is highly concerned with the exposure created by an IT interruption, the COO is equally concerned with the exposure created by a supply chain interruption. Learn to speak to all your senior leadership in this session.

Barry Pruitt is president of Pinnacle Business Concepts Inc, an organization specializing in comprehensive business continuity planning.