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Volume 30, Issue 4

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Strategic Session 2

DR Formulae: Qualitative and Quantitative Risk Assessment

Jim Byrom, CBCP

jim-byrom.jpgUltimately in any business, whether government or private industry, the bills must be paid. There is always a bottom line to watch, and everything from risk to Return-On-Investment (ROI), from Net Present Value (NPV) to Internal Rate of Return (IRR), must be calculated, weighed, and allocated. The goal of this session is to provide guidance, spreadsheet templates, and procedures designed to improve qualitative and quantitative risk assessment and the development of “numbers” which will be easily accepted by accounting and finance functions within an organization.

Currently with the Internal Revenue Service, and with more than 25 years of both industry and military experience, Jim Byrom has served as a disaster recovery planner, networking subject matter expert, director of engineering, business process consultant, vice president, and chief information officer.

Managerial Session 2

Assessment and Planning: Two Critical Incident Management Tools

Regina Phelps

regina-17rt.jpgWhat is your process for assessing an event? Who comes together to make the decision to activate the plan? What criteria do they use? This relatively straightforward process is often overlooked in companies. Once the decision has been made to activate your plan, how do you get organized? What tools do you use? How do you communicate status? This second critical step is often completely absent in an incident or crisis management plan. Attend this fast paced session to learn everything you need to know about initial assessment and developing an action plan.

Regina Phelps, CEM, RN, BSN, MPA, is an internationally recognized expert in the field of emergency management and contingency planning. She has provided consultation, training, and speaking services to clients in four continents. She is founder of Emergency Management & Safety Solutions, a consulting and training firm.

Technical Session 2

Technical Recovery Exercises and Fundamentals

Todd Young, CBCP / Elizabeth Alexander, CBCP / Phil Scott, CBCP

young-alex-scott.jpgTechnical recovery exercises are the absolute proof to your management that disaster recovery plans are capable of restoring critical IT infrastructure. How do you effectively coordinate the myriad of activities associated with multiple IT platforms, teams and locations?  This session will demonstrate how to leverage best practices and organize the preparation, execution and follow-up phases of your recovery exercise to maximize its value, while avoiding the pitfalls that can be encountered along the way.

Todd Young, CBCP, is employed with Capgemini – New Horizon System Solutions as a senior BC/DR planner in their Toronto Continuity Planning Group.

Elizabeth Alexander, CBCP, is a senior BC/DR planner for Capgemini – New Horizon System Solutions.

Phil Stott, CBCP, is employed by a subsidiary of Capgemini – Inergi as a senior business continuity planner.

Emergency Response Session 2

Wireless 101: Disaster Recovery for Cellular Carriers

Bob Klemme

bob-klemme-photo.jpgThis not-too technical session is an overview of how cellular networks are designed and built, with an emphasis on activities that increase the reliability of networks. This presentation provides technical and practical information about the cellular industry for business continuity and disaster recovery professionals who need to keep their response teams communicating during disasters.

Bob Klemme is associate director of business continuity / disaster recovery at Verizon Wireless.  He coordinates the company-wide program that includes crisis management, plan development and testing.  He has 14 years of consulting and management experience in the telecommunications industry, focused on developing reliable, cost effective systems and business processes.

Advanced Session 2

Doubling Down on BCM in a Volatile Economy

David Sarabacha

david-sarabacha.jpg“Volatile” is a good way to describe the current economic climate.  Companies should be adapting to these uncertainties and make risk mitigation even more pressing.  It is precisely because of the increased volatility that protecting the business from loss of life, disruption of cash flow, and damage to brand becomes more important.   Increased risks can come from the weakness in the supply chain and customer base, acts of terror and nature, people and infrastructure pushed to their limits, and market consolidation.  Now is the time to dust off those BC plans and reevaluate how well you are prepared.

David Sarabacha is the national leader of Deloitte’s Business Continuity Management (BCM) services function, serving clients throughout the world from our offices in Seattle, Washington.  David has nearly sixteen years of experience in the development, implementation and review of business continuity (BC), disaster recovery (DR) and continuity of operations (COOP) plans.  His focus is on the development of practical, cost-effective recovery strategies and plans for mission critical operations including not only technology, but also the key people, processes, equipment and vendors needed to continue your business/agency.  David has extensive experience throughout the BCM development process including: risk assessments, business impact analyses, and strategy and plan development as well as exercising plans.  He has also developed procedures for maintaining plans once they are exercised successfully to ensure that the information remains current, accurate and auditable.  David has provided BCM services to clients in many industries including: financial services, healthcare, manufacturing, energy, life sciences, technology, consumer business, public sector, non-profit and utilities.  He is certified at the highest level as an MBCP with the DRI International as well as an MBCI with the Business Continuity Institute in the U.K., supported by additional certifications as a CISA, CISSP and CISM.  He is an active member of the National Fire Protection Association’s Technical committee on standards and also serves on the global expansion committee for DRI training and certification.


Information Session 2

Surviving the ‘Boomer’ Tsunami

Glen Curole, CBCP

glen-curole.jpgPandemic planners suggest you plan for 30% to 40% absenteeism for two to three weeks over an eight week period. Can your company survive with that many of your most experienced employees gone permanently? That’s what might happen at your company as baby boomers retire. Over the next 10 years many companies will face a significant knowledge loss. This is a relatively new area for analysis caused by the realization that large numbers of baby boomers are approaching the initial retirement age of 62 years old. At this session you will find out how to determine the size of the risk, present that information to management and discuss strategies to reduce the number of retiring boomers.

Glen Curole, CBCP, is president and executive consultant for Category 5 Services. He has more than 15 years experience in the BC/DR field.