DRJ's Spring 2019

Conference & Exhibit

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Spring Journal

Volume 32, Issue 1

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Sunday Workshop Sessions, 1:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Sunday Workshop Session 1

Birds of a Feather - Business Continuity Roundtable Discussions


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Facilitated discussions on business continuity trends and key topics of interest coordinated within Industry roundtables.

Participate in dynamic dialogue with fellow conference participants having similar backgrounds and expertise.

Experienced business continuity professionals will lead these structured, yet flexible BC roundtable discussions. You will gain solutions, while having the opportunity to build relationships and solve problems among BC planners in similar situations.

This session will enable you to explore solutions, address concerns, ask questions, and dialogue about BC planning strategies and practices being used at other organizations.

Potential Topics:

Moderator: Randall Till, MBCP, Visa

Industry Roundtable Facilitators:

  • Robbie Atabaigi, MBCP, KPMG
  • Mike Gifford, CBCP, The Capital Group Companies
  • Frank Lady, CBCP, Bank of America
  • Martin Myers, MBCP, Bank of America

Sunday Workshop Session 2

ABC's of Operational Resilience


Nader Mehravari, CERT Cyber Resilience Center

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Organizations, large or small, public or private, civilian or federal, continue to invest in a variety of independent preparedness planning activities including IT disaster recovery (DR), business continuity (BC), crisis management (CM), pandemic planning (PP), and emergency management (EM).

However, given the extreme complexity of today’s business processes, and the global socio-economical challenges faced by organizations, a traditional disjointed stovepipe approach to preparedness planning is no longer viable; neither operationally nor financially. Successful protection of one’s enterprise now requires a fully integrated approach that incorporates unification, standardization, automation, and training while balancing affordability and risk management. Such an integrated approach to protection and sustainment of business operations is being referred to as “operational resilience.”

This interactive workshop is intended to provide the audience with a comprehensive overview of modern operational resilience and associated concepts. Proven and practical approaches for planning, managing, and executing an integrated set of protection and preparedness planning activities across such domains as IT disaster recovery, business continuity, crisis management, pandemic planning, emergency management, workforce continuity, supply chain continuity, cyber security, and privacy protection are discussed.

Dr. Nader Mehravari, MBCP, MBCI, is a subject matter expert and experienced practitioner in disaster recovery, business resiliency, continuity of operations, preparedness planning, information security, and associated operational risk management.

He is currently with CERT Cyber Resilience Center of the Software Engineering Institute at Carnegie Mellon University

Sunday Workshop Session 3

BCP Metrics: Resiliency Through Measurement


Michael Herrera, MHA Consulting

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If you are charged with continuity planning you can get support from senior management by developing metrics and demonstrating value to the bottom line.

Do you have regular audits by customers and others of your program to determine if you can continue to support their business should you have a disruption? Do you know how compliant your program is with industry standards and/or your level of recoverability? Is management asking you how the program compares to others? Is management not supporting your program?

Knowing how compliant your program is with industry standards and most importantly, how resilient it is, brings value to the bottom line of the organization.

In this session, we will review the use of metrics and MHA’s Tier 1 and Tier 2 metrics to comprehensively assess a continuity program’s compliance with standards as well as resiliency.

Discover that by using comprehensive metrics to assess compliance and resiliency, you can make steady, well rounded improvements in your continuity planning program. Most importantly, showing management where you stand on a regular basis is crucial to gaining their support and funding to heighten the sophistication and capability of your program.

Michael Herrera founded MHA Consulting Inc in 1999 after a 15-year career in the world of banking.

Since founding MHA, he has led the organization to become an industry leader serving top clients around the world.

His simple strategy of building solid relationships with each client and becoming their “trusted advisor” has led MHA to grow its stellar pedigree of clients and successfully retain each of them an average of four plus years.

Sunday Workshop Session 4

Build an ISO 22301 Management System to Capture Executive Attention


Brian Zawada, Avalution

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Management systems “concepts” have been included in nearly every business continuity standard written in the last four years – including ISO 22301 – but remain relatively unknown in our profession.

This workshop will introduce management systems processes and their unique benefit of forcing/enabling alignment with your executives’ and customers’ expectations.

Management systems processes include defining scope and objectives, engaging management and other interested parties, identifying business continuity obligations, documenting a policy, establishing personnel competencies, performing recurring internal audits and management reviews, managing corrective actions – and above all, continual improvement.

Workshop attendees will come away with an understanding of management systems principles and processes as well as the value of management system standards.

Each management system component and process will be introduced using examples and case study content, as well as specific, practical ways to implement these processes in any environment.

Brian Zawada, MBCI, MBCP, is the director of consulting for Avalution and a member of the Board of Directors for the USA Chapter of BCI.

He is active in developing standards, and is a strong proponent of using standards and management systems to improve organizational performance.

Zawada is the head of the United States delegation to Technical Committee 223, the group responsible for the development of ISO 22301.

Sunday Workshop Session 5

Developing the Recovery Strategy: The Next Step


Barney Pelant, Barney F. Pelant & Assc. LLCd

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Once the business impact analysis (BIA) has been completed, the next logical step in the development of a business continuity program is the formation of the business recovery strategy.

The results of this effort provide us the infrastructure for carrying out the successful recovery of the organization in case of a disastrous event or business interruption.

This infrastructure is also the foundation for the procedures that we develop next, a.k.a. our business recovery plan.

This session is a former breakout session that has been expanded by popular request to a workshop.

During the workshop we will examine a proven methodology for taking the findings of the BIA and developing successful strategies.

Learn important and logical steps to take when structuring the business recovery strategy. You’ll take home answers and solutions that you can implement immediately.

Barney Pelant, MBCP, is owner and director of Barney F. Pelant & Associates LLC.

His professional background includes more than 30 years focusing on business continuity planning, disaster prevention and recovery.

Pelant’s technical experience ranges from the design and development of domestic and international business centers, to the development of contingency plans to ensure their ongoing viability.

Sunday Workshop Session 6

The Disaster Experience: A Tabletop Exercise


Bob Mellinger, Attanium

Registration limited to 200

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Attainium LogoChances are that while you read this, an unexpected disaster is causing an organization stress and confusion and is affecting its long-term ability to provide products and services to its customers. Are the organization’s leaders prepared to handle it? Will they be able to recover? Disasters of every shape, size, look and feel happen all the time, affecting businesses, people’s jobs, lives and families.

This session has been designed to put you in the throes of a real-life disaster situation, as it unfolds.

After you’ve finished, you’ll understand the importance of planning in advance for a disaster or other business disruption. You’ll never want to be caught unprepared again!

Bob Mellinger, CBCV, is the founder and president of Attainium Corp, which he launched to deliver business continuity, emergency preparedness and crisis management services.

For more than 30 years, Mellinger has provided business solutions and strategic guidance to associations and commercial enterprises.

Mellinger is a frequent speaker on the topics of business continuity, contingency planning, emergency preparedness and crisis management, delivering sessions ranging from The Basics of Continuity Planning to the Impact of Today’s Threats and Hazards, as well as customized, interactive mock-disaster tabletop exercises.