Breakout Track 2

Monday, September 20, 2021, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.


Shifting From Passive Planning to Active Risk Management

Monday, September 20, 2021
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Andrew Witts, Infinite Blue
John Allen, Infinite Blue

For years, we’ve conducted risk assessments and pandemic planning ad nauseum, but the size, scope, and layered events that occurred in 2020 have caused many of us to re-examine the way we evaluate risks. Not only did this past year bring new challenges that many were unprepared for, but according to a recent survey* done by Infinite Blue, 20% of Business Continuity Professionals felt that the plans they had in place did not actually help them during the pandemic. This is why we must make a shift to active risk management, and prepare for the next “Gray Rhino” event (Coined by Michele Wucker) or, an obvious event that we’re ignoring.

In this session, Andy Witts, Director of Service Delivery at Infinite Blue will discuss the steps you can take to move your defensive planning into an offensive strategy. He’ll be joined by John Allen, Account Executive at Infinite Blue, and together they will host an interactive discussion outlining the most important strategies you and your team can implement right away.

About Andy Witts
With over 16 years’ experience in the industry, Andy Witts manages the Customer Success, Professional Services and Customer Support department for all applications at Infinite Blue.

About John Allen
John Allen’s responsibilities include collaborating with Infinite Blue’s prospective and current customers to identify solutions for gaps in their program. John brings over 10 years of experience in instruction, coaching and training to the Infinite Blue team.


Hybrid Incident Command System for Businesses


Monday, September 20, 2021
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Steven Haynes, University of Texas at Dallas

The Incident Command System (ICS) has many advantages for businesses, such as increased efficiency, modulated flexibility, and scalability. However, ICS in its current form may not overcome organizational silos, personnel’s lack of familiarity, and terminology incongruities. Therefore, a hybrid incident command system model is presented to improve incident response during times of abnormality. An ICS model must be readily usable, comfortable to adapt, and based on familiarity for it to be adopted. But the age-old question of “who’s in charge” must still be answered. During this session, Prof. Haynes will introduce you to the dual-use hybrid ICS model and how “who is in charge” is already answered in most organizations today. Participants will leave this seminar with a ready model that can be employed in their organizations, and better yet, entirely testable for identifying operational inefficiencies.

Steven Haynes is an Assistant Professor of Practice and Director of the Risk Management and Insurance Program at the University of Texas at Dallas. Steven is an experienced practitioner with over a decade of continuity and disaster risk management experience and served proudly in the United States Navy. His research has been published in Safety Science and the Journal of Business Continuity and Emergency Planning.

About Steven Haynes
Steven Haynes is the Director of the Risk Management and Insurance Program at the University of Texas at Dallas. His research interests include risk analysis, organizations under crisis, mixed methods research design, and disaster science.




”Making Over” Your Resiliency Program During a Time of Change

Monday, September 20, 2021
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Cary Jasgur, Mazars

Some organizations have mostly returned to the way things were before the events of 2020, and the COVID-19 Pandemic. While many organizations that did not have Pandemic Plans or robust Organisational Resilience Plans are still reeling from those events and trying to navigate the challenges that the future holds.

There is no time like now to take stock of where your organization is today, what changes might need to occur to your existing Organisational Resilience Program, and what does your organization’s future looks like. For some organizations that may mean a complete overall of their existing program, while others may take this opportunity to perform an assessment of their overall approach to Organisational Resilience.

Within this session, we will explore the areas of your existing program that was most likely impacted by the events of the COVID-19 Pandemic, even if they do not presently exist. As well as provide guidance in the identification, classification, and modification of those areas in need of “makeover”, so that the newly “made over” program better suits your current and future organizational structure and culture.

Following this session attendees will have the tools and knowledge to shape the future of their Organisational Resilience Program by rightsizing it to meet the ever-changing world of business following the COVID-19 Pandemic.

About Cary Jasgur
Cary Jasgur currently holds an FBCI, MBCP, and PMP and has spoken at several conferences on a variety of topics within the Organizational Resilience industry.


Risk Assessments - Visual, Statistical & Supply Chain

Monday, September 20, 2021
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Ted Brown, KETCH Consulting

Using actual Client Risk Assessment results, this session will teach the attendee how to execute three types of Risk Assessments. The first is the traditional or visual Risk Assessment where we analyze the risks to our clients by visually examining the physical structure, looking for vulnerabilities and single points of failure. The second is the Statistical Risk Assessment where we analyze the statistical odds of any one of over 100 disaster events occurring. This combined with a BIA yields the financial exposure to an organization. The last is the Business Risk Assessment where we supply the tools or help you to determine the risks to your supply chain from your vendors. The results of any or all of these will help you to justify Risk Management and BCP Expenditures.

About Ted Brown
Ted Brown has a fifty+ year professional/leadership career. Elected to Penn State BOT in 2013, following the Sandusky Scandal; with extensive experience in Risk Mgmt, he serves as Audit and Risk Vice Chair and founder/Chair of the Risk Sub-committee.In 2019, Mr. Brown and the Penn State Board, recognized Public health expert and Penn State College of Medicine graduate Dr. Deborah Birx (the White House coronavirus response coordinator) as a Distinguished Alumna, the University’s highest honor for its graduates.