Solutions Track

Monday, September 20, 2021, 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.


DRJ Academy BC Primer Course

Monday, September 20, 2021
3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Phil Lambert, Lambert Learning

Every organization requires practitioners to be property trained, and sufficiently motivated to execute the planning process and to promote the value to day-to-day operations. Researching information on BC strategy is relatively easy. Yet, a plethora of BC books and recommendations has created a complex and contradictory array of choices for those who are desperate to do a great job. Conventional standards and legacy strategies worked well in the business world of yesterday, yet no one is telling you what it takes to be successful has changed. This workshop will. The professional practitioner of today looks extraordinarily different than the planner of the past. How? Well, we have already envisioned what the professional of today and tomorrow will need to be successful. Come join us.

The DRJ Academy’s BC Primer course is all about providing a modern-day framework for those planners who are struggling to implement a program and those just starting out. We’ll walk you through step by step the first 12 months in starting a new program, reigniting a broken program, and raising the significance of a weakened program. We’ll show you how to make small shifts that will make a seismic difference in results.

The BC Primer course is a Business Continuity basics course which represents a breakthrough in the design, approach, and delivery of a BC training Program. 33 short sessions with 79 digital downloads of support documents, graphics, charts, presentations, and forms. DRJ Academy has partnered with Lambert Learning in the course’s creation.

About Phil Lambert
Phil Lambert is a visionary, game changer, and enjoys challenging outdated program strategies. With 25 years of experience Phil is an expert in the resiliency planning field. He has proven success in the design, development, and facilitation of training courses and workshop facilitation.


How Software is Improving Organizational Resiliency and Addressing the Continual Evolution of Business Continuity

Monday, September 20, 2021
3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Monica Goldstein, Agility Recovery

The Pandemic provided a spotlight on organizational resiliency at all levels and tested the activation of Business Continuity Plans throughout the world. The evolution of Business Continuity has seen the development of different approaches and frameworks based on changes in the business and regulatory landscape and having to address differing impacts and threats. Having a software platform that provides for “at your fingertips” action items, automates delegation of authority, stores updated contact information and houses pre-established communication greatly improves the success of businesses with Plans in place. In this session, Monica Goldstein, former CEO of RecoveryPlanner and now part of Agility Recovery, shares her insights on best practices for utilizing Business Continuity Management software as part of an organization’s Planning and Resiliency strategy that focuses on ways to maximize and fully leverage your BCM software.

About Monica Goldstein
Since 1995, Monica Goldstein’s experience in business continuity planning and software has been comprehensive. Monica recently joined Agility Recovery with its acquisition of RecoveryPlanner, a global leader in BCM software and consulting. Monica was one of the founders of RecoveryPlanner and prior to joining its Executive team in 2008 was a part of the Senior Management team for CAPS Centers, an alternate site and BCM consulting company. Throughout her time with RecoveryPlanner and CAPS she consulted on a variety of BCM projects for a wide range of enterprise organizations and financial institutions, including implementing Business Impact Analysis (BIA), Business Continuity Plan development and Tabletop Exercises.


Understanding Situational Resilience Using Comparitive Risk Analysis

Monday, September 20, 2021
3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Rich Cocchiara, Cognitient Corp.

Rich Cocchiara has been helping companies and governments to assess risks to their strategies, processes, organization, technology, applications, data and facilities for more than 30 years. His experience as a CIO, CTO and CISO give him unique insight to what is needed to ensure resilience against multiple demands, disruptions and threats being faced by companies and governments today and going into the future. Based on his observations of how companies responded to the COVID threat has led him to conclude that many companies view risk from one dimension and find themselves unable to deal with the dynamic risks they face today. Risk mitigation plans that do not take into account multiple scenarios are doomed to failure when something unexpected such as COVID arises and employees are challenged to respond quickly and concisely using their knowledge, experience and past performance (KEP). Developing situational resilience requires companies use comparative risk analysis to more accurately assess their risk mitigation abilities. Companies must go beyond normal risk planning by accurately determining how their staff will be able to respond to multiple scenarios and how that compares to best-in-class and industry competitors.

In this session attendees will learn how to use this type of analysis to allow them to get to the real truth of how their company handles multiple different scenarios thereby giving them the ability to develop risk mitigation plans that work in the real world as opposed to on paper.

About Rich Cocchiara
Rich Cocchiara is the Chief Innovation & Security Officer for Cognitient Corp and he is the former Chief Information Security Officer for the NYC Dept of Education and has held positions such as CTO for Smarter Risk Corp, CTO & Distinguished Engineer for IBM.


Starting a BCM and DR Program on a Shoe-String Budget

Monday, September 20, 2021
3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Michael Beth, Virtual Corporation

Talk track to include:

  • Effectively baselining current state of BCM&DR, if any? – What’s in place today, what is needed and what do I need to know or have in place to ensure the foundation is laid?
  • BCM Program Framework – What are the necessary components to build upon, change or correct or to develop and implement?
  • Finding Support – Who are those C, Director, VP Level supporters, what about Line of Business or IT leaders or individual contributor level line of business or IT SMEs that stand out in the organization?
  • What to do first? Prioritization of foundational elements; development, implementation and socialization of foundation elements for quick wins. What does that short term and long term roadmap look like?
  • Land and Expand – How do I expand into larger strategic based initiatives with limited budget and personnel? Strategic partners for limited engagements and additional support long term.
  • Takeaways, typical and industry aligned methodology components to a BCM&DR framework, understanding of prioritized workflows for foundational buildout.

About Michael Beth
Michael Beth has spent 22+ years delivering business continuity, disaster recovery and IT transformation type services. Michael serves as a trusted advisor and a Business and IT Resiliency Domain Subject Matter Expert at Virtual Corporation.


Unitrends Unified BCDR: Why Backup Alone is No Longer Enough

Monday, September 20, 2021
3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Adam Marget, Unitrends

Data is the lifeblood of all businesses, and each day IT professionals are tasked with protecting more of it all while maximizing uptime for their organizations. In an ongoing battle against cyber threats and attacks on your data, one of the most impactful investments any organization can make is in its employees. An end user who’s educated and empowered plays an integral role in defense of your networks and data. At Unitrends, we’ve integrated our backup and recovery solutions with powerful security tools to provide protection beyond simple backup and restore capabilities.

A modern BCDR solution enables holistic data protection, whether it lives on-prem, across remote endpoints, or in clouds and SaaS applications. If you’re ready to embrace a solution complete and agile enough to address all workloads while injecting automation and artificial intelligence to simply complex systems, you’ve come to the right place.

Join Adam Marget, Unitrends Technical Marketing, as he explores:

  • Powerful recovery options to meet aggressive RTOs and RPOs for on-prem and cloud-based workloads
  • Automated recovery testing for 100% proof and confidence in recovery
  • Key security integrations to harden the backup environment and enable employees to defend through actionable, front-end protection
  • Cloud integrations, including no-touch failover with Unitrends Disaster Recovery as a Service
  • And much more!

About Adam Marget
Adam Marget is an experienced technical marketing professional at Unitrends, a leader in data center backup and disaster recovery solutions. He has been a member of the Unitrends team since 2016, during which time he’s held several roles at the company. Driven by a love and curiosity for technology, Adam’s been delighted to have been afforded the opportunity help both end users and channel partners solve challenges around disaster recovery and business continuity. Prior to joining Unitrends, Adam worked with CDW where he leveraged a variety of partner solutions to help his customers achieve their goals across a variety of technology categories including backup, networking, security, power & cooling, and data center.