Tuesday Panel Discussions

We will host several interactive Panel Discussions that include great interactivity with the audience.

(join 1 of 4 sessions)

Tuesday Panel Discussions September 21, 2021, 4:45 p.m. - 5:45 p.m.

1 - Advanced BIA and Hazard Risk Analysis in the Post-COVID Era

Tuesday, September 21, 2021
4:45 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.

Steven Haynes, University of Texas at Dallas
Dr. Tony McAleavy, Oklahoma State University
Robert Pence, Freedom Financial Network, LLC.

Learn how to identify, record, evaluate, and analyze the risks your organization may face. Develop your own metrics to classify the probability and severity of those risks using industry-proven standards and practices.

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.

About Dr. Tony McAleavy
Dr. Tony McAleavy is an Assistant Professor in Fire and Emergency Management at Oklahoma State University. He is a former Coastguard, Ambulance Service officer and local government emergency and contingency manager.

About Robert Pence
Robert Pence started his continuity career in the Army and continued his work, moving into the private sector with an expanse of companies: Washington Mutual, Mercantil Bank, Charles Schwab, US Bank, ACS, Safeco, and more, but also supported a the development of a free tool for continuity planning used for small and midsize organizations. Robert continues to grow and learn with the industry, and now heads up Enterprise Resiliency at Freedom Financial Network.

2 - Protecting Your Organization from Ransomware and Other Cyberattacks

Tuesday, September 21, 2021
4:45 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.

Regina Phelps, EMS Solutions Inc.
Adam Marget, Unitrends
Michael Bratton, Castellan Solutions

While many disaster recovery programs are designed for IT infrastructure breakdown, far less are prepared for cybersecurity failure. Ransomware is leading the way for these malware incidents, specifically targeting corporate communications, IT operations, legal, disaster recovery, crisis management, and IT security. Today’s cyberattacks not only seek to lock up production systems, but also backups and other redundant systems.

About Regina Phelps
Regina Phelps is an internationally recognized thought leader in the field of emergency management, pandemic and contingency planning. Since 1982 she has provided consultation, training & speaking services to clients on five continents and is the author of three books.

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 and cooling, and data center.

About Michael Bratton
Michael Bratton is Consulting Practice Leader for Castellan. Michael has consulted with a diverse range of clients spanning numerous industry verticals and sizes. He specializes in translating business and organizational requirements into recovery strategies and response frameworks that help organizations effectively respond to disruptions. Michael has worked with numerous organizations to implement new programs, but also has a long-standing base of clients where he continues to serve as an active and trusted advisor.

3 - Managing IT Disaster Recovery to Increase Resiliency

Tuesday, September 21, 2021
4:45 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.

Ray Holloman, HCA Healthcare
Melissa Muniz Rhodes, Consultant
Steve Piggott, Cutover
Bart Rys, Everbridge

Disasters do not discriminate. They affect everyone in the organization, including the IT team tasked with ensuring application availability. For this reason, organizations must take a holistic approach to DR planning instead of waiting until manpower and funds are limited at the time of an event. DRaaS solutions are designed to achieve this goal, combining technology and operational capabilities in cloud-delivered services. DRaaS providers help organizations of all sizes fill this gap with solutions tailored to their specific size, industry, or application(s).

About Ray Holloman
Ray Holloman, CBCP, M.B.A., M.S. is a Senior Business Continuity Administrator for HCA Healthcare. He started working in IT in 2009 and specifically in Business Continuity/Disaster Recovery in 2014.

About Melissa Muniz Rhodes
Melissa Muniz Rhodes has worked in DR for almost 20 years, across different industries and company sizes. She has a passion for persuading companies to see the importance of business resilience through IT resilience.

About Steve Piggott
Steve Piggott works within all facets of Cutover to drive market awareness, revenue growth, and to align with our customers’ requirements and expectations in receiving exceptional enterprise resiliency results. He brings a wealth of experience in driving successful customer outcomes across business transformation, operational resilience, disaster recovery, and business continuity program development

About Bart Rys
Bart Rys currently works as a Director, Business Solutions for the Global Center of Excellence. In this role, he supports Everbridge globally on the execution of Enterprise Strategy and Sales support of the IT Alerting product. Prior to this role, Bart was a Sr. Engagement Manager, streamlining IT Operations and Incident Response for countless Enterprise clients by deploying the Everbridge Platform with a maniacal focus on Customer Success.

4 - Understanding Situational Resilience in a Complex Enterprise

Tuesday, September 21, 2021
4:45 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.

Rich Cocchiara, Cognitient Corp.
Chris Hurst, OnSolve
Peter Steinfeld, AlertMedia
Bridget Guerrero, GoDaddy

This panel will discuss how they have uncovered risks associated with situational resilience in enterprises they have worked at or consulted to. The panel will discuss what they did to understand those risks and create successful mitigation strategies that resulted in improved situational resilience. The panel will provide their insight into how a practitioner can help their enterprise stop guessing and know what the risks might be so as to avoid costly mistakes in the future. The panel will give examples how the lack of knowledge, experience and past performance has resulted in lost revenue, increased downtime or failure to meet objectives.

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

About Chris Hurst
Chris Hurst is the VP of Global Technology Solutions at OnSolve, a Critical Event Management company headquartered in Atlanta, GA. Prior to his current role, Chris co-founded Stabilitas, a Risk Intelligence company that uses Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning to detect physical risks to operations and people and is now a part of OnSolve. Chris is a 2001 graduate of West Point and a former Army Diver. After his military career, Chris led infrastructure planning and engineering teams in a number of conflict zones, and later served as the Director of Enterprise Risk Management for Mercy Corps, an international NGO with people and operations in 40 countries. He holds a B.S. from the United States Military Academy, an MBA from Harvard Business School, and an MPA in International Development from Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

About Peter Steinfeld
Peter Steinfeld is the Senior Vice President of Safety Solutions at AlertMedia and host of The Employee Safety Podcast, where each week, he interviews safety, security, business continuity, and disaster recovery experts from all over the world. Peter also leads AlertMedia’s sales organization, ensuring his team has the right information and resources to successfully bring in new customers and prospects. Prior to AlertMedia, Peter held sales leadership roles at Symantec and Dell, among several other enterprise software companies. He has been involved in the emergency communications industry for more than 20 years, advising organizations of all sizes on matters related to employee safety, and is passionate about helping organizations protect their most valuable assets: their people. Peter is a graduate of Middlebury College, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Economics. He also earned his MBA from the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Management at Rice University.

About Bridget Guerrero
Bridget Guerrero manages Operational Resilience at GoDaddy and has more than two decades experience in risk management, crisis management, intelligence and security operations. She focuses on building robust, defensible risk identification, quantification and management programs to keep GoDaddy’s employees and assets safe, wherever they may work.