Breakout Track 5 – Virtual

Wednesday, October 13, 2021, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. EST


BCM Competencies in Demand to Ensure Career Resiliency

Wednesday, October 13, 2021
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. EST

Cheyene Marling, BC Management – a Castellan Solutions Company

Years of expertise, degrees and certifications, although beneficial and marketable, will not necessarily predict your professional trajectory. Data shows that if you want to get hired, stay hired, and grow your career you need to develop highly requested soft skills, build a powerful personal brand, and be adaptable to change. Becoming a top talent requires more than using your expertise to meet the needs of your organization. It necessitates using your talents, creativity, and expertise to think outside of box and advance the success of your team, program, and company.

Cheyene Marling, Hon. MBCI is a global leader with over 20 years expertise in Business Continuity. At BC Management (Castellan Solutions) she directs staffing strategies and research analytics globally in addition to providing career assessment and coaching expertise.

About Cheyene Marling
Cheyene Marling is a global leader with 23 years expertise in business continuity. She founded BC Management in 2000 (now Castellan Solutions) and she is responsible for staffing strategies and research analytics for our clients globally in addition to providing career and coaching expertise.


Disaster Recovery is the Secret Weapon in your Cybersecurity Toolbox

Wednesday, October 13, 2021
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. EST

Kris Schulze, Acronis (moderator)
Biren Jajal, Acronis
Len Tamasi, Acronis
James Slaby, Acronis
Keith Lukes, Ubistor

Every day brings another headline of a cyberattack inflicting costly downtime and data loss on some unlucky business. Ransomware has emerged as the largest cyberthreat on the planet, with attacks growing more frequent and sophisticated by the week. Recovering from such a breach can take days or weeks. Research shows that 60% of small and medium businesses (SMBs) that suffer a cyberattack like ransomware will go out of business in six months.

Faced with the prospect of cyberthreat-driven disaster, SMBs need to revisit their business continuity strategies, especially in light of newly affordable and manageable cloud disaster recovery (DR) services. Join a panel of veteran DR consultants and solutions engineers – Keith Lukes of UbiStor and Biren Jajal, Len Tamasi and Raymond Sue of Acronis – for a live session that will explore:

  • The latest cybercriminal threats and tactics that represent an existential threat to SMBs
  • How cloud DR services can provide a cost-effective hedge against cyberattacks that could threaten a business’s viability
  • How an integrated approach to backup, cybersecurity and cloud DR can yield huge returns in operating costs, risk reduction, ease of operation, uptime preservation, and the ability to effectively test incident response scenarios.

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About Kris Schulze
Kris Schulze is the Disaster Recovery Program Manager at Acronis. A writer and marketing professional, she has published pieces on a wide variety of topics in B2B technology, including disaster recovery, data privacy, and ransomware.

About Biren Jajal
Biren Jajal has over 25 years of experience in the backup, disaster recovery, virtualization, and enterprise storage space. He has served as a Disaster Recovery Specialist with Acronis for over 8 years and regularly engages in helping partners build a cloud disaster recovery practice as part of their managed services offering and helps customers establish a cloud disaster recovery strategy for critical server workloads.

About Len Tamasi
Len Tamasi focuses on empowering partners and clients to grow and protect their business with Acronis Disaster Recovery solutions. Len has over 20 years of experience in the Disaster Recovery and Information Technology markets with companies such as GiantLoop, Verizon Enterprise and Terremark.

About James Slaby
James R. Slaby is the Director of Cyber Protection at Acronis. He has also worked as an industry analyst covering cybersecurity, cloud services and networking at research firms like Forrester and the Yankee Group. With over 300 published tech research reports, he has been quoted in The Economist, the Wall Street Journal and hundreds of tech publications. Slaby has also held product and solutions marketing roles at tech vendors including Sonus, Acme Packet, Bay Networks and Motorola.

About Keith Lukes
Keith Lukes brings decades of expertise in DR consulting to advise companies on the business and technical drivers of modern DR deployments. Besides extensive experience with complex managed services and enterprise data storage, Keith has deep knowledge of the current generation of leading DR vendor solutions.


The Future of Work and Recovery

Wednesday, October 13, 2021
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. EST

Dan Perrin, Workplace Recovery

The global pandemic has fundamentally altered how and where business gets done. Explore our latest data, insights and solutions to understand, anticipate and influence how we will work and recover in the future. Embracing hybrid ways of working and recovering is not just convenient, but sensible too. The pandemic has certainly had a dramatic and permanent effect, but it’s merely accelerated a trend that’s been underway for several years, as organizations progressively move to a ‘hybrid’ way of working and recovering: at home, a local office and occasionally at corporate HQ.

Join us to get a better understand of how these trends will affect your teams and company moving forward.

About Dan Perrin
Dan Perrin runs the Workplace Recovery Group within Regus. Dan has been with Regus since 2005 and has worked in the Workplace Recovery division since 2012. Dan and his team manage and assist several thousand clients globally by using the Regus platform of over 3000 locations to design, implement, test and run their people recovery.


Is Ransomware Your Next Disaster? Plan for Recovery Now

Wednesday, October 13, 2021
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. EST

Steve Gruber, Converge
Rick Vanover, Veeam

There are many threats to your data and ransomware is one of the most prominent types of disasters that can stop a business in its tracks.

According to IDC analysts, a Spring 2021 survey stated that 95.1% of organizations have suffered a malicious attack within the past 12 months.

This joint session presented by Converge and Veeam will showcase the many options that are in the market to address the many problems in play today and how IT teams are addressing and working to avoid these threats. Please join us as we share how organizations have been able to navigate through, or avoid the paralyzing effect of malware and ransomware attacks. Additionally, we will address ways to sure-up potential vulnerabilities that may exist in your environment today.

Today it still comes down to data protection coupled with business resiliency.

About Steve Gruber
Steve Gruber has 26 years of experience in the Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity industry with focus on technology and business resiliency. In 2006, Steve joined the Corus360’s RES-Q™ Services which was acquired by Converge Technology Solutions. Today’s mission within the Converge Enterprise Cloud practice is providing cost-effective data protection and resiliency solutions for the enterprise across all industries.

About Rick Vanover
Rick Vanover (Microsoft MVP, Cisco Champion, VMware vExpert) is Senior Director of Product Strategy for Veeam Software. Rick’s experience includes system administration and IT management; with virtualization, cloud and storage technologies being the central theme of his career recently. Follow Rick on Twitter @RickVanover or @Veeam.


Rethinking Business Continuity

Wednesday, October 13, 2021
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. EST

Margaret Millett, Uber Technologies, Inc.
Keith Frederick, West Pharmaceutical Services

Are you responsible for building, maintaining, or leading a business continuity program but feel unsupported? You are not alone! Often, we hear from practitioners’ decrying a lack of commitment and involvement from their top management, the crucial gatekeepers to getting any major, cross-functional program off the ground. Even when executive sponsorship is secured, it is not always a 100% guarantee that organizations are fully invested in Business Continuity Management for the right reasons. The purpose of this session is to share why executives and others don’t always see business continuity as a top priority, including confronting some of the challenges, flawed assumptions, and sharing lessons learned on gaining consensus.

About Margaret Millett
Margaret Millett (MSBC, FBCI (Hon), MBCP) is a DRJ Editorial Advisory Board Member. She has been actively involved in the business continuity management profession for many years and worked for Fortune 300 companies.

About Keith Frederick
Keith Frederick, FBCI, CBCP, is the Senior Manager of Global Business Continuity at West Pharmaceutical Services. He has a 20-year track record of success in designing programs with proven effectiveness during times of crisis and disruption.


How Can a Supply Chain Disruption in the Suez Canal Help Shape the Future of Resiliency?

Wednesday, October 13, 2021
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. EST

Katherine Whitaker, Nestle

How does one event, cause massive disruption, threaten global trade and supplies, and cause us to rethink? At the end of March, we experienced a blockage of the Suez Canal following the grounding of the Ever Green container ship. What the event highlighted is the interconnectedness & continued fragility of our global infrastructure. Unexpected events cause disruption that can reverberate through a Market or Industry and in this case impacted freight rates and costs which were ultimately passed to the Consumer. Supply Chain strain went as far, as it went deep in 2020 and 2021, with rising costs on materials and labor. Supply Chains were more focused on bottlenecks in transportation, increasing raw material costs or limited availably, to rising labor costs. As Business Continuity and Resiliency professionals, we know capability building is so important – but how to do this within Supply Chain? The plans themselves should have buffers built in – but what does this really mean? Resiliency isn’t of course just with physical supplies; it impacts the digital parts of an organization – Where does this apply in Supply Chain? While we may not be able to plan or insure against every potential Supply Chain impact, we must still plan accordingly in an increasingly connected world.

About Katherine Whitaker
Katherine Whitaker is the Head of Business Continuity & Resilience at Nestle NA.


Friend or Foe? Business Continuity and Enterprise Risk Management

Wednesday, October 13, 2021
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. EST

James Green, Consultant

With a global pandemic and skyrocketing cases of ransomware, many BC professionals have spent the last two years discussing how business continuity should be more aligned with cybersecurity and vendor risk management departments in order to better mitigate risks.

But what about Enterprise Risk Management (ERM)? Many people think that ERM only has to do with financial risks, or that ERM is only relevant in the financial services sector. Some BC professionals even find that the resources devoted to their organization’s risk register takes time away from, or is even an obstacle to, business continuity planning.

But when done right, leveraging the data and insights gathered from ERM can actually act as a catalyst for your BC program. But it’s not as simple as just putting everyone onto the same zoom call! In this session we will discuss why and how ERM and BC should be aligned, the benefits your BC program can receive from ERM, and pitfalls to avoid when working with ERM.

About James Green
James Green is a sought-after global speaker on risk and resilience. In 2020 he was named the Business Continuity Institute’s Continuity and Resilience Consultant of the Americas, becoming the first person to be honored with this award twice.


The Future Is Operational Resilience - The Intersection of Between Resiliency and Risk is Foundational

Wednesday, October 13, 2021
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. EST

Nita Kohli, Freddie Mac

We need to think far beyond rebuilding from COVID to move from traditional business resilience to operational resilience. This is a critical to ensure a business continues to provide important business services during adverse operational events.

We need to set in motion a vision to transform from a traditional business resiliency and risk management approach to an operational resilience approach that factors in risk, such as:

  • Part of transitioning from traditional resiliency to ops resiliency is to truly understand the interdependencies and alignment across an enterprise.
  • Functions can no longer operate in silos
  • Partner with business lines, risk management, HR, legal, etc.
  • We want to connect our business and shared service lines to better manage risk and incorporate operational resiliency into every aspect of our firm – from personal responsibility to management to the executive level.

Freddie Mac’s Operational Resilience program is focused on delivering repeatable, predictable capabilities that can demonstrate agility and sustainability to carry out our mission during disruptive events and continue to operate critical processes within defined-risk tolerance limits.

About Nita Kohli
Nita Kohli is responsible for Operational Resilience and Crisis Management at Freddie Mac. Overseeing Business Resiliency across the company, Nita drives to strengthen and mature Freddie Mac’s resiliency capabilities as the industry aligns to Operational Resilience. She partners with her executive, regulator, and industry counterparts to manage robust risk and control frameworks designed to deliver solutions, align core goals, and help lead the organization as Freddie Mac prepares to exit conservatorship.

Nita has 20+ years of multi-disciplinary experience within the financial industry. She has held a variety of leadership roles across a multitude of functional areas, including Finance, Operations, Risk & Control and has driven a number of large-scale business transformations. Prior to Freddie Mac, Nita worked at JP Morgan for more than 15 years, and was most recently the Head of Governance & Controls for Firmwide Business Resiliency. In this position, she had global responsibility for uplifting and enhancing the firm’s resiliency function in lieu of regulation, operational risk, and external threats that drive a risk-based approach for remediation.

Nita’s career spans international work with Deutsche Bank UK, JP Morgan UK/US and KPMG UK. She is a Chartered Accountant (ACA) and has a BSc(Hons) in Mathematics and Management from King’s College, University of London. Nita is married with two college-age children and lives between Virginia and New Jersey.