Tuesday Workshops

Tuesday, March 17, 2020, 3:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.


Best Practices from the YouTube Shooting

Tuesday, March 17, 2020
3:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Ron LaPedis, Seacliff Partners International, LLC

First responders are arriving at your location and you have no idea why. What you don’t know is that you have an active shooter situation, and someone dialed 911. When the first responders arrive, will they be going in blind? Will they have to shoot their way through locked doors because no one knows where the keys are? Are there hazardous chemicals, processes, or areas that they need to stay away from? Do you have private armed security who could become targets when officers see their guns?

This course will discuss how law enforcement approaches active shooter training, will present several ideas for how you can work with LE before an event to ensure safety of both employees and officers, and will detail what went right and lessons learned from the May, 2018 YouTube shooter incident.

About Ron LaPedis
Ron LaPedis is Managing Director at Seacliff Partners International, a business resilience and security consulting firm. Before that, he worked on HP NonStop servers for 25 years becoming a subject matter expert in high availability systems, business continuity, and security. Ron is co-inventor on two storage and two virtualization patents and is named on one encryption patent. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the Ponemon Institute, and holds FBCI, MBCP and CISSP certifications. Ron is a columnist for PoliceOne.com, Law Enforcement Technology and the NonStop Insider.


Are You Ready for a Novel Coronavirus Pandemic? A Practical Hands-On Workshop to Improve Preparedness

Tuesday, March 17, 2020
3:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Lisa Koonin, Health Preparedness Partners

Private sector businesses, especially those that provide important community services, must plan and prepare for a pandemic outbreak. Pandemics can have a significant impact on businesses, producing high levels of worker absenteeism and disruption of business functions. Although as of February, 2020, the emerging outbreak of the novel corona virus has not yet been declared as a pandemic, cases are mounting and disruptive global impact on supply chains is increasing.  This interactive workshop will address these vulnerabilities and provide practical life-saving approaches in four key areas. Businesses that develop and implement a pandemic response plan (as part of their business continuity plans), can significantly reduce harmful impacts, play a key role in protecting employees’ and customers’ health and safety, and limit the negative impact of a pandemic to their business, as well as their community.

About Lisa Koonin
Dr. Lisa Koonin is recognized as an international expert in emergency preparedness and response, especially for pandemic influenza response. Dr. Koonin founded Health Preparedness Partners after her 30+ year career with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). During that time, she led the development of national emergency preparedness and response plans and policies, served in leadership positions for multiple national and international emergency responses, conducted large-format exercises, and consulted with businesses, state and local governments, healthcare facilities, non-governmental organizations, academia, and ministries of health around the world, to improve emergency preparedness. 

Dr. Koonin has published more than 85 peer-reviewed scientific publications on an array of public health and preparedness topics. She has clinical experience as a family nurse practitioner and earned master of nursing and master of public health degrees from Emory University and a doctorate degree in public health leadership from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Gillings School of Global Public Health and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management, Indiana University, Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health.


Successful Drills and Exercises: Here’s How!

Tuesday, March 17, 2020
3:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Steven B. Goldman, MIT

The DRJ attendee favorite and our longest running workshop! Successful business continuity and disaster recovery takes more than a plan: it requires realistic testing and validation. This workshop is where you learn how! Do your exercises provide as close- to-real situations as possible? Are your response teams challenged properly? What do others do? How can you improve? During this hands-on workshop, you will learn how to develop, set up, and conduct your successful BC/DR drill or exercise. Students will master:

  • The company politics of drills and exercises
  • Dr. Steve’s Exercise Planning Checklist.
  • Why drills/exercises are important
  • Types of drills and exercises
  • Elements of a successful exercise
  • Scope, objectives, and extent of play
  • The scenario development team
  • 101 scenario ideas you can use
  • Making it real
  • How to effectively conduct, evaluate, and critique
  • How to leverage this exercise for future gain

You will also learn to avoid common pitfalls and to anticipate and resolve problems. With his lively style and real-life examples, Dr. Goldman will lead the class through interactive discussions of successful exercise development and conduct. Don’t miss it!

About Steven B. Goldman
Dr. Steven B. Goldman is an internationally recognized expert and consultant in Business Continuity, Crisis Management, Disaster Recovery, and Crisis Communications. He has over 35 years’ experience in the various aspects of these disciplines, including program management, plan development, training, exercises, and response strategies. His background is comprehensive yet unique in that he has been a professional engineer, corporate spokesperson, manager of media relations, business continuity planner, crisis responder, consultant, and a Fortune 500 Company’s Global Business Continuity Program Manager.

Steve has written or improved many corporation and government agency BCP, DRP, and crisis communications plans and procedures. He has trained all levels of response staff, from CEO’s on down. His specialty is realistic drills and exercises for clients worldwide. Steve also mentors BCP professionals to improve their programs and their careers.

Steve has published many articles and conducts several seminars annually on the various aspects of Crisis Management, Communications, BCP, and DRP. Dr. Goldman is a co-founder and Senior Lecturer at MIT’s “Crisis Management & Business Continuity” and “Advanced Business Resiliency” Professional Education courses.


Risk: How to Identify Critical Risk Within Your Organization

Tuesday, March 17, 2020
3:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Joe Layman, Cetera Financial Group
Susan Zielan, CoreLogic, Inc.

Risks vary across organizations and within lines of business. Leverage your available resources to identify the critical risk faced by your organization. In this collaborative session, Joe Layman, Director Business Continuity Management, and Susan Zielan, Senior Business Continuity Program Manager, will assist you with identifying critical risks that matter to your organization, and approaches to mitigate or accept those risks. Whether the risk is an asset, vulnerability or threat, learn to assess the criteria that identify and prioritize critical risk to your organization.

About Joe Layman
Joe Layman is the Director, Business Continuity Management for Cetera Financial Group and oversees the Business Continuity, Disaster Recovery and Crisis Management program. His background spans across the primary functions of business continuity management; business continuity, emergency management, disaster recovery and data center management. Joe has a Masters in Information Services and a BS in Business Administration. Joe has numerous certifications in Business Continuity, IT Disaster Recovery (CBCP, ITIL, CRISC, CBRM, CBRITP, ISO 22301), OSHA, ICS and a member and Operations Chief for the West County Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). Joe serves as President of the Board of Directors for the Orange County Association of Continuity Professionals (ACP). Joe was also a firefighter and state fire instructor for 20 years.

About Susan Zieilan
Susan Zielan is the Business Continuity Program Manager, for CoreLogic, Inc


Are you Ready for the Impact of a Cyber Breach? Do a Cyber Exercise to Find Out!

Tuesday, March 17, 2020
3:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Regina Phelps, EMS Solutions Inc.

The cyber threat is likely the greatest threat of our lifetime. What is your organization doing to prepare for the impact of an attack or breach? Many organizations are buying software, enlisting vendors and adding staff to prevent it from occurring, but what happens when it does? Experts all agree on one thing…it is simply a matter of when not if it will happen.

Few companies have serious plans for how they will respond to the impact of an actual cyber event – and even fewer stress test those plans. How can you prepare for the impact of a cyber-attack or breach? Conduct a cyber exercise! Such exercises force real-time situation analysis and decision-making and clearly demonstrates what you need in place in order to cope with the loss of technology.

This workshop shows Business Continuity Planners, Crisis Managers and their IT counterparts how to stage a cyber breach exercise that will test preparedness, reveal “hidden” circumstances and sharpen the responsiveness of everyone from top executives to front-line business managers and technologists.

Attend this session and learn how to go about developing a realistic cyber exercise that will challenge the Crisis Management Team, the technology staff and the business units. You will leave this workshop having thought out some key aspects of a cyber tabletop exercise, feeling better prepared to develop the exercise (and perhaps a bit more paranoid).

About Regina Phelps
Regina Phelps, president of EMSS, is an internationally recognized thought leader in the field of emergency management, pandemic, and contingency planning, consultation, training, and speaking services to clients on four continents. Her niche includes incident management team development, pandemic planning, emergency operations center (EOC) design, and the development of emergency exercises for large global companies.