Breakout Track 3

Tuesday, March 30, 2021, 12:00 p.m - 12:45 p.m. EST

BREAKOUT TRACK 3- SESSION 1

Emergency Communication in the Pandemic Era: Where Do We Go From Here?

When:
Tuesday, March 30, 2021
12:00 p.m – 12:45 p.m. EST

Speakers:
Peter Steinfeld, AlertMedia
Sara Pratley, AlertMedia

Never before have organizations faced the onslaught of emergencies and business challenges they experienced during 2020. From the pandemic to a historically active hurricane season to record-setting wildfires, these major events have reshaped the world, our communities, and how we work and live.

In response, business leaders are reassessing all aspects of the workplace and business operations, from financial models to facility design to talent acquisition. With nearly two-thirds of employees now working remotely from their homes at least part of the time, organizations must also reconsider their ability to meet legal and ethical requirements related to employee safety and emergency preparedness.

The newly distributed workforce—now composed of hundreds of distinct locations and home offices—presents new challenges for operational leaders tasked with protecting their people. This decentralization of people and resources not only strains safety efforts—it also hinders organizations’ ability to monitor, communicate, and resolve unplanned events as effectively as they otherwise could with everyone gathered into one office building or just a few locations.

In this session, AlertMedia’s SVP of Strategic Sales Peter Steinfeld—a 20-year veteran of the emergency communication industry— and Sara Pratley, AlertMedia’s VP of Global Intelligence, will highlight the most critical employee safety challenges facing business leaders as organizations transition to a “new normal.” Additionally, Peter and Sara will provide real-world examples of how businesses are leveraging modern emergency communication solutions to protect employees and improve business resiliency in the wake of the global pandemic. Session attendees will learn practical tips and best practices for improving employee safety and emergency preparedness for a variety of business-critical events.

About Peter Steinfeld
Peter Steinfeld is passionate about helping organizations protect their most valuable assets: their people. He has been involved in the emergency communications industry for nearly 20 years—advising organizations on matters related to employee safety.

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About Sara Pratley
Sara Pratley is Vice President of Global Intelligence at AlertMedia, where she leads a team of experienced analysts to monitor emerging threats and incidents worldwide. Prior to joining AlertMedia, Sara was Vice President of National News for CNN’s domestic newsgathering unit, where she led the network’s coverage of major events. During her decade at the network, Sara gained an incredible ability to easily assess, analyze, and decipher information, a unique skillset that she’ll use daily at AlertMedia to help her team distill need-to-know breaking news on a global and local scale into actionable intelligence for each of AlertMedia’s customers to help keep their people safe and informed.

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BREAKOUT TRACK 3 - SESSION 2

Setting and Managing your IT Disaster Recovery Program

When:
Tuesday, March 30, 2021
12:00 p.m – 12:45 p.m. EST

Speaker:
Ray Holloman, HCA Healthcare

How do you start out with a brand new IT Disaster Recovery Program? Maybe you don’t even have any BIA to even review. This session walks through some of the fundamentals that we use to run our IT Disaster Recovery Program. Instead of a BIA, we do an Application Impact Assessments that can also feed to other areas. How do we conduct DR testing in a way sustainable way for all of the data centers that we manage? What does our After Actions/Test Report look like that gets us a response from leadership? This session will walk you through some of the major tenets of our program that we have proven to be successful building blocks for a successful program.

About Ray Holloman
Ray Holloman, C.B.C.P, M.B.A., M.S. is a Senior Business Continuity Administrator for HCA Healthcare.

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BREAKOUT TRACK 3 - SESSION 3

Getting Back to Business! Latest Information About the COVID-19 Pandemic to Inform Business Planners

When:
Tuesday, March 30, 2021
12:00 p.m – 12:45 p.m. EST

Speaker:
Dr. Lisa Koonin, Health Preparedness Partners

Now that the COVID-19 pandemic has raged on for more than a year, what should businesses be doing to continue to protect their workforce, customers, and communities? What is the status of COVID-19 vaccine and therapeutics? How should businesses prepare for office re-entry? This presentation will provide business continuity planners with an update of pandemic status and mitigation strategies, and include practical approaches for addressing when and how to re-enter the office, and other relevant COVID-19 response efforts. Businesses that implement pandemic response and recovery plans that are aligned with public health recommendations can significantly reduce harmful impacts to employees and customers, limit the negative impact of the pandemic to their business and community, and contribute to a successful recovery.

About Dr. Lisa Koonin
Dr. Lisa Koonin founded Health Preparedness Partners, LLC after her 30+ years with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Dr. Koonin is recognized as an international expert in emergency infectious disease preparedness and response.

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BREAKOUT TRACK 3 - SESSION 4

The Changing Face of Disaster Recovery: Are You Prepared to Recover Cyber-Compromised Data?

When:
Tuesday, March 30, 2021
12:00 p.m – 12:45 p.m. EST

Speakers:
Michael Shandrowski, Sungard Availability Services (Sungard AS)
John Beattie, Sungard Availability Services (Sungard AS)

The face of disaster recovery (DR) is changing, and the culprit is a threat that’s becoming increasingly common among businesses: cyberattacks/ransomware.

According to leading analysts, ransomware attacks have surged to become the second-leading cause of IT outages. And now that the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) has issued an advisory highlighting sanctions risks for ransom payments to certain entities, investing in protecting your data is more important than ever before.

Even if you have preventive controls in place to safeguard your critical data from these attacks, you need to take precautions to recover your data in the event it’s corrupted or encrypted.

Unfortunately, traditional DR plans likely aren’t going to cut it.

Recovering compromised data following a successful cyberattack is a different recovery use case and, therefore, requires a unique recovery strategy, plan and enabling capabilities.
In this session, we’ll show you how to put that strategy into place.

We’ll examine the changing threat landscape, highlighting the key differences between DR and data recovery. We’ll also break down best practices for compromised data risk management (CDRM), exploring everything from identifying your vital data assets (i.e., the data that absolutely must be recoverable) and the investments needed to protect them, to detecting and responding to attacks and recovering your compromised data.

By understanding the differences between DR and data recovery and implementing proper CDRM, you’ll be ready to recover compromised data if you fall victim to a cyberattack.

About Michael Shandrowski
As a Principal Consultant at Sungard AS, Michael Shandrowski guides organizations in the evolution of their BC and DR programs within an ever-changing threat landscape. He holds experience in all phases of availability risk management.

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About John Beattie
As a Principal Consultant at Sungard AS, John Beattie works with companies to reduce organizational risk by establishing new BC and DR programs or transforming existing ones to improve effectiveness and address cyber-compromised data recovery.

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BREAKOUT TRACK 3 - SESSION 5

Hitchhikers Guide to Data Backups - Past, Present, Future

When:
Tuesday, March 30, 2021
12:00 p.m – 12:45 p.m. EST

Speaker:
Jeremy Brovage, Converge Enterprise Cloud

Based on data being the lifeblood of your business today, join this session to learn the “The History of Data Backups with Disaster Recovery”.

With so many data backup technologies and solutions available today, its more confusing than ever to select and implement the right backup solution for your specific business requirements.

Jeremy’s session summarizes data backup systems and their changing role within the IT environment. The backup challenges we faced over the years have continued to evolve. From the 90’s and tape-based restores, to today with many other recovery tools at our disposal, backups continue to be a cornerstone of a robust data protection strategy for modern business.

About Jeremy Brovage
Jeremy Brovage is based in Hartland, MI where he serves as a Senior Solutions Architect for Converge Enterprise Cloud, a division of Converge Technology Solutions.

He has spent over 27 years working in the Information Technology field with the last 10 years at SIS, a Converge Company. Jeremy has deep professional experience in designing and supporting solutions for various technology platforms that include Intel and IBM as well as hands-on experience with the related backup technologies that support these platforms.

Over the past 5 years, he has expanded his skills in data protection to include cloud storage backup solutions.

Jeremy’s well-rounded technology and data management experience enables him to provide an insightful look back, current state summary, and forward-look at the emerging backup technologies to support your data integrity and data recovery requirements.

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BREAKOUT TRACK 3 - SESSION 6

Positioning an End-to-End Resiliency Strategy is Essential in Developing a Successful Hybrid Cloud Design.

When:
Tuesday, March 30, 2021
12:00 p.m – 12:45 p.m. EST

Speaker:
Joe Starzyk, IBM

As many firms contemplate Hybrid Cloud enterprise architectures, the need to define an end-to-end resiliency strategy is often down played or quite often over looked given the perception that it is inherent in the overall cloud design. Contrasting the flexibility for scaling technology with the need to consistently achieve business metrics for Recovery Time and Recovery Point Objectives present a very unique situation in addressing the overall risk to reward proposition.

In this session we will explore several key factors that are critical in retaining an optimum resiliency strategy that compliment the emerging hybrid cloud infrastructure. Consideration will be given to not only the design of the specific architecture for resiliency, but more importantly the impacts to business readiness, operational resilience, and significant changes towards ensuring testing methods provide demonstrable results that are in line with external regulatory demands as well as internal audit requirements.

About Joe Starzyk
Joe Starzyk has been providing Executive Consulting leadership in the design and implementation of resiliency strategies for over 40 years, working with Fortune 100 clients in the Financial Services, Insurance, Healthcare, and Retail and Distribution sectors, to name a few. Additionally, as a member of IBM’s esteemed Academy of Technology, Joe has been instrumental in defining the role for IBM within the industry with respect to Hybrid Cloud design, Cyber Resiliency strategy, and overall Operational Readiness.