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

Speaker:
Peter Steinfeld, 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’a SVP of Strategic Sales Peter Steinfeld—a 20-year veteran of the emergency communication industry—will highlight the most critical employee safety challenges facing business leaders as organizations transition to a “new normal.” Additionally, Peter 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.

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.

BREAKOUT TRACK 3 - SESSION 3

Reversing Inertia: Performing a New Business Impact Analysis after Ten Years

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

Speaker:
Darla Bennett, Bonneville Power Administration

This session will take a look at the challenges faced to reestablish a regular continuity cycle. This journey begins with the unique challenges in restoring momentum lost to years of financial cuts that crippled the ability to regularly perform enhancements to the agency continuity program. Continuing onto the challenges in designing an effective means for collecting information and calibrating responses to useful scales by a limited number of interviewers across 340 organizations.

Many managers experienced a continuity themed review for the first time and had minimal exposure requiring orientation to gather useful information. Challenging encounters required the establishment of credibility for the project and respect for completing the process correctly. Specialists conducted analysis in a condensed timeframe to quickly pull trends, prioritize functions, and gain executive agreement to findings of critical path.

Communicating findings and using the report necessitated the additional work of creating actionable plans to measurably improve the organization’s resilience.

Topics include Restoring Executive Sponsorship, Project Planning and Management, Tools for Data Collection, and Managing Analysis and Reporting.

About Darla Bennett
As an Emer. Mgmt. Spec., Darla Bennett is the lead for continuity plans at Bonneville Power Administration and is responsible for the BIA. She also serves on their IMT as a Planning Section Chief. She has over 30 years in the utility industry.

BREAKOUT TRACK 3 - SESSION 4

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.

BREAKOUT TRACK 3 - SESSION 5

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.

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.

BREAKOUT TRACK 3 - SESSION 6

TBD

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