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Disaster Recovery / Business Continuity
Designing the Resilient Framework

April 17, 2008

9:00am-5:00pm

7 CPE / 0.7 CEU / CISSP / 7 PDU Credits Awarded

   

Conference location: Donald E. Stephens Convention Center Rosemont (O'Hare) Illinois

Overview

According to leading analysts more than 80 percent of IT decision-makers at both large and medium-sized businesses view business continuity and availability as an increased priority and key to sharpening their competitive business edge worldwide.

But how do you design a plan that meets the objectives of both the IT organization as well as the needs of the internal customers?

What You Will Learn

In this one day conference attendees will learn:

  • How to implement a comprehensive risk management strategy to support the needs of the enterprise
  • How proper BCM can be a key component of an enterpriseís risk management framework
  • How to understand the needs of various internal customers/stakeholders
  • How to improve overall business resiliency
  • How to minimize impact to your organizationís
  • How to test and implement the plan
  • How to measure effectiveness through SLAs
  • How to minimize gaps between recovery capabilities and enterprise requirements
  • How to handle crisis management
  • How to justify investments to achieve 100% availability
  • How to gain commitment for your plan from management

Conference Program

8:00am - 9:00am - Registration and Continental Breakfast

Chapa

9:00am-10:00am

Avoiding DR/BC Communication Confusion: Understanding and Articulating the Different Disciplines

David A. Chapa, Director, Backup and Recovery, Solutions Marketing, NetApp 

Disaster Recovery migrated to Business Continuity and now there are other disciplines within the industry including HA, RTO, RPO, EM, RM & CM. But what do all of these mean in the context of Business Continuity for Your Organization? Since DR/BC professionals within IT must be on the same page as their supporters in other departments, it is imperative that all professionals have an in-depth understanding of how all these areas interrelate and how they are different.

But most importantly, IT and the extended enterprise must be using the same lexicon when preparing for and working through potential disasters.

In this session attendees will learn:

  • How to effectively articulate these specific disciplines as well as their interdependencies and differences to management and stakeholders
  • How to positively affect sponsorship and funding through a comprehensive understanding of these areas
  • How to determine who is responsible for what; in and out of your DR/BC organization.

10:00am -10:30am - Refreshment Break

Hradnansky

10:30am-11:30am

Mitigating Risk: How an Effective Enterprise Risk Management Framework can Improve the Outcome of Your DR/BC Planning

Paulette Hradnansky, Senior Director IT, Supply Chain Systems, Motorola

Catastrophes over the last several years have caused most organizations to reassess their investments in Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity Planning. Some organizations may have overspent while others may have invested too little. By taking a risk-management approach to business continuity planning, IT professionals can determine what minimum countermeasures and response procedures are vital to meet your organization's business needs.

This session will help attendees insure that their investment in countermeasures and response procedures is correctly aligned with the potential impact of catastrophic disasters or disruption.

Topics covered that will be covered include:

  • How to design an effective risk management framework in the context of business continuity planning
  • How to apply a business impact analysis (BIA)
  • How to use the results of the BIA to understand where your dollars should be spent
  • How to determine the ROI to management to justify the right amount of investment for your DR/BC plan

Jablonski

11:30am-12:30pm

Next Generation: How to Insure that DR Processes are Keeping Up with the Evolution of Your Information Systems

Kevin Jablonski, VP of Technology, Anue Systems

As IT becomes more aligned to business needs, next generation applications have been designed to help move the enterprise forward. What happens when you are using legacy technology to support those applications? For most companies, business operations have become dependent on real time information systems. Have you given thought to making sure your DR/BC processes are supporting the dynamic IT needs of your organization?

In this session attendees will learn:

  • Where they are on the Disaster Recovery Curve
  • How to migrate to a High Availability environment
  • Pitfalls to avoid during planning, migration and after migration phases

12:30pm - 1:30pm Luncheon

Crump

1:30pm-2:30pm

IT Continuity of Operations: How to Minimize the Gaps Between Your Recovery Capabilities and Functional Requirements of the Enterprise

George Crump, Founder, Storage Switzerland

Understanding the business needs of your organization is essential so that your DR/BC Plan can be mapped to the functional requirements of the organization. But what happens when you find there are gaps between your recovery capabilities and the needs of your enterprise?

In this session attendees will learn:

  • How to understand and prioritize the requirements of the enterprise
  • How to map these requirements into your plan
  • How to lessen the gaps between capabilities and requirements
  • How to modify the plan in the future to prevent gaps from happening

2:30pm - 3:00pm - Refreshment Break

Winskowicz

3:00pm-4:00pm

Lessons Learned from Katrina - Best Practices for Emergency Communications During a Disaster

Troy Winskowicz, Director, Notification Services, MessageOne

This session will share lessons learned about emergency communication from Katrina, as well as from smaller, localized and potentially dangerous events. Examples include; fires, floods, IT failures and power outages. In order to shorten and streamline the recovery process, organizations need to be able to do three things when a crisis strikes: locate and communicate with all employees; manage the situation from initial impact through complete recovery; and measure progress and performance on specific tasks related to the recovery effort. Since organizations have found that they cannot depend on their internal or external infrastructure during a crisis, any solution or plan must be always available.

  • How to design an emergency communication plan that works regardless of the circumstances
  • How to shorten and streamline the recovery process
  • How to determine the key ingredients to a successful crisis communication plan
  • How to support your personnel and their family during a disaster scenario

Revak

Marchik

Budzik

Ferenzi

4:00pm-5:00pm

How to Get Buy-In for Your Business Continuity Plan

Moderator, Tim Lund, Storage Executive, Dell, Inc.
Panelists: Gregg Revak, Vice President, IT Operations & Technical Support, FirstGroup America,
Dan Marchik, Disaster Recovery Coordinator, Centegra Health System,
Marcin Budzik, Security and Compliance Manager, CISSP, Fort Dearborn Company,
John M. Ferenzi, formerly, MDB-IT Global Disaster Recovery & Business Resiliency, Motorola

In this session, a panel of enterprise IT/DR professionals will share their experiences with getting buy-in from management. Content that will be covered includes:

  • Discussion of major catalysts that force management to buy-in to the plan
  • How to work through the challenge if management does not understand their role.
  • What can you do to make sure you get management commitment and ensure that you do not lose it?
  • What should you do if disaster recovery loses priority among other projects?
  • How to fight for funding.
  • How should you prioritize items in your DR/BC plan if budget is limited?

Conference price: $249 per person.


Each attendee will receive a certificate awarding 7 CPE credits for CISSP continuing education, in addition to 0.7 CEUs and 7 PDUs. CISSP is a registered certification mark of (ISC)≤, Inc.

Exhibits

As is always the case at CAMP IT Conferences events, the talks will not include product presentations.  During the continental breakfast, coffee breaks, and the luncheon break you will have the opportunity to informally meet representatives from the following sponsoring companies, who have solutions in the area of the conference.