1 NorthEast Disaster Recovery Information X-Change 2015 ANNUAL CONFERENCE Sunday, October 25 to Wednesday, October 28 Hyatt Regency Newport 1 Goat Island, Newport, Rhode Island The Premier Information Network for Continuity Professionals
2 The NEDRIX conference is regionally focused but provides our attendees the same content and topics as larger, national conferences, while being able to reduce travel time and costs to gain the same knowledge/experience. We understand that each individual and company must be selective with their conference attendance and budget. NEDRIX focuses on ensuring that each topic is dynamic and relevant to today s business concerns, both nationally and locally. More importantly, we provide a lower conference fee than other conferences to ensure that individuals and companies are able to attend without blowing their budgets. You can have input to our topics and speaker selection. If you want a topic or speaker to appear at one of our conferences, just ask! We will see what we can do. Further, please join one of our committees to work on our events. Conference Schedule SUNDAY Exhibitor & Attendee Registrations Opens Welcome Reception & Cocktail Sip 5:00pm 7:00pm 5:00pm 7:00pm
4 SUNDAY, OCTOBER 25, :00PM 7:00PM EXHIBITOR AND ATTENDEE REGISTRATION 5:00PM 7:00PM WELCOME RECEPTION Hosted by NEDRIX MONDAY, OCTOBER 26, :30AM 8:30AM ATTENDEE NETWORKING BREAKFAST 8:30AM 9:00AM OPENING REMARKS Tim Patterson, NEDRIX President 9:00AM 10:00AM KEYNOTE SPEAKER Dan Waldschmidt An EDGY Conversation About Disaster Recovery By examining real situations of high performers who achieved mind-blowing success, Dan will have an intimate discussion about why they succeeded with outrageous results by overcoming extreme difficulties. He s spent thousands of hours studying these unlikely high performers, and he s eager to share with those who want more out of life. Dan will share the defining qualities that drive ordinary people to achieve outrageous success regardless of the odds stacked against them extreme behavior, disciplined activity, a giving mindset, and a human strategy. The stories he shares will leave you spellbound and motivated to create an outrageous success story of your own. 10:00AM 10:15AM BREAK AND VENDOR EXHIBITS
5 10:15AM 11:15AM GENERAL SESSION TBD Civil Disturbance More Information To Come TBD 11:20AM 12:05PM BREAKOUT SESSION Dan Sarazen Technical: A Lightning Tour of Information Technology General Controls This presentation covers the most common controls tested during an Information Technology General Controls (ITGC) review. From Information Security Policy, guidelines, standards and written procedures, through specific audit tests; we'll go over what you should expect from an ITGC audit, and how to prepare now. Using real world examples, we will skim the surface of key controls that protect the confidentiality, integrity and availability of organizations critical systems and data. We'll also review some of the disastrous results organizations have historically faced when the controls were not in place, or not deployed effectively. 11:20AM 12:05PM BREAKOUT SESSION Greg Synder, BC in the Cloud How to Choose and Implement the Best of Each Planning Guideline and Standard to Quickly Improve Your Business Continuity Program With all of the current planning guidelines and standards it can be confusing to know which one to follow and how it will benefit your organization and/or if your organization is even structured in a way to map to any single one. This session will focus on how to quickly improve any program by adopting key areas from guidelines and standards such as ISO 22301, ISO 22313, NFPA 1600, FINRA Rule 4370, and more. 12:10PM 1:00PM LUNCH
6 1:00PM 2:00PM GENERAL SESSION Nancy Hightshoe, M.A. Effective Business Presentations Selling Yourself and Your Ideas The ability to competently deliver effective, persuasive presentations is an essential skill for NEDRIX professionals, whether called on to present information to corporate and financial decision-makers, colleagues, direct reports or the press. It s critical to present your information tailored so that your listener will HEAR what you are presenting. Each of us has developed a personality which is as unique as our fingerprints. In addition, we each fit into a behavioral style which, to a large degree, determines: - Whether we are oriented toward product, process or relationship and - What will persuade us to take action or to purchase a service or product. Learn about YOUR behavioral style and how to tailor your presentations to each of the people you need to inform, influence or persuade. 2:05PM 2:50PM BREAKOUT SESSION Dale Makowski Informational Best Practices for Implementing, Testing & Using a Cloud Based Communication System With literally hundreds of notification services available, how do you select the best one for your company? Dale Makowski, with more than 9 years of BCM experience, will explain how a fire in their headquarters in 2013 helped convince management that enhanced communications tools made sense. She will take you through her organization s decision making process to acquire a system, how she structured the system, and how to integrate a system into operations. She will also discuss how user training and testing are the keys to ongoing success.
7 2:05PM 2:50PM BREAKOUT SESSION Rob Burton, PreparedX 5 Steps to Creating, Delivering & Evaluating a Tabletop Exercise Tabletop Exercises bring together heads of lines of business and leaders of business processes to evaluate their state of readiness for crisis management, disaster recovery, and business continuity. Realistic scenarios are presented in an engaging, low-stress environment, where teams walk through their plans for responding to an unfolding situation. Participants are presented an evolving set of facts and circumstances that require them to make a series of real-time decisions. The goal is to test both their established plans and their ability to respond to unanticipated events. 2:50PM 3:10PM BREAK AND VENDOR EXHIBITS 3:10PM 4:15PM GAME SHOW Liz Borza & Team Business Continuity/Disaster Management Jeopardy TBD
8 This session will be a tremendous opportunity to view the products and services of each vendor. View the product demonstrations and make invaluable contacts for the future. 4:15PM - 5:30PM EXHIBITOR BREAKOUT SESSION 4:15PM 4:30PM PRODUCT DEMO S Emergency Notification 4:35PM 4:50PM PRODUCT DEMO S Business Continuity Software 4:55PM 5:10PM PRODUCT DEMO S Cloud Software 5:15PM 5:30PM PRODUCT DEMO S Strategic Products 5:30PM 6:30PM EXHIBITOR HAPPY HOUR
9 TUESDAY, OCTOBER 27, :30AM 8:30AM ATTENDEE NETWORKING BREAKFAST 8:30AM 8:45AM OPENING REMARKS Tim Patterson, NEDRIX President 8:45AM 9:45AM PANEL DISCUSSION David Carabin The BRIC TBD 9:45 AM 10:15 AM BREAK AND VENDOR EXHIBITS 10:15AM 11:00AM BREAKOUT SESSION Informational Level: Intermediate/Advanced - TBD 10:15AM 11:00AM BREAKOUT SESSION William Berry Risk Management Assessment
10 11:05AM 12:05PM GENERAL SESSION Matthew Putvinski & Tracy Hall Vendor Management Enhancing Your Due Diligence and BCP Strategies Specific to Third Party Providers Many companies are relying more and more on third party vendors for outsourcing critical technologies and services. It has become increasingly important for organizations to investigate the resiliency and availability of critical vendors. This presentation will focus on key areas of vendor due diligence as well as areas of a Business Continuity program that may require enhancement to incorporate service providers. Discussions will include third-party management, testing with critical vendors and cyber resilience considerations. 12:10PM 1:00PM LUNCH 1:00PM 2:00PM BREAKOUT SESSION Dr. Steven Goldman Work Successfully with BCP/DRP Consultants to Achieve Nirvana The time may come (or has already arrived) when you need outside expertise for your BCP or DRP program. Although BCP/DRP consultants come in all sizes, shapes, and areas of expertise, there are some guiding principles that you should know when choosing and working with them. In this valuable and informative session, you will learn how to find BCP/DRP consultants, define the scope, types of contracts, negotiations, and select the right one. Then you will learn how to best work with and manage your consultants, get the results you want, avoid mistakes, and deal with problems. Included are Dr. Steve s Top Ten Questions to Ask before Selecting a Consultant and Practical Guidelines to get the Most from your Consultant with Zenlike Satisfaction for All.
11 1:00PM 2:00PM BREAKOUT SESSION Dr. Carol Sharicz Personal Development Connecting the Dots: Making Effective Decisions When You Don t Have All the Info! We all make decisions every single day. How do we know we are making the best possible decision? Dr. Carol Sharicz has developed a new model to help with the process that can be used even among all the uncertainty that we all face. It is called the 4-D Model of Decision Making. The 4 Ds each represent a step in the process that is clear to understand and to use. Participants will learn about the process and try it out! Carol presented this model to the 2014 NEHRA (Northeast Human Resources Association) Annual Conference and received rave reviews. 2:00 PM 2:30 PM BREAK AND VENDOR EXHIBITS 2:30PM 5:00PM SIMULATION EXERCISE Michael Herrera Mock Disaster Exercise TBD 5:00 PM 6:00PM WINE DOWN HOUR
12 WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 28, :30AM 8:30AM NETWORKING & BREAKFAST BUFFET 8:30AM 8:45AM OPENING REMARKS Tim Patterson, NEDRIX President 8:45AM 9:45AM GENERAL SESSION Tricia Griffin-Carty Get Attention, Get Results: Tell A Story! We ve all been there. Hearing a presentation on an important topic whose message is clouded by an overwhelming array of statistics and power point slides. No question: this content is important! Yet, many of our messages do not seem to connect with our audiences and produce desired results. The solution? Tell a story. The research is in. Well-crafted, concise, compelling stories create images in the listener s mind that last long after the presentation (or conversation) is over. Today, whether giving an update, pitching a new idea or securing funding or resources, stories can influence outcomes. This highly interactive session will provide practical tools for those in the NEDRIX community to get their message across in a way that increases the odds for action on the part of the listener. During the session, participants will do the following: Learn a critical first step: how to identify stories in your environment that resonate with managers, colleagues and decision-makers. Apply a three-step model to customize your story for specific groups. Start with the basics and move from a straightforward account to a story that includes both logic and emotion. Create a tracking system that reduces time spent looking for the right story for a specific audience. 9:45 AM 10:00 AM BREAK 10:00AM 11:00AM GENERAL SESSION Eric Fisher WBZ Severe Weather Preparedness in New England
13 11:00AM 12:00PM GENERAL SESSION TBD TBD TBD Organizing Committee: Tim Patterson, President Rose Schofield, Secretary Lornette Weekes, Program Scott Hudson, Treasurer Renee Garrahan, Business Strategy Ian Costello, Public Private Sector (PPS)