Disaster Recovery / Business Continuity – Resilient Infrastructure: Chicago


Strategies to help protect and recover your organization’s most critical data.


April 19, 2018




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


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




Your system crashing is inevitable! Never mind the reason. The goal is to make sure you have an infrastructure that is as resilient as possible so that it can meet business needs in the event of a disaster. There are steps you can take to maximize your availability and prevent significant downtime.


The content of this one day conference will help you in determining the right level of availability protection, how to design, implement, test and get management buy-in for a highly reliable network infrastructure.


Who Should Attend:

DR Managers
Infrastructure & Security Managers


What You Will Learn


In this one day conference attendees will learn:

  • ROI of Business Continuity: Focus on Articulating Business Value
  • Cyber Security & BC/DR: Recovering from Ransomware & Breaches
  • Reduce Cost of IT AND Lower Your Risk Profile
  • Where is Data Protection Today?
  • Metrics and Business Interruption
  • Business & IT: How to Set the Right IT DR Expectations (panel discussion)

Conference Program

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

9:00am-10:00am: ROI of Business Continuity: Focus on Articulating Business Value



ROI has always been a challenge to articulate to the business. Instead of trying to prove specific ROI, this session will focus the actual business continuity value proposition. How do you start the conversation and focus on making the organization more resilient rather than just ROI? This session will provide you with anecdotes and suggestions to help you drive the ‘value’ conversation versus just focusing on ROI.



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

10:30am-11:30am: Cyber Security & BC/DR: Recovering from Ransomware & Breaches



Seasoned practitioners are aware that BC/DR practices can reduce the cost of cyber breaches. But breaches will still occur and they will happen with greater frequency. How do you leverage all that DR/BC can offer to reduce the risk and mitigate the effects?


In this session attendees will learn:

  • How DR/BC teams can work together more effectively to plan for a breach
  • How you can improve recovery times from a breach
  • How to strengthen the resiliency of your infrastructure to reduce the risk if these incidents



11:30am-12:30pm:  Reduce Cost of IT AND Lower Your Risk Profile



Learn how an end-user organization leveraged used technology refresh and replatform opportunities to make IT investments available for data replication. Hear how they reduced Recovery Time Objective (RTO) from 4 days to 12 hours, and Recovery Point Objective (RPO) from 30 hours to 5 minutes. This session will give you some ideas how to save money while improving your Disaster Recovery position!



12:30pm – 1:30pm Luncheon

1:30pm-2:30pm:  Where is Data Protection Today?



Data storage has advanced incredibly in many aspects over the past twenty years.
Has data protection kept up?


We will review how data protection has evolved and what are the main challenges in protecting your data today.



2:30pm – 3:30pm: Refreshment Break

3:30pm-4:30pm:  Metrics and Business Interruption



Topics that will be covered:

  • Setting the Stage
  • Measures v Metrics
  • Quick Poll – What metrics do you use for BC/DR?
  • KPIs and KRIs
  • Aggregation
  • Quick Poll – Which is most closely associated to BC/DR?
  • Aggregation – Relationships
  • BCDR Game (Interactive)
  • Using Aggregation to Guide Resource Allocation
  • Tactical Metrics Can Be KRIs
  • List of Tactical Metrics
  • Questions and Contact Info



4:00pm-5:00pm: Business & IT: Planning with the End in Mind – How to Bake BC/DR Into Everything You Do (panel discussion)


Panelists will feature:
Jeff Roseman, Director IT Infrastructure & Security, Wilton Brands
Josh Krzych, Director of Technical Services, CROPP Cooperative
and other executives from IT departments


In this session attendees will learn how to better set expectations with the business by getting ahead of the curve with a BC/DR first mentality towards every initiative.


Areas that will be covered:

  • How to start with a BC/DR first mentality
  • How to review the plan with the business
  • Adjusting for new business application priorities
  • How the teams should respond together in the wake of a disaster



Conference Price: $289.00 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)², Inc.



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.