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Continuity Insights and the Contingency Planning Exchange (CPE) are pleased to announce that they will combine their respective Fall 2018 conferences into one comprehensive, single-day educational event, on Monday, October 22, 2018, at the Wyndham New Yorker Hotel. Registration to the conference is open to all Continuity Insights readers, CPE members, ACP members, and all professionals from other related organizations and/or any interested/prospective attendees.

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7th Annual Continuity Insights New York Conference

A Virtual Event October 22, 2018

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8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
B1: Breakout Session
BCM Staff Development and Maintaining BCM Staff Readiness
Patrick Alesi, CEO Office, Business Continuity Management
Nomura/Contingency Planning Exchange
 Your BIAs are up to date. Your plans are perfect, down to the last detail. You’ve trained your executives, your business partners, the rank and file. But what about your staff – are they ready for a crisis? This session will cover the many aspects of keeping your BCM staff in tip-top shape such as: hiring, training and development, and managing staff during a crisis.

B2: Breakout Session
Be a Top Talent
Cheyene Marling, Executive Vice President, People Solutions & Program Analytics
A long list of certification acronyms after your last name and years of business continuity/ resiliency expertise does not translate into being a Top Talent. A Top Talent professional possesses the sought after soft skills and cognitive ability that can elevate the program, the team and the organization. The hard skills required to be successful in a role may vary on the level and between different organizations, but the soft skills are universal and do impact your career trajectory. Let’s discuss soft skills to better position your career growth at any stage.

9:45 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.
B3: Breakout Session
Future Vision of Resilience: Global Trends and Predictions
Kelsey Rose, Director of Global Operations
DRI International
Each year, the DRI Future Vision Committee assembles a report on the current issues facing resilience professionals. This session will explore what exactly it means to be a resilience professional today and how we can adapt to manage increasingly visible and complex incidents. By contrasting the findings of the Future Vision Committee with real-life incidents, Kelsey Rose will provide guidance in creating an effective resilience strategy in line with the latest industry developments around the world. 

B4: Breakout Session
Increasing Organizational Resilience by Establishing Command & Control
Tracey Rice, Vice President of Customer Engagement
Fusion Risk Management
This session presents key strategies and tactics to increase the resiliency of your organization and help your program succeed and thrive into the future. Subtle but significant adjustments can drastically improve your success. Are you in command of your program? Are you in control of what impacts resiliency? Is the core of your agenda strong and stable? Understand what leading organizations do differently with ideas that make sense from the most basic to the most complex enterprise programs. 

11:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
K1: Keynote Session
The State of New York City Preparedness
Joseph Esposito, Commissioner
NYC Emergency Management
Joseph J. Esposito was appointed Commissioner of the NYC Emergency Management in 2014. He is responsible for oversight of the City’s efforts to plan and prepare for emergencies, educate the public about preparedness, coordinate emergency response and recovery, and disseminate emergency information. With more than 40 years in public service, Esposito has dedicated his career to public safety and preparedness.

11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.
Networking, Vendor Demonstrations, and Lunch

11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
V1: Vendor Demonstration
BC in the Cloud



V2: Vendor Demonstration
Assurance Software


12:30 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
V3: Vendor Demonstration
Fusion Risk Management



V4: Vendor Demonstration
Recovery Planner 



1:15 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.
B5: Breakout Session
How to Define an Enterprise-Wide Recovery Sequence for Your Business
Robert Fucito, Vice President, Enterprise Business & Technology Resiliency
Fannie Mae
Learn how to align your business and technology recovery strategies to deliver a viable recovery sequence for your firm. In this session, Robert Fucito will demonstrate how you can dissect your organization and construct a succinct recovery plan for your business and technology under a worst case scenario.

B6: Breakout Session
Preparing to Prepare – Documenting Your Exercise
Monica Goldstein, CEO
Exercising your plans is an integral part of an organization’s resiliency strategy. You may know why you need to exercise your plans but knowing how to plan and prepare all the documents for a Business Continuity exercise is fundamental to a successful exercise. Gartner says that the prep work for an exercise is approximately 60% of an Exercise – so what are you prepping? This session will review designing exercise documentation for use pre, post, and during a Table-top exercise. Attendees will be provided with a handout that gives guidance on exercise documentation and the opportunity to apply the guidance to their own exercise.  

2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
B7: Breakout Session
The “Non-Standard BIA”
Kathleen Lucey, President
Montague Risk Management/NY Metro Chapter ACP
Faced with a client that had the results of a BIA that took two years to complete, cost $400,000, did not provide the necessary information to develop recovery plans, and where much of this information was outdated, the presenter developed a combined BIA/Risk Assessment. This allowed the rapid collection of the information necessary to develop recovery plans. It was much easier (and much faster) to get to the necessary decisions with this approach. It also provided the information necessary to complete both business unit and technology recovery plans. This approach has been used multiple times now; it is both effective and efficient. This presentation will describe how this methodology works and why it is effective.

B8: Breakout Session
Leveraging Your BCM Program in Cyber Security Incident Response
Ramesh Warrier, Managing Director
The immediate reaction to a cyber-security incident is the FUD factor (Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt); more like ‘chickens running around with their head cut off’. In the event of a data breach the RTO goes ‘out of the window’ and response is based on RTO=0. An agile response requires tested and documented Incident Response Plans – including Crisis Management, Business Continuity, and IT Disaster Recovery Plans. Automating the workflow facilitates seamless collaboration and the ability to Monitor, Measure & Manage the activities that are critical to effective Incident Response. In this presentation, learn about the various program components that will help in building an effective Incident Response.  

3:45 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.
B9: Breakout Session
BC/DR Program as a Competitive Advantage
Bob Klemme, Business Continuity Program Manager
Verizon Wireless
Your organization likely has many customers who depend on your products and services. In some cases delivering your product just-in-time will make a customer’s special day. In other cases your services make the different between life and death. This session will discuss ways to take your BC/DR program out of the back office, and into the minds of your executives and customers.

B10: Breakout Session
Sheltered Harbor – Financial Services Resilience
Robbie Atabaigi, Manager, KPMG LLP (left), and,
Joan Meltzer, Managing Director, Sheltered Harbor LLC (right)
For financial institutions, a cyber-attack that exposes their customers personal identifiable information is bad enough. But even worse is the ‘doomsday’ scenario where the hacker destroys or lock up that data, making it impossible to retrieve. To guard against that kind of panic, the financial services industry has created Sheltered Harbor, a voluntary initiative that provides financial institutions and their customers with an extra layer of protection. This session will explore the scope of the Sheltered Harbor initiative, industry adoption and key components of the solution. 

4:45 p.m. Conference Adjourns

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Additional Education

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7th Annual Continuity Insights New York Conference

A Virtual Event October 22, 2018

Don’t miss this post-Continuity Insights New York Conference educational opportunity.  Plus…Get Certified!
October 23 – 25, 2018

In partnership with DRI International, the Contingency Planning Exchange (CPE) is conducting a discounted DRI certification course. The course will be held following the 2018 Continuity Insights New York Conference and hosted at AB (Alliance Bernstein), 1345 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY.

There isn’t going to be a better chance to pursue your DRI certification than this one!

The course – Business Continuity Review (BCP 501) – is intended for those who are experienced in disaster recovery or contingency planning. Major topic areas identify most parts of a contingency or recovery plan, and also address areas included in the examination you must take in order to become a CBCP.

If you aren’t already a CPE member, there’s another great reason to take this course – you’ll receive a full-year membership to the CPE free of charge.  If you know someone who wants to take this course AND get a free CPE membership, please pass this along!

Who Should Attend
This course is designed for individuals who are involved in or manage disaster recovery or business continuity planning functions and who wish to sit for DRI’s Qualifying Exam, the first step toward earning a CBCP.  In addition, this seminar benefits contingency planners, disaster recovery coordinators and planners, operations managers, communications managers, and disaster recovery planning and recovery team members.

Please contact DRI directly and ask for Traci O’Neal at 866.542.3744 or CPE Headquarters at 212.344.4003 for the 10% discount code available to all CPE members.

Click here for Course Description and Registration.

Special Events

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7th Annual Continuity Insights New York Conference

A Virtual Event October 22, 2018

Travel Information

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7th Annual Continuity Insights New York Conference

A Virtual Event October 22, 2018

The Wyndham New Yorker: An Icon of the New York City Skyline
An Art Deco landmark, just steps from Broadway, Penn Station and the High Line. Welcome to one of New York’s most renowned hotels – a midtown icon, famous citywide for the red block lettering on its façade. Our Midtown West location puts you in the heart of Manhattan, steps from Penn Station, Times Square, the Javits Center, and innumerable attractions. 
Wyndham New Yorker
481 Eight Avenue
New York NY 10001
Other nearby hotels (we are unable to provide a conference rate at these hotels, including the Wyndham above, please check for availability)
EVEN Hotel
321 West 35th Street, New York, NY, 10001
345 West 35th Street, New York City, NY 10018
DoubleTree by Hilton
341 West 36th Street, New York City, NY 10018
Hilton Garden Inn
326 West 37th Street , New York City, NY 10018
Homewood Suites Midtown
312 West 37th Street, New York City, NY 10018


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7th Annual Continuity Insights New York Conference

A Virtual Event October 22, 2018

Continuity Insights New York Exhibitors (to date)​
Limited exhibiting opportunities still available.  Contact Robert Nakao for information at +1 (267) 980-6151 or

As the largest regional economy in the United States, the New York metropolitan area faces a litany of continuity challenges. From cyber terrorism, third-party risk, ICS, social media and crisis management, the Cloud, GRC, emergency response, and more, the immediate list of concerns is long and varied. The 2018 Continuity Insights New York, produced in partnership with the Contingency Planning Exchange, is a single-day event that will feature recognized subject matter experts sharing best practices, timely information, and leading strategies for a more resilient business community.

We are pleased for 2018 that we will be combining our annual New York conference with the Contingency Planning Exchange’s Fall event. As an exhibitor and sponsor, this ensures for you broader content, increased attendance, and greater networking opportunities. Reserve your tabletop today… Space is limited!

Exhibit Hall Hours (tentative)
Monday, October 22, 2018:
7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Various Breaks Throughout the Day

For more information about exhibiting and/or sponsorships contact:
Robert Nakao, Executive Publisher
Don Grennan


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7th Annual Continuity Insights New York Conference

A Virtual Event October 22, 2018

Here’s Who Attends Continuity Insights’ BC/DR Conferences:

• Banking/Financial: 18.20%
• Manufacturing – Computer-related: 3.66%
• Manufacturing – Other: 9.81%
• Insurance: 6.33%
• Healthcare: 7.21%
• Professional Services/Consulting: 7.21%
• IT/Data Services: 10.20%
• Telecommunications/Utilities: 2.97%
• Government (Federal, State, Local, Military): 6.63%
• Wholesale/Retail: 9.37%
• Education: 3.57%
• Communications/Media: 2.56%
• Transportation: 3.44%
• Legal/Real Estate: 1.19%
• Other: 7.65%
Job Function
• Corporate/Executive Management: 52.36%
• Financial Management: 2.96%
• IT/IS Management: 11.95%
• Internet/Interactive/New Media: 3.21%
• Risk Management: 5.32%
• Security/Safety: 3.34%
• Emergency Management: 4.56%
• Legal/Human Resources: 1.23%
• Operations/Manufacturing: 2.32%
• Planner/Coordinator: 4.77%
• Consultant/Analyst: 5.15%
• Other: 2.83%
Past Exhibitors Include: 
AccuWeather Enterprise Solutions Continuity Logic Globafone Never Fail Simpler Life Emergency Provisions
Agility Recovery COOP Systems Global Alert Link Nexis Preparedness Systems Specialized Data Systems
Airbus Crisis Management International Globalstar, LLC NEDRIX SRA International
Alert Media Dell Computer Corp Hewlett-Packard nScaled SRI Quality System Registrar
ANAB Deloitte HipLink Software Orion Registrar, Inc. Stephenson Disaster Management Inst.
AQS Management Delta Computer Group IBM Corporation Paradigm Solutions International Strategic BCP
ASIS Derdack GmbH ImagIT Preparis Strategic Crisis Advisors
Asso. of Continuity Professionals DHS Impact Weather PriceWaterhouse Strohl Systems
Avalution Consulting Dialogic inKumo Protiviti, Inc Sungard Availability Services
Axcient Disaster Resilience Leadership Academy The ICOR Quantivate LLC Symantec
BC in the Cloud Disaster Resource Guide Intertek R3 Continuum TAMP Systems
BC Management Inc. DRI International KETCHConsulting Recovery Planner The Center for Cont. Leadership
BCI USA Chapter Eagle Rock Alliance, Ltd KingsBridge Disaster Recovery Recovery Point Unitrends
BSI Early Alert, Inc. KPMG LLP Relion Venyu
Business Continuity Institute eBRP Lootok Rentsys Recovery Services Veritas
Business Continuity Services, Inc. Emergency Communications Network Mail + Gard Rescue 42 Veoci
Cassidian Ernst & Young Marsh RES-Q Disaster Recovery Services Verizon Wireless
Cervalis Everbridge MessageOne Ripcord Solutions Virtual Corporation
ClearView Continuity F24 United States Inc. MIR3 Risk Masters International Volo Recovery
CloudVelocity Fairchild Consulting MissionMode Solutions Riskpulse Weather Decision Technologies
Continuity Centers Fusion Risk Management Monarch Business Resiliency RockDove Solutions, Inc. Wellspring Info, Inc
Continuity Housing Generac Power Systems National Quality Assurance Secure 360 XMATTERS