Conferences that solve current IT challenges

Disaster Recovery / Business Continuity - Resilient Infrastructure

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

September 4, 2014


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:

  • IT Resiliency – How to Design and Leverage for Competitive Advantage

  • Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery – Enabling Business Resiliency on Campus

  • Continuity of Operations: Lessons Learned from Catastrophic Disasters

  • How to Refine Your Plan in the New Age of Cyber-Threats: Technology, Physical Security and Business Continuity

  • Cloud Recovery: How to Integrate Cloud-Based Disaster Recovery into your Company’s Existing Business Continuity Strategy

  • How to Connect with C-Level Executives to Drive Forward Your DR/BC Plan

Conference Program

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



IT Resiliency – How to Design and Leverage for Competitive Advantage

Clay Jackson, CISM, Database Systems Consultant, Dell Software; Former DBA Manager Starbucks, Washington Mutual and Darigold

The current economic climate consists of a highly competitive, 24/7 world of customer demand which affects delivery and global supply chains. If your organization cannot deliver to its customers, the customers can easily find new vendors. This dependence on technology has increased the business risks related to even to minimal service interruptions.

In this session, attendees will learn the basic framework to quantify operational risk, evaluate resiliency scenarios, identify the best solutions, and justify the investment needed.

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


Vonder Heide


Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery – Enabling Business Resiliency on Campus

Ann Simmons – Program Manager, Loyola University Chicago
Dan Vonder Heide – Director, Infrastructure Services, Loyola University Chicago

Throughout the past two years, Loyola University Chicago has invested significantly in both the personnel and capital resources needed to establish an enterprise-wide business continuity and disaster recovery strategy. We'll review the process from concept to implementation -- touching on senior leadership support, governance and funding, design and execution, and documentation and testing -- detailing those components that were most successful and sharing suggestions on opportunities for improvement. It is our hope this session will provide the insight that can help you take better control of your disaster preparedness.



Continuity of Operations: Lessons Learned from Catastrophic Disasters

Eric Kretz, Director, National Continuity Programs, Federal Emergency Management Agency

Continuity of Operations (COOP): to establish and maintain a comprehensive and effective national continuity capability in order to ensure resilience and the preservation of our form of Government, under the Constitution, and the continuing performance of National Essential Functions, Mission Essential Functions (MEFs), and Business Operations under all conditions.

Continuity planning is simply the good business practice of ensuring the execution of essential functions through all circumstances, and it is a fundamental responsibility of public institutions and private entities responsible to their stakeholders. Today’s threat environment and the potential for no-notice emergencies, including localized acts of nature, accidents, technological emergencies, and terrorist attack-related incidents, have increased the need for robust continuity capabilities and planning that enable organizations to continue their essential functions across a broad spectrum of emergencies. Today’s threats have emphasized the importance of programs that ensure continuity throughout all levels of governments.

In addition to providing an overview of Continuity of Operations, the COOP presentation will also:

  • Educate Federal, State, territorial, tribal, local government jurisdictions, private sector organizations, and emergency management practitioners on the importance of integrating Continuity into daily operations, functions, plans, and mission areas.
  • Emphasize the Federal Government’s Policy requiring Federal agencies to be prepared for unpredictable threats such as earthquakes, accidents, sabotage, and terrorism.
  • Discuss the importance for State, territorial, tribal, local government jurisdictions, private sector organizations to be prepared for unpredictable disruption of business operations.

12:30pm - 1:30pm Luncheon



How to Leverage Parallel Networking to Stem Cyber Attack and Increase Business Continuity

Kent Woodruff, Chief Security Officer, CradlePoint 

Parallel networking is the future of how organizations will define, create and manage their corporate networks. Mr. Woodruff will dive into how enterprises are creating parallel networks to stem cyber-attacks, increase business continuity and limit the amount of access points on corporate networks.

Pointing to specific examples, Mr. Woodruff will discuss how organizations of all sizes are increasingly moving away from monolithic networks to better control their corporate network, protect operational data and create faster response times when attacks occur. By adopting a parallel networking strategy, organizations are able to grow and introduce new applications, support the introduction of third party applications (Bring Your Own Network) and define operational data from non-operational and custom er facing applications.

Mr. Woodruff will highlight examples in the industry where attacks were made from a third party vendor and will detail the ramifications on the company's bottom line and impact on its overall brand. Mr. Woodruff will also point to examples of organizations leveraging the advanced speeds of 4G to improve their networks in primary and failover applications. The audience will walk away with an understanding of how leading organizations are creating networks that, by the nature of how they are set up, thwart cyber attacks.

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



Cloud Recovery: How to Integrate Cloud-Based Disaster Recovery into your Company’s Existing Business Continuity Strategy

David A. Chapa, Chief Technology Evangelist, Cloud Systems & Solutions, Seagate

Moving data and applications into the cloud can create great efficiencies for enterprises. But going down this path can also add complexity in disaster recovery/business continuity initiatives.

Recent industry studies conclude that organizations face the following challenges in a cloud environment:

  • The ability to control failovers and make resources more highly available
  • Backup being hampered by resource and storage constraints
  • Too many tools, too little control
  • Downtime perception gap – outage can actually be twice as long as it is perceived to be

Areas that will be covered include:
Data Center Infrastructure, Data Backup, Redundancy of Network and Hardware, Overall Processes, Change and Problem Management, Information Security, etc.







How to Connect with C-Level Executives to Drive Forward Your DR/BC Plan

Alan MacMillan, RSM, Code42 Software
Bill Bradford, VP, IT, Akorn Pharmaceuticals
Stacy Summers, VP, Business Continuity & Disaster Recovery, Aon Service Corporation
Cynthia Berry, Sr. Manager, Business Continuity, DeVry
Jeffrey Muehlbauer, Director, IT, Artistic Carton Company

and other professionals from IT departments sharing experiences and lessons learned

No one can predict when a disaster will occur. Although DR/BC funds should be a top priority, the reality is that many projects are competing for limited a limited IT budget. In DR/BC it can be difficult to prove ROI with absolute certainly. There does not appear to be an obvious correlation between money invested and dollars earned. As a DR/BC professional, you know that the ROI is not having the business go under. However, you must be able to justify the dollar investment or the project will not move forward.
Before you ask for that investment you need to have solid relationships with the executives you plan on approaching. How should you start building and/or strengthening those relationships?

In this session attendees will learn from a panel of seasoned DR/BC professionals as to how they built relationships that accelerated their approval for funding.

Conference Price: $279.00 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.