Disaster recovery, emergency response and business continuity plans are usually developed when no disaster exists. We think we’ve covered all contingencies. We think we’ve trained all the appropriate players. We’ve tested. We’ve re-tested. We think we’re ready to face whatever event there is looming out their with our name on it! The real world has a nasty habit of triggering disasters at the least opportune time, often featuring a twist that throws plans into disarray.
This presentation focuses on three real-world plans, each of which with a fatal flaw. We will discuss elements that should be in a plan beyond the normal guidance from the Disaster Recovery Institute (DRI) and a set of actions that should be included in planning and preparation.
- Understand what disasters are facing your disaster recovery sites
- Understand the logistics of getting people to the right place
- Be ready for a “half disaster”
About Valerie Thomas
Valerie Thomas is an executive consultant for Securicon LLC that specializes in social engineering and physical penetration testing. After obtaining her bachelor’s degree in electronic engineering, Thomas led information security assessments for the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) before joining private industry. Throughout her career, Thomas has conducted penetration tests, vulnerability assessments, compliance audits and technical security training for executives, developers and other security professionals. Additionally, she has presented at multiple BSides events, Derbycon, Blackhat, Defcon, HackMiami and several other conferences.
About Harry Regan
Harry Regan, CISSP, CISM, PSP, is VP of security consulting services for Securicon, LLC, a company specializing in security services for critical infrastructure and regulated industries. For nearly 40 years, Regan has worked in areas of technology, security and privacy, holding senior positions and participating with a dozen new technology companies. Regan has worked in commercial, federal and defense arenas in executive, senior technical staff and consulting roles. He has extensive experience with threat and vulnerability assessments, technology countermeasures, system control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems, building and industrial infrastructure protection and security/privacy program management. He received a bachelor of arts in economics from Catholic University and a master of science in information technology and operations research from American University, and has been a prolific speaker of a number of security topics including featured interviews on CNN and NBC regarding the operability and effectiveness biometrics and other security technologies.