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October 3 – Disaster planning and recovery

Written by Doug Spindler
Wednesday, 06 September 2017 23:43

With 2, now 3 hurricanes disrupting business it’s time we talk about being prepared for disasters and how IT departments need to be prepared to recover from them.  Scientists are telling us Join us for our October meeting.

This meeting will take place at Microsoft’s offices at 555 California Street at 6:30.  Building security requires you RSVP to attend.  /meeting-rsvp/

Presentation Title:  How does a 180-year-old city prepare for a 1,000 year storm? 
Subtext: How do IT leaders manage expectations in the face of seemingly overwhelming odds? 
Presentation Topics:
•    Lead in with disasters
    Harvey, Irma, Maria, Mexico Earthquake, etc.
    Equifax for financial drama
o    Describe complex environment, obstacles, and consequences
    Reliable data to demonstrate need for action
o    Cover People, Processes, and Technology
o    Expectations management
o    Where breaches, incidents, and disaster recovery converge
o    Why your company needs to get prepared now for a variety of incidents
    A small time investment covers a wide range of issues
    Simple steps that go a long way toward meeting compliance
    Planning now can reduce costs later
o    Examples of prepared and unprepared
    Contrast two examples to illustrate consequences of preparation
o    What you can do and how
    Start simply and layer on
    Frameworks
    Exercises and tabletops
o    How to persuade your leadership to act
Presenter Bio: Mark Simmerman is a CISSP and the senior security engineer for Intivix, a leading MSP based in San Francisco for over 20 years. Mark is a retired Master Sergeant with the US Army and California National Guard having served in Military Intelligence and Military Police, including a combat tour in OEF in Afghanistan in 2010-11.  Mark has worked in IT for 18 years, supporting companies like Annie’s Inc. which grew from a relatively small food manufacturer to over a 750 MM company that had to rapidly become SOX 404 compliant.  Mark’s professional focus is on persuading and engaging small and medium businesses to enhance their security posture to meet the needs of defending against today’s growing threats.