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:

  • Value of Investment – Balancing Data Corruption, Disaster Recovery, and Cost
  • Cyber Security & BC/DR: Recovering from Ransomware & Breaches
  • Reducing the Cost of DR and Lowering your Risk Profile
  • Cloud Architecture: DR in the Cloud, DC Failover in Near Real Time
  • 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: Value of Investment – Balancing Data Corruption, Disaster Recovery, and Cost


General Grant, Executive Consultant, US Signal


For decades, enterprises have worked to get their Recovery Point from days, to hours, to seconds. Today, ransomware and data corruption are challenging and forcing enterprises to develop new but often counter-intuitive approaches to business continuity. This session will provide strategies for balancing these conflicts while still allowing for sub-second disaster recovery RPO.



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

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


Edward Marchewka, Director of Information & Technology Services,Gift of Hope Organ & Tissue Donor Network


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:  Reducing the Cost of DR and Lowering your Risk Profile


Annur Sumar, Chief Technology Officer, MaeTech,  Microsoft MVP, Former Vice President of IT D&P


Learn modern strategies on how enterprises can make IT investments available for data replication. Annur will present frameworks on how toHRecovery Time Objective (RTO) from days to hours, and Recovery Point Objective (RPO) from hours t minutes. This session will give you some ideas how to better build your infrastructure while improving your Disaster Recovery posture.



12:30pm – 1:30pm Luncheon

1:30pm-2:30pm:  Cloud Architecture: DR in the cloud, DC Failover in Near Real Time


Dean Sharp, Global Network Architect, Manpower;  CTO of Lakeside Information Systems


Content that will be covered:

  • New DR trends
  • How to make DR easier
  • How to encourage the business to pay for DR and what should be encompassed
  • Moving DR into the cloud



2:30pm – 3:30pm: Refreshment Break

3:00pm-4:00pm: Breakout Session: Real World Scenarios


Leader: Jeff Roseman, Director IT Infrastructure & Security, Wilton Brands


In this session, attendees will break out into groups and be presented with real world scenarios that have happened our could happen and how as a team the group needs to respond.



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


Aaron King, RSM, US Signal
Jeff Roseman, Director IT Infrastructure & Security, Wilton Brands
Josh Krzych, Director of Technical Services, CROPP Cooperative
Dan Johnson, BCDR Manager, Ensono
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


Roseman     Johnson

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.