Business Continuity Awareness Week runs May 15-19, 2017 and DRIE is celebrating through the month of May.

This year's theme for Business Continuity Awareness Week (BCAW) 2017 is Cyber Resilience. Disaster Recovery Information Exchange (DRIE) Toronto supports BCAW 2017 with an awareness campaign that will take place between Monday, May 8th and Thursday, May 25th, 2017.

"As the world becomes more and more digital, so do the threats that it faces. Just as we need to protect our organizations from disruptions that occur in the physical world, so it is important that we also have plans in place to deal with disruptions in the virtual world." Source Business Continuity Institute BCAW 2017

The Disaster Recovery Information Exchange is a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing Business Continuity professionals and information together. DRIE joined together with several major partners to promote and support Business Continuity Awareness Week across Canada.

Sign up for a webinar! The full list of BCAW Webinars can be found below.

Download BCAW posters and images from http://www.thebci.org/index.php/posters

We encourage you to check out DRIE and our partner sites. Visit our 2017 BCAW events page for other BCAW events.

For more information about BCAW in Canada, contact events@toronto.drie.org

BCAW 2017 Webinar Schedule
Monday, May 08, 2017, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Registration URL: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4456743221995274755

Planning and Execution of a Disaster Recovery Live System Exercise
This presentation covers how to plan for and execute a successful Disaster Recovery Live System Exercise. Key Points that an attendee will take away from the presentation:
  • How to approach and plan a live DR exercise
  • Risks and mitigations in preparing for the exercise
  • Executing the exercise and follow up actions
  • Observations from exercises
Presenter: Dennis Lenard
  dennis.lenard@cgi.com or denlenard@gmail.com

Dennis Lenard, PMP, CBCP, MBCI is a Senior Technical Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity Consultant.  With over 35 years of experience in industry, he offers expertise in the areas of business continuity, IT disaster recovery, project management, IT security operations and IT Management. Mr. Lenard holds certifications in project management, business continuity and ITIL.
Currently with CGI he has aided clients with analysis, creation, and exercise of their Disaster Recovery environments. Mr. Lenard’s background includes experience as a senior management professional with a proven track record of providing teams/projects with direction, process, and automation to maximize efficiency, improve service levels, and gain cost reductions via transformation and re- engineering.

Monday, May 08, 2017, 2:30pm - 3:30pm
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Evaluating and Reporting on Resilience Risks and Exposures for Third Party technology Service Provider Arrangements?
Canadian financial services organizations are increasingly reliant on third party technology service providers.  With this level of reliance comes the responsibility to independently
  • Evaluate the adequacy of each technology service provider’s business continuity plans, disaster recovery plans and crisis/emergency response capabilities
  • Report on the inherent and residual risks associated with these external service provider arrangements.
  • This webinar will outline the Royal Bank of Canada’s approach to achieving these objectives.
Presenter: Russell Dyer
Russell Dyer is a Director in the Enterprise Services division of the Royal Bank of Canada.  A past Director of the Toronto Chapter of the Information Systems Audit and Control Association, Russell has over 20 years of experience in the management of a variety of external and internal audit assignments in multiple industries and countries.

He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial Management, a Master of Science degree in Accounting as well as professional designations in public accounting, information technology risk management, information systems audit and control.

Mr. Dyer represents RBC on a variety of financial services industry working groups specializing in emergency management, business continuity planning, and the resilience capabilities of systemically significant payment clearing and settlement systems.

Tuesday, May 09, 2017, 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Registration URL: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5046548746925204995

Overcoming 3 Modern Day Critical Communications Challenges
In today’s modern world, Business Continuity professionals have to deal with critical communication challenges which weren’t prevalent, and in some cases didn’t even exist, just a few short years ago. More technology is available than ever before, the number and severity of disruptive events has increased significantly, and workforces have become progressively more distributed and mobile. This webinar offers up ways you can use current technology to solve three common problems faced today.

Presenter: Ron Reddick

Ron has 20+ years’ experience in communications and technology with a focus on Security, Emergency Management and Business Continuity. He is the Director of Sales at Everbridge (www.everbridge.com), responsible for the Canadian Market. Ron sits on the Board of Directors at the SECOPS Institute (www.secopsinstitute.com) and is a member of Public Safety Canada Platform for Disaster Risk Resilience Private Sector Partnerships Working Group. 

Wednesday, May 10, 2017, 11:30am - 12:30pm
Registration URL: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7279511727467047937

How to Defend against Cybercrime with Cognitive Security
For many organizations today, the Senior Management team needs to review and understand key risk issues that have the potential to impact an organization’s operational ability, impact to brand reputation and damage to bottom lines.  Understanding key risk issues driven by new technology such as Watson Cyber Security, can help businesses identify and prevent problems, address the challenges and prioritize risk mitigation initiatives.

Presenter: Willie Wong

Willie Wong is a Security Leader at IBM Canada.  He has 30+ years of information technology experience with over half of that experience focused on IT Risk.  During this time, Willie has worked in many domains including Security Consulting, Security testing, Security Incident response,  Business Continuity, resource deployment, application development, programming, systems analysis, architecture and design, system integration, network services, systems management, Sales and marketing, Internet Service Provider services and process re-engineering.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017, 1:30pm - 2:30pm
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Managing Small Business Cybercrime Events
While businesses notably rely on the Business Continuity Plans for guidance through recovering from a man-made or natural disaster such as earthquake, flood or fire, cyber resiliency is far more than just developing and executing your business continuity plan to prevent bankruptcy. It’s about having protective controls of the ‘data’ entrusted to you to prevent the ‘bad guys’ from stealing and selling it to an underground market.  We cannot fully eliminate risk but we can take appropriate steps to reduce it and plan to mitigate problems as they arise. Cybercrime events involve law enforcement and managing your business public image. This webinar discusses steps on how to prepare your business for handling threats and vulnerabilities in a digital environment.

Presenter: Hazel Gooding

Hazel Gooding is an independent consultant/advisor who helps emerging small business owners assess their business ideas for uniqueness and identify their knowledge, skills and experience for running a profitable small business.  Hazel has enjoyed a 25+year career in Corporate Canada in Information System and Technology – specifically in banking and telecommunications. Since 1991, Hazel has worked as an independent  business consultant with clients in Canada, USA and Western Europe.

Thursday, May 11, 2017, 10:00am - 11:00am
Registration URL: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8155956635159942147

Operational Risk, What is it? How does BCM fit in?
Operational Risk Management is an international regulatory requirement for all Financial Institutions (FIs) globally.  It covers all risk areas that are not Credit or Market related.  FI’s must demonstrate coverage, and outputs from ORM programs are used to model the amount of capital that each institution sets aside in the event that risks actualize.  Losses in Operational Risk have increased exponentially since the global financial crisis in 2008.  This presentation seeks to define and describe the Operational Risk Management program in a large financial institution and how BCM fits into this process and the definition of the overall Risk Profile.

Presenter: Karen Kemp 

Karen Kemp is a member of the Technology and Operations group in RBC.  She has global responsibility for Operational Risk Management in Global Technology Infrastructure, Enterprise Operations and Payments and the IT Risk Centre of Governance.   Operational Risk in RBC has 18 defined risks areas including Business Continuity Management, Third Party, Project, Anti Money Laundering, Fraud, Security and Information Risk. She has over 25 years of risk, technical and logistical experience in private industry and the military. She is a member of numerous associations and is certified by The Business Continuity Institute, Disaster  Recovery Institute International and Information Systems Audit and Control Association (CISA, CRISC).

Monday, May 15, 2017, 8:00am - 9:00am
Registration URL: https://www.brighttalk.com/webcast/1476/256189/resiliency-orchestration-in-the-hybrid-era

Resiliency orchestration in the hybrid era
Are you confident in your IT recovery program?
In today’s hybrid IT environment, interconnected, mission-critical applications run across diverse platforms and geographies. The manual DR process traditionally followed requires huge time, resource and efforts to scale up DR management for all critical IT assets. This leads to critical IT resources being excluded from DR programs. As per a recent survey, IBM found that 78% of enterprises face unacceptable risk for core enterprise IT resources.
With growing threat of cyber breaches, assured resiliency to support business objectives requires a new approach, including constant, intelligent monitoring and proactive action to achieve DR SLAs.

In this webinar:
  • Learn how Resiliency Orchestration is transforming Resiliency.
  • Explore the complexity of hybrid environments and the roadblocks behind DR and Business Continuity.
  • Understand the benefits of Resiliency Orchestration and how it can enhance confidence in your cyber resilience program.
 Presenter: IBM

Monday, May 15, 2017, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Registration URL: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6385977110418109954

Scenario analysis: Impact of a catastrophic and prolonged CI failure on a large organization
Whenever a major disruptive event catches people, companies or nations off-guard, it is frequently said how the event was u unthinkable, unforeseen, or a “black swan”.  And yet, most events can be envisioned, analyzed and even anticipated with some imagination and time.  This talk will show an example of exploration and analysis of one improbable event: a massive and prolonged Internet outage.  It will also cover some key findings and recommendations for risk assessors, scenario analysts and resilience managers.

Presenter: Arsen Shirokov

Arsen Shirokov has worked in the financial sector for over 15 years, holding leadership and technical positions in security and risk management. Throughout his career, he has focused on building advanced capabilities such as cyber threat intelligence, advanced security analytics and cyber simulation exercises. In his current role as Director, Information Security Strategy at CIBC, Arsen is collaborating with many stakeholders enterprise-wide on developing strategic priorities and guiding principles for the Bank’s Information Security Program.
For over a decade, Arsen has been an active member of the Canadian security community, including security and fraud forums under the Canadian Bankers Association and Bank of Canada. He is also involved in a number of collaboration and information sharing initiatives in the critical infrastructure sectors, focused on security and threat management.
Arsen holds several professional designations including CISSP and CISA.  He has presented at events organized by the Information Security Forum, Interbank Contingency Planning Committee and the International Association of Financial Crime Investigators.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017, 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Registration URL: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8646459767799924225

Untangling the Web of Cyber Risk: An Insurance Perspective
As we enter the 4th Industrial Revolution, the pace of technological change continues to accelerate leaving the insurance industry to catch up. As the market continues to evolve, we must reflect on the changing nature of assets and exposures in order to design an effective and holistic insurance risk management program. The goal of this session is to provide useful and practical information on what cyber insurance is and isn’t, to objectively explore whether it has utility in supporting an organization’s cyber strategy and explore 3rd party vendor risk management strategies.

Presenter: Gregory L Eskins

Greg Eskins leads the Cyber Practice within Marsh. He has vast experience in Directors and Officers Liability, Professional Liability, Financial Institutions Bonds/Crime, Property and Casualty, Technology E&O and has placed Cyber/Privacy Liability coverage on behalf of some of the country’s largest organizations.
Greg works with clients and insurers to develop client-specific product solutions, manage and foster market relationships and assists Marsh offices/colleagues across all industry verticals. He also works closely with Marsh’s Risk Consulting ERM team and helps clients to assess, analyze, quantify / measure and transfer various cyber perils.
Greg studied Social Sciences at the University of Toronto and earned his MBA from Laurentian University. He speaks regularly on cyber issues, is on the advisory committee of the International Cyber Risk Management Conference and has been named a top 10 (broker) under 40 by Canadian Insurance Magazine.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Registration URL: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4007386013863006211

Fort McMurray Wildfires: How Canadian Telecom Is Prepared for Disasters
The Canadian Telecom Emergency Preparedness Association (CTEPA) members were engaged during the Fort McMurray Wildfires maintaining telecom integrity (landline and wireless networks) that were experiencing saturation and overload (known as congestion), which is predicable when larger scale emergencies or disaster saturation occurs. Secondly responding to the physical destruction of telecom infrastructure. Hear how the knowledge learned from CTEPA emergency events, and the trusted and noncompetitive nature of CTEPA's member relationships, allowed for a collaborative Incident Management approach in maintaining the integrity of telecom during adverse conditions.

Presenter: Vito Mangialardi 

Vito Mangialardi has a strong record (20 years) of leadership and achievement delivering Business Continuity Planning, Disaster Recovery Planning, Emergency Management, Risk Management and Incident Management planning. Vito's career experience includes public and private sector program and project management delivering technology, facilities and operational initiatives to support business protection and growth in the telecommunications, nuclear, transportation, environmental and engineering sectors. Vito is a Certified Business Continuity Professional (CBCP) by DRI Canada and holds an Associate Fellowship from the Business Continuity Institute (BCI). Vito was also recognized and received the National Award for Achievement in Business Continuity Management from the Canadian Centre for Emergency Preparedness (July 2012).

Thursday, May 18, 2017, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
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Cyber Resilience, It’s not just the computers
When we think of Cyber Resilience, we often consider the immediate vulnerability of our networks and servers.  However, there are many NON-IT factors that are critical to an effective IT Risk Analysis.  In this webinar, we will examine some of these many issues than can affect you: from geographic location to hiring practices, learn about the Non-IT factors that can shut a data center down as quickly as ransomware from a super hacker. It’s not just about Bits and Bytes.

Presenter: Mark Baker

Mark has over twenty years’ experience in Business Continuity Planning, IT Disaster Management, Risk Assessment, Enterprise Risk Management as well as Disaster and Emergency Management for organizations ranging from large corporations to small businesses. He has developed and tested many business continuity and IT disaster recovery plans as well as creating and administering exercises varying from table top to full scale exercises.

Mark has been involved in the response and mitigation of many disasters working on over twenty events including the Quebec/Ontario ice storm and the Peterborough flood. Recently, he has served as Co-chair of the Private Sector Working Group and  member of the advisory board for Canada’s Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction. He has published several papers on subjects  ranging from the effects of climate change on insurance to risk management and biotechnology.

He is a graduate of Royal Roads University with an MA in Disaster and Emergency Management and the University of Toronto with a BSc in Physical Geography. Mark is a Fellow Chartered Insurance Professional (FCIP), holds a Certificate of Risk Management (CRM), a Certified Business Continuity Professional CBCP and is a Member of the Business Continuity Institute (MBCI) as well as a former officer in the Canadian Navy.

For further information, please see: http://www.bcpriskmanagement.ca

Wednesday, May 24, 2017, 11:00am – 12:00pm
Registration URL: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8689478160241895426

Your Biggest Cyber Threat?  Look in the Mirror!
Your CIO’s biggest challenge is stopping employees from handing valuable data over to bad guys and giving hackers access to company systems.  What’s a CIO to do?  We will look at the threat of ‘Social Engineering’ - what is being done to mitigate its effects and what is the future trend for addressing the issues.
Presenter: Abraham Binder

Abraham Binder has been working in Business Continuity Management and Disaster Recovery Planning for over two decades.  He has worked with BCM teams at RBC, TD Bank, Canada Life, John Hancock (Manulife), Canadian Tire and Sun Life.  Abraham is currently working with a major Canadian municipality, developing their BCM program from scratch and helping to build a more robust DR program.  He was part of the very first cohort of Masters students at York University.  Upon graduating with my MA, Abraham was asked to teach Business Continuity at York and has been teaching undergraduate students for the last six years.