Testing BCM and DR Plans - Part 3: Test Findings and Summary

September 14, 2017
Hosted by Alex Fullick, MBCI, CBCP, CBRA, v3ITIL

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Episode Description

In our final part of the 3 part series on testing BCP/DR plans, we focus on what you should be doing during the test, how to collect findings information and how to package the information for Executive consumption. All to often tests just happen and people move on to other things but to ensure success and ensure that objectives have been met, proper findings documentation and Executive Summary(s) need to be created. Tune in and get some tips on how to manage the collection of issues and actions during and after the test to ensure you BCM program continues to move forward to greater success.

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Alex Fullick, MBCI, CBCP, CBRA, v3ITIL

Alex Fullick, MBCI, CBCP, CBRA, v3ITIL

Alex Fullick is Founder and Managing Director of Stone Road Inc (StoneRoad) and has been working in the Business Continuity Management and Disaster Recovery industry for 20 years. During this time, Alex has been instrumental in developing, implementing and managing numerous initiatives, including Pandemic Planning, Policy development, large scale simulation tests, Business Continuity Plan development, Business Impact Assessments, maintenance programs and general Program and Project Management.

Alex holds his MBCI certification with the Business Continuity Institute (BCI), his CBCP with the Disaster Recovery Institute (DRI), is certified in ITIL Foundations and has a Certified Business Resiliency Auditor (CBRA) designation. He is also a member of the Advisory Board of Directors for The International Emergency Management Society (TIEMS).

He's presented at numerous conferences around the globe on various industry-related subjects including Orlando, Phoenix, Montreal, London (UK), Brisbane and Bucharest. He's authored several books including Heads in the Sand, Business Impact Analysis, Testing Business Continuity Plans and his latest Watch Your Step, which all focus on teaching individuals, organizations and communities about BCM and DR. He has also had articles published in trade publications.

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Episode Directory

September 2017

  • 9/21/2017: BCM and DR: Preparing for Public Relations Coming Soon
  • 9/14/2017: Testing BCM and DR Plans - Part 3: Test Findings and Summary Listen Now
  • 9/7/2017: Testing BCM and DR Plans - Part 2: Test Types and Planning Listen Now

August 2017

July 2017

S. Rosalind Baker, PMP


S. Rosalind has extensive experience as a project manager and technical architect in many industries including manufacturing, government, IT, finance and not for profit. As a member of the certification team for Microsoft she was considered to be a subject matter expert. Roz has acted as PM on several multi-million dollar initiatives, most notably, the replacement of a bank's entire suite of electronic banking applications, delivery of an SAP FICO solution to 5 international offices and a multi-system infrastructure upgrade. Since Roz started consulting in 1999, she has become very adept with PMBOK and its concepts as a trainer with the Project Management Training Institute and has a reputation for 'getting things done'. She's a member of the Project Management Institute (PMI), a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and earned her Juris Doctor (JD) from Queen's University. Roz has a passion for writing and you can read her articles on her website; cyberlis.com. View Guest page

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K. Harald Drager


K. Harald Drager, Oslo, Norway, is the founding member of the worldwide acting society TIEMS (The International Emergency Management Society - www.tiems.org), which he took the initiative to establish in 1993. He was the International Vice President of TIEMS since its inauguration until 2002, when he took over as TIEMS President, a position he was re-elected to for the 5th time in 2013. He specializes in international organizational development, emergency, disaster and risk management and project management. He has done consultancy work for numerous clients internationally, including the NATO and the European Commission. In 1983 and founded his own consultancy, AS QUASAR Consultants and later QUASAR Invest AS. He was a European Commission appointed evaluator for EU Security Calls for FP7 2013 and Horizon 2020 Call for Secure Societies; Professor Chair for 4yrs at King Abdul Aziz University in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia; a visiting Professor at North Western University in Xian, China. View Guest page

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Dr. Barbara Drewry


Dr. Barbara Drewry Dr. Drewry received a B.A. in English Literature and a Post Graduate Degree in Speech Pathology. She worked at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto as a Speech Pathologist for 12 years before entering vet school. In 1993, five years after graduating from OVC, she purchased Royal City Animal Hospital. When Barbara isn’t hard at work at the clinic she enjoys literature, art and music. She adopted a little girl from China named Katherine in 1999. She is the owner of two cats, Clover and Lilly, and a Golden Retriever named Teya. View Guest page

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Gerry McCusker


As an Online Reputation Management adviser, Gerry McCusker is the author of the pop-academic text and blog ‘Public Relations Disasters’ (Kogan Page) and the founder of trans-media crisis simulation technology, The Drill. The Drill as an interactive SaaS training portal that teaches crisis management via interactive publishing.
Gerry has published reputation leadership essays with IPRA, Mumbrella, Broadcast & Television, Marketing Magazine and is regularly sought and quoted by Australian press, radio and TV outlets on PR disasters.
Based in Melbourne, Gerry provides strategic and crisis management advice and industry insights to ‘tough-to-love’ brands and via regular contributions to industry association events and publications, as well as at conferences and seminars in Australia and overseas.
Recent client simulations have supported the work of key players in the Agri, Food, Healthcare, Infrastructure, Marine, Oil and Gas, plus Tourism sectors. View Guest page

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Alvaro Orrantia


Alvaro is a Systems Engineer (Hons) and MBA. For more than 20 years, he has been actively involved in the Business Continuity, Disaster Recovery and Information Security practices; as part of his experience, Alvaro successfully managed business continuity during the August 2003 blackout and SARS, the 2013 ice storm in southern Ontario, and Hurricane Matthew among others.
Alvaro is currently a Senior Director at RBC; prior to joining RBC, Alvaro worked for TD Bank, Blackberry, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, ADP Canada and TNT Logistics in leadership positions. Alvaro also served in the military.
Alvaro sits on the board of directors of a registered charity that supports education and health for 100 children in Colombia. View Guest page

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Tony Sabatini


Tony Sabatini is the Chief Fire Protection Officer for the City of Guelph, Ontario, Canada. View Guest page

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Janine Sakatch


Janine Sakatch worked as a reporter and editor for weekly and daily newspapers beginning in 1986 covering education and health for the Lethbridge Herald for seven years. During her career, she won the Alberta Teacher’s Association news writer of the year award four consecutive times; she also won a national award for a series she wrote on bullying in schools. In 2004, she left journalism for a career within corporate communications and has worked with Chinook Health, Alberta Health Services, and 3sHealth. Today, she is the Director of Communications with AHS in Central Zone, located in Red Deer, Alberta. One of her current passions relates to engagement and transparency – building trust through communications. She has seen many examples where lack of engagement and transparency can escalate the risk even though others think it will do the opposite. View Guest page

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Ken Simpson


Ken Simpson is currently in his “third career” as a podcaster, blogger, author and speaker about risk, Business Continuity and resilience. Over the past 30+ years he has worked as a manager and leader in both public and private sector organisations. During his “first career” as an employee he led internal Risk, DR and BCM teams, held Executives roles as CIO and CTO and led recovery operations following a major incident. His “second career” as a consultant included extensive international engagements developing innovative approaches to the practice of Business Continuity and helping new practitioners develop. He is a Fellow of the Business Continuity Institute and holds a range of academic and professional qualification including a BA (Social Sciences), an MBA and is a Certified Organizational Resilience Professional by ICOR. View Guest page

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