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A selection of materials from DRI International is available here as an added benefit for DRI members. We hope you enjoy this informative collection of industry information and research.

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So You Have an Established Mature Program - Now What?

Event: DRI Resilience Excellence Summit 2022

Author: Robyn Kimbro

With over 20 years’ experience building, developing, and leading program governance frameworks and strategies for three major companies, Walmart’s Robyn Kimbro joins us to share the key elements for experienced resilience practitioners addressing ongoing program maturity and building resilience. So, you have an established, mature program – now what? The answer is a lot, and that includes answering questions like these: Are your program requirements not stringent enough, just right, or really complicated and time-consuming to meet? If you’re a global company – is your program globally relevant, and does it meet regulations or requirements for other countries? How strong and far-reaching are your partnerships? How do you benchmark with other companies? How do you market your program? What programmatic stats are you collecting through your enterprise tool? Are executives interested in those metrics, and what do these statistics drive your leadership to do?

Tags: Best Practices, Business Continuity Program, Training

Cyber Resilience and Business Continuity: Establishing Cohesion without Losing Your Marbles!

Event: Annual Conference - DRI2022

Author: Ray Seid

Cyber resilience and business continuity — both are important and work best when they work together! That’s not easy to accomplish, but not to worry. Attend this mind-blowing session to learn how to establish cohesion between the two at an entity level without sacrificing your sanity. We will tackle typical organizational barriers impacting resilience and what to do about them. Where does business continuity sit in the organization and why does that matter? How do you get the CISO and BCO on the same page? How do you link plans and processes? What about including BC in cyber incident response planning? And how do you bring it all together? You’ll leave this session energized, informed, and with a BC and cyber resilience checklist to help you obtain and maintain cohesion — and calm.

Tags: Best Practices, Business Continuity Program, Cyber Resilience

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Business Benefits of Personal Emergency Plans

Event: Annual Conference - DRI2022

Author: Jeanne Powell

When we boil it all down, people are a business' single most critical asset. Of course, we plan to have backups for key personnel, but what happens when our people are also affected by the same disaster and repercussions that impact our business? This presentation is intended to provide insight into why it's in a business' best interest to encourage people to have their own disaster preparedness plans and what their plans need to include. Disasters impacting your personal life are no joke and neither are family and household preparations. This session will refresh you on what we planners sometimes forget about: why people are so critical and what’s involved with personal disaster preparedness.

Tags: Best Practices, Community Resilience, Emergency preparedness, Resiliency

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COVID-19: Continued Threat! Lessons Learned and Critical Path Forward

Event: Annual Conference - DRI2022

Author: Lisa Koonin

We are entering the third year of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Omicron variant has caused an extremely high case rate that has disrupted many businesses’ operations. What do business continuity professionals need to do now? When and how can a safe return to the workplace resume? There have been many lessons learned from the pandemic, but what measures should be retained to improve worker safety and business continuity? This session, provided by a 30+ year CDC expert, covers all of these topics and more. There are CRITICAL steps that every business needs to take NOW to protect the workforce and business continuity going forward.

Tags: Best Practices, Business Continuity Program, Coronavirus/COVID-19

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Supply Chain Continuity in a Cyber Environment

Event: Annual Conference - DRI2022

Author: Rob Zegarra

In this session, we will explore the supply chain landscape and boundaries in today’s world. How do these issues affect our risk and impacts, and most importantly how do we prepare, protect and recover? The presenter also will share the best options to test supply chain continuity plans and the benefits of this approach.

Tags: Best Practices, Business Continuity Program, Supply Chain, Cybersecurity

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Assessing your Vendors: Taking Resiliency to the Next Level

Event: Annual Conference - DRI2022

Author: Alison Tarnopol, Michelle Cross

Understanding third party vendor risk is essential for organizational resiliency. This session will address best practices for assessing vendor risk and resiliency. We will review how to evaluate residual risks and potential impacts to incorporate vendor risk into a comprehensive resiliency program. We will also review using data analytics to better quantify and rate residual risk.

Tags: Best Practices, Resiliency, Resilient Enterprise, Risk Assessment, Vendor Assessment

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COVID-19: Work From Home Tips

Event: DRI White Paper/Survey

Author: DRI International

Working from home during a crisis can be challenging. Here are a few pointers to help you set yourself – and your new workspace – up for success.

Tags: Best Practices, Community Resilience, Coronavirus/COVID-19, Pandemic, White Paper

Leading From the Front: Executive-Level Engagements in Crisis Management

Event: Annual Conference - DRI2020

Author: Larry Chase

Larry Chase will speak to his unique and proven approach to smashing through traditional barriers and earning a sustained executive buy-in. Larry will share logistics of key successes in gaining ground in program maturity and execution through proven and thoughtfully targeted training/awareness programs. Learn more about his winning strategic model which time-and-time-again results and focused on a ‘practice like we fight’ mindset. See what happens when you color outside the lines and ‘challenge everything’ so as to closely align a rapid program elevation agenda to a company’s most treasured values…and how to win with a top performing capability.

Tags: Best Practices

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“You Say Incident, I Say Event” – A look at defining a term

Event: DRI White Paper/Survey

Author: DRI Glossary Committee

In recognizing the critical importance of effective communications within the resilience community, DRI created a committee to develop a new reference document that combines the most common business continuity and resilience terms and definitions into a single guide. Most terms were relatively straightforward in their definition, and others required more discussion and analysis by the committee. The analysis of one term, incident, became a long-term discussion, with no consensus reached. The Glossary Committee presents this white paper on defining incident to showcase the continuing effort for effective communications in our community.

Tags: Best Practices, Communications/Crisis Communications, White Paper

WBCM: Tips from the Trenches – Ask Betsy…In Person!

Event: Annual Conference - DRI2019

Author: Betsey Sayers

Following on her smash hit Women in Business Continuity Management Ask Betsy webinar, Betsy Sayers is back with tips from the trenches. She promises that attendees will walk away with solid examples and templates that you can use – plus some more of those handy “Betsyisms” that are pretty much guaranteed to get you out of any tight spot. Always creative in her approach to continuity, Betsy will show how she uses the Professional Practices for status reporting and teach you all how to play pandemic poker!

Tags: Business Continuity Program, Best Practices, Women in BCM

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Women in Business Continuity Management: Ask Betsy

Event: DRI Webinar

Author: Betsy Sayers

During DRI2018’s WBCM panel discussion, nearly 50% of session attendees responded that the stereotype they were most concerned with was being labeled as “too aggressive,” particularly when disagreeing with others’ views. Please join us as we take that conversation further with Betsy Sayers, MBCP, ITIL, ICS – IT/DR. With more than 25 years of industry experience, including serving as a DRI Instructor, Betsy shares her views on the best tools to communicate clearly — and with objectivity – while maintaining a style that honors who you are and what you believe. Special thanks to our webinar sponsor OnSolve.

Tags: Women in BCM, Best Practices

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Women in Business Continuity Webinar: Ask Betsy (supplemental flyer)

Event: DRI Webinar

Author: Betsy Sayers

When Betsy Sayers is in a tough spot, she always knows exactly what to say. That’s because she’s awesome...and she has a few handy phrases written in the back of her notebook at all times. She’s generously shared those words of wisdom with you (see...awesome, right?). If you haven’t checked out the Women in Business Continuity Management Committee’s “Ask Betsy” webinar, you really should, right here at https://drii.org/webinars

Tags: Women in BCM, Best Practices

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The Japanese Approach to BC/DR

Event: Annual Conference - DRI2018

Author: Shinobu Sasaki

Japan is a country that continues to suffer serious natural disasters such as earthquakes, typhoons, and floods. In most cases, these are widespread incidents that impact a fairly large geographic region. In planning or such wide area disasters, the DR strategy may depend on the location where the incident occurred. Using real-lie case studies, this session will explain the unique approach the Japanese have to BC and DR.

Tags: Best Practices, Business Continuity Program, Global Strategy, Earthquakes, Asia, Case Study

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Recovering from Violence: Best Practices for Mitigating, Responding to, and Recovering from Workplace Violence

Event: Annual Conference - DRI2016

Author: Michelle Cross and Lorie Alioto

Violence of any kind is a disrupting event; the more severe the violence, the greater the disruption. How to companies survive workplace violence and what are the best practices that take a company beyond survival to full recovery and back to business?

Tags: Active Shooter/Workplace Violence, Best Practices

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Surpassing Best Practices at Warp Speed

Event: Annual Conference - DRI2016

Author: Larry Chase

Larry Chase, DRI's 2015 Business Continuity Program Manager of the Year, will share his repeatable secret sauce and game-changing winning practices that have earned numerous international honors during his two decades of private sector successes. If you are looked to or expected to deliver the wow factor with your program by your executives, staff/team members, stakeholders and partners.

Tags: Best Practices, Executive Support

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Aligning With ISO in a Non-Regulated Environment

Event: DRI Collegiate Conference - Dominican University of California - July 10, 2015

Author: Ed Clayton

How do companies in a non-BCP-regulated environment attain alignment with ISO 22301? The presentation will discuss the Chevron Business Continuity Program, the link to its Operational Excellence Management System Process (MSP), and the benefits this creates in providing a sustainable program that aligns with BCM best practices and ISO 22301.

Tags: Business Continuity Program, Best Practices, Regulations and Standards, Governance/Regulatory Response and Compliance

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ISO22301-DRI Professional Practices Crosswalk

Event: DRI Professional Practices

Author: DRI

This document highlights the connections between the ISO22301 and the DRI Ten Professional Practices.

Tags: BIA, Process, Best Practices, Professional Practices, Regulations and Standards