Speakers’ Soapbox: Bill Wostenberg On BC Exercise Mistakes & President Hoover

Fri, 02/08/2013 - 11:56am
Luke Simpson, Editor

Bill WostenbergIn the leadup to the 11th Annual Continuity Insights Management Conference, April 22-24, 2013 at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina, Continuity Insights asks presenters about their chosen topics, lessons learned from Superstorm Sandy, critical business continuity skills and hypothetical band names. This week Bill Wostenberg, IT Service Continuity Consultant at Pacific Life Insurance, discusses the mistake to avoid when planning BC exercises and President Herbert Hoover’s disaster relief efforts.

Continuity Insights: Your session is titled Conducting Effective Recovery Exercises. What is the biggest mistake you see business continuity (BC) practitioners make when planning and executing BC plan exercises?

Bill Wostenberg: Not actively engaging plan owners for all participating operational areas.

CI: What is the number one lesson learned from Superstorm Sandy in terms of business continuity and disaster recovery strategies?

BW: Unlikely but extreme events do happen.

CI: Complete this sentence: To be a successful business continuity professional you must master the risk assessment, the BIA and ___________________.

BW: Two things: maintaining and exercising business continuity plans, and developing business continuity strategies.

CI: True or false: There are some things you simply cannot plan for, e.g. the massive earthquake and tsunami in Japan in 2011.

BW: False

CI: Which U.S. president, sports person or musician do you think would have made a good business continuity professional and why?

BW: President Herbert Hoover, who was an accomplished engineer and led several humanitarian and disaster relief efforts, e.g. post WWI famines in Europe and the Great Mississippi Flood of 1927.

CI: If you formed a band with other business continuity professionals what would you call it?

BW: Masters of Disaster

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