February 2012 - Business Continuity Management: Why Disaster Recovery is Not Enough


Most organizations recognize that significant threats may exist in their ability to continue normal business operations following a serious, unexpected, disruptive incident. Their solutions are typically limited to disaster recovery planning and testing, but Disaster Recovery is not enough. The high-level of dependency upon automated systems, coupled with manual processes, creates challenges and risks, which need to be mitigated. Disaster Recovery Plans as part of a broader Business Continuance Management framework better prepare businesses to respond to a serious disruptive crisis in a controlled and structured manner.

In this session, we will explore the strategies, activities, challenges, and risks of enterprise Business Continuity Management and Disaster Recovery Planning, including:

  • Buusiness Continuity and Disaster Recovery – SWWC (So What, Who Cares)?
  • Business Continuity Methodology
  • IT Service Continuity Management (ITSCM) at GE Healthcare
  • Disaster Recovery Technologies and Solutions (Virtualizing Recovery)
  • BCM/ITSCM Assurance and Audit Framework
  • Justifying and selling ITSCM to your executives
  • Speaker

    Chris LaVesser, IT Service Continuity Manager, GE Healthcare

    In his role on the IT Compliance Team, Chris is responsible for IT Service Continuity (ITSCM) strategy, awareness, assurance, and assisting system owners with meeting audit and compliance requirements. He leads the DR Council, which is tasked with ITSCM vitality, architecture, strategic platforms, solutions, and automation.

    Prior to his position with GE, Chris was a Hospital Corpsman in the United States Navy where he was part of the Information Systems Development and Strategy teams that focused on many healthcare initiatives, including pre-hospital emergency care, preventive medicine, clinical operations, and women’s health. After his Navy enlistment, Chris was a consultant to the Department of Defense for Healthcare IT strategy and EMR deployment. This led to a position with ProHealth Care / Aurora Healthcare leading their application delivery and recovery strategy as part of their overall information system strategy.

    Chris holds both Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and an MBA.