The Business Continuity Institute

The Business Continuity Institute


Date: Wednesday 25th September, 2013
Location: Birmingham, UK


Following the original hype around Cloud, there were many who thought the Cloud was the ‘silver bullet’ solution for Business Continuity (BC).  However, this initial thought was soon dampened by the Japanese earthquake and Amazon outages. Notwithstanding, there are some important lessons to be learned from these incidents, not least that ‘at some point, everything fails’ but with the right architecture and management layers, Cloud-based services can provide unparalleled disaster protection and Business Continuity.

It is vital that the BC Manager understands the Information Security (IS) challenges that the Cloud brings as well as understanding how to make the most of this advancement from a BC perspective.


The objective of the workshop is to better understand the benefits and BC challenges that the Cloud presents.


By attending this workshop, delegates will gain a valuable insight into what Cloud architecture and management capabilities are required to keep things up and running as well as developing a checklist of assurances they can seek from their own Cloud providers including:

  • The auditing of the provider’s BC/DR plans
  • Checking on the geographic location of recovery centres and where data will be moved to in the event of an incident
  • The specification of service levels which can be guarantee during a disaster including RTOs and RPOs
  • Reporting and metrics adopted
  • Methods used to backup data (tape, disk, etc.) along with frequency and retention of backups.

The workshop also includes an examination and discussion of the overlap in requirements of ISO 27001 (International Information Security Standard) and ISO 22301 (International BCM Standard) i.e. the need to protect the availability of information assets and BC resources.

Presenters include:

  • Tony Perry, Senior Managing Consultant, IBM Business Continuity and Resiliency Services;
  • Martin Wright; MD Techgate plc; and
  • Justin Oliver; Cloud Solutions Architect from VMWare inc.

Format and Deliverables

The workshop will comprise discussions and presentations from organizations, which have adopted a cloud computing environment as well as expert views from Cloud, BC and information security (IS) specialists. 

Who Should Attend?

This workshop is designed for anyone who is responsible for Business Continuity, Risk Management or Disaster Recovery in their organization.

How to Book and Special Offers!

Early bird rate until 4th September
BCI Members and Partner Affiliates: £250+VAT
Non-members: £336+VAT

Standard rates after 4th September
BCI Members and Partner Affiliates: £295+VAT
Non-members: £395+VAT

  • Bring a colleague with you and they receive a 20% discount off the standard rate!
  • Book three workshops from the 2013 UK programme at once and the third one is half price!
  • Non-member rates include the option of 12 months BCI Affiliate Membership for those who haven’t benefited from a previous membership offer in order to provide access to the conference materials and the Members only area of the BCI website after the workshop. It also provides discounted rates for attendance at BCI Workshops and events for 12 months.

Use the booking from below to obtain your place:

Terms and conditions

  • Places on BCI events are limited so we therefore operate a cancellation policy regarding refund or transfer of workshop fees.
  • Once you have received confirmation of your place on the workshop you will be liable for the whole fee unless we receive written notification of cancellation.
  • For bookings cancelled two or more weeks before a workshop is due to start, 90% of course fees paid will be refunded or transferred to another workshop.
  • No refund will be made for bookings cancelled less than two weeks before the event, except in exceptional circumstances and then only at the discretion of the Events Manager. However, we will consider transferring the workshop fee to another workshop, less an administration fee of 20%.
  • No refund will be made for non-attendance at the event.
  • In the event of cancellation of an event by the BCI, we will endeavour to inform all participants two weeks before the workshop is due to take place, although please be aware that this is not always possible. All fees paid will be reimbursed in full, but we are unable to reimburse any other costs that may have been incurred, including flights, accommodation etc.