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Roundtable Meeting – 6 September 2012

"A discussion on Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity – Review of Standards and Guidelines" 

Given the advances in technology, how appropriate is it for organisations to develop Disaster Recovery (DR) processes? Should practitioners consider it necessary to align DR with Business Continuity (BC) processes and standards? More importantly, how should practitioners align their organisation’s BC Business Impact Analysis (BIA) with DR? 

These are the topics that will be discussed at the Roundtable Meeting. Our Facilitator, David Danher, Principal Consultant, Thomas Duryea Consulting will also lead the discussion around the new ISO 22301 “Societal security – Business Continuity Management Systems – Requirements” with reference to the British Standards 25999-2.   

Further questions to prepare for include:

  • How to store DR/BC Plans, passwords and/or other critical information that are required in a disaster (common methods are hardcopy format, document management systems or in BC/DR applications which may or may not be available at the time of the recovery)?
  • Can we consider cloud or third party providers to host, maintain and access our DR or BC Plans?  

Facilitator: David Danher, Principal Consultant, Thomas Duryea Consulting

David Danher is Thomas Duryea’s Principal Consultant and has over 30 years’ experience in the IT industry. He began his career as a mainframe expert in disaster recovery, configuration, storage and operations. For the last 13 years he has been a Consultant within the disaster recovery and business continuity disciplines.  

As Thomas Duryea’s Principal Consultant, David is responsible for the presales and delivery of disaster recovery consultation, programmes and training for clients spanning multiple industry sectors. He has provided training to the local government sector, established DR programmes for clients in the health and local government sectors and established the world’s first 4 way mainframe replication solution. He is currently engaged by clients in the sports, HR, manufacturing, health and education sectors to assist them in developing DR programmes.

Prior to Thomas Duryea Consulting, David worked as an independent consultant for storage vendors designing and implementing DR solutions and storage upgrades across Australia, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and the USA. During this period he relocated a data centre from Auckland to Melbourne within the standard 4 hour maintenance window, upgraded a major medical facilities’ storage infrastructure without any downtime and implemented DR infrastructure for a Wall St financial institute which was activated following the events of 9/11.

David has also worked for both the NAB and CBA as a mainframe computer operator, storage administrator and disaster recovery technician. His experience, wealth of knowledge and creative problem solving skills make him the consummate professional. David is a professional member of the Business Continuity Institute.

Meeting details:

Date: Thursday, 6 September 2012

Time: 3:00pm-5:00pm

Location: Melbourne, CBD (venue details will be disclosed upon registration) 

Registration Process:

To register for this event please click here and fill out your details, which will be sent to the Continuity Forum admin staff. Your registration will  be processed between one-two days. A fee of AUD$110 may apply for Non-Members of Continuity Forum.

If you are unable to access this link, please ring +61 2 9415 4180 or email Kristine Nunez at