This course will explore the rules, requirements, and legal issues in disaster recovery and business continuity. Several industries such as healthcare, banking, and insurance already have disaster recovery and business continuity (or business resilience) compliance requirements - but there is little available guidance in the area.
This program, led by attorney Lawrence Montle and disaster management expert Marc Denker, will combine the former’s legal knowledge with answers to pressing disaster mitigation questions based on the latter’s business resilience expertise to illustrate the legal issues from both perspectives.
Lawrence Montle is currently the chief information security officer and privacy officer at the New York State Insurance Fund (NYSIF). He is responsible for the development and implementation of a comprehensive information security plan to improve and insure agency security levels. In this role, Mr. Montle oversees the recommendation and design of targeted strategies and initiatives to effectively assess risks, maintain the security of NYSIF’s proprietary data, and ensure its protection from unauthorized use. He also functions as a liaison to the Office of Cyber Security and Critical Infrastructure Coordination, administering security training for agency staff and ensuring NYSIF's compliance with statewide security policies, privacy standards and controls.
Prior to joining NYSIF, Mr. Montle served as internal audit director for the Department of Financial Services, where he oversaw audits conducted by the New York State Comptroller’s office and other external entities, and monitored compliance and adherence to policy review and internal controls. Among other achievements, he implemented a comprehensive internal audit internship program to train and mentor students.
Mr. Montle’s previous positions include serving as information technology director at the New York Liquidation Bureau and working at Verizon as an IT auditor, systems engineer, and network engineer for over a decade. He holds certifications in information privacy (CIPP/US), fraud examination (CFE), information systems auditing (CISA) and is licensed to practice law in N.Y. and D.C. Mr. Montle received his MBA in finance and management from Fordham University and his JD from New York Law School. He obtained his undergraduate degree from New York University.
Marc Denker has been working in the field of disaster management for over 20 years. He began as a volunteer with the Red Cross (“RC”) of Greater New York’s Government Liaison Unit. Following the events of September 11, 2001, Marc was mobilized by the RC to work a government liaison position at New York City’s (“NYC”) Office of Emergency Management’s (“OEM”) temporary Emergency Operations Center (“EOC”), which was reestablished at the police academy in lower Manhattan after its primary facility was lost in the collapse of building 7 in the World Trade Center (“WTC”) complex.
Three days later Marc was pulled from his day job as a member of New York City’s Economic Development Corporations Intergovernmental Affair unit, and assigned by the President of the EDC to the NYC OEM as one of EDC’s official liaisons to work Rescue Recover at the newly established EOC located on Pier 92 on the West side of Manhattan. For four months Marc was responsible for coordinating the interdependent needs of the EDC, OEM, and the cities business community impacted by the disaster. Upon Marc’s successful completion of his assignment, the EDC created a position of Director of Business Continuity and Emergency Management for Marc and added it to his responsibilities.
He worked tirelessly with the OEM to keep businesses from leaving NYC and act as a liaison between the two offices where each role and specialty could be utilized to serve the city’s goals. Eventually Marc received an offer from another entity to focus solely on business resiliency where he is currently serving. During Marc’s time with the City and in his current position, he has received extensive training from various governmental entities remotely, in the classroom, and in the field. He is ProBoard Certified in BioChem Defensive Operations, and holds a Weapons of Mass Destruction (“WMD”) “train the trainer” and WMD instructor certification from two governmental training entities. Additional training provided by FEMA, the Department of Homeland Security, the Center for Domestic Preparedness, USAMRIiD, the World Health Organization, and others.
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