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Speaking the same language: how the board and IT can work together to navigate adverse events

23 June, 8:00 am - 10:00 am

Breakfast meeting – TBC, 08.00am to 10.30am

Speaking the same language: how the board and IT can work together to navigate adverse events

COVID-19: Information for delegates

We are actively monitoring the COVID-19 situation in London, at this moment we believe that the event is safe to run. We are reviewing this regularly, taking into account the advice of the World Health Organisation and Government, and will keep you up to date with preparations and any eventual impact on the event.

The health and safety of all our delegates, sponsors, speakers and staff is our number one priority and all decisions that we take will be with this in mind.

Floods, pandemics, cyber-breaches… at times of difficulty and disaster it’s crucial that all levels of an organisation work seamlessly together to ensure operational resilience.

For that to happen, organisational leaders need to be clear about their goals for ensuring resilience in the face of operational difficulties caused by external or unforeseen events. They need to understand what is achievable and how the obstacles to resilient operations can be overcome.

And in turn IT professionals need to be able to communicate effectively with the board, asking for their guidance on prioritising crucial areas of operations and explaining to them what “good” resilience could look like given the right support.

This free breakfast will explore how organisations can best increase their resilience by ensuring that the right leadership is in place to direct the technical and operational specialists in their organisations. We will consider issues such as:

  • The need for boards to take seriously both IT resilience as a strategic issue that requires their consideration, and what IT professionals must tell them if they are to make the right strategic decisions
  • The importance of addressing processes and culture, as well as technology, when planning for disaster recovery
  • Why technology investments should avoid focusing only on primary services such as new databases at the expense of secondary services such as IT backups
  • How regular and effective two-way communication between leaders and technology professionals is essential if organisations are to prepare themselves for major unanticipated dislocations

Join the discussion: how can leaders ensure that operational resilience is hardwired into their organisations?

The questions we will explore

During the meeting we will focus on questions such as:

  • How can you tell whether your organisation is as agile around IT and OT (operational technology) as you would like to think it is?
  • How do ever-more-complex IT structures reduce the ability of IT professionals to protect organisations, and how should this complexity be managed?
  • Does your IT department know what it needs to protect? And do organisational leaders know what IT needs to protect?
  • How can IT professionals articulate IT concerns and issues effectively to decision makers so that they take appropriate investment, resourcing and measurement decisions?
  • What should be done to assess IT and OT resilience? How can you be confident you have tested responses to all likely eventualities?
  • How can you judge whether you are at major risk from single points of failure, such as an interruption to the main internet connection or the failure of a crucial server?

Who is invited?

This breakfast meeting is designed for senior decision makers such as COOs, CIOs, CFOs and CEOs and their direct reports, who are accountable for the efficient running of their organisations during times of operational difficulty. Delegates will work at large organisations in complex industries such as financial services, retail and sectors that rely heavily on robust, high-quality IT services.

Be one of 12 senior IT and security professionals around the table at the Goring Hotel in central London.

For any enquiries, please contact Harry on 020 8349 5580 or email h.phillips@business-reporter.co.uk.

The breakfast briefing is brought to you by Sungard and is only for senior executives as mentioned above. Registrations of junior professionals, consultants, solution providers or other sellers to this market won’t be accepted. To be eligible you must be employed by a corporate legal entity such as a private company. If you are a sole trader or in a partnership other than a legally incorporated partnership we will be unable to offer you a place.

This breakfast briefing is free of charge to attend. However, if you cancel your attendance less than two weeks prior to the briefing, you will have to provide a replacement of equal seniority otherwise you will be a subject to a £150 cancellation fee.

When you register we will ask you for your corporate email address which we will share only with the event sponsor(s). See our privacy policy.


The Goring Hotel
Beeston Place
London, London SW1W 0JW United Kingdom


0208 349 5580