Better Boards Conference 2023

Better Boards Conference 2023 Forging Strategic Pathways BRISBANE, 2–3 JUNE 2023


Seven Reasons Why your Disaster Plan is a Disaster

Rinske Geerlings

Managing Director, Business As Usual

Rinske Geerlings MSc, CBCP, MBCI, COBIT, ISO 22301 Master, ISO 31000 Lead Risk Manager, ISO 27001 Information Security Master, ITIL Master. Ms Rinske Geerlings is an internationally known, multi-award winning consultant, speaker and certified trainer in Business Continuity, Information Security, IT Management, Disaster Recovery and Risk Management with over 20 years global experience.
She has worked with prestigious clients including 15 Central Banks, the Australian Department of Prime Minister & Cabinet, the High Court of Australia, 15 other Australian Government agencies, BBC WorldWide, ANSTO, Toll, Lenovo, Shell, Lonely Planet, Boeing, Fuji Xerox, Fujitsu, St George Bank, NIB, Toga, ASIC and hundreds of other mid-size and large organisations worldwide. She draws on more than 20 years' experience gained during roles in Banking, Consulting and Training across Australia, New Zealand, Asia, Africa and Europe. Rinske has been changing the way organisations 'plan for the unexpected'. Her facilitation skills enable organisations to achieve their own results and simplifying their processes. She applies a fresh, energetic, practical, easy-to-apply, innovative approach to BCM, InfoSec, Risk and DR; topics often perceived as dull and cumbersome. She loves working with groups and customising processes to exactly match an organisation's needs. Rinske is often sourced as a panel expert or speaker on resilience challenges and the related implications for Small & Medium Enterprises (SMEs) as well as major businesses. Awards Include: • Risk Consultant of the Year (2017, Australasia) by RMIA • Outstanding Security Consultant (OSPAs 2019 Finalist) • NSW Young Business Woman of the Year (2004) • Australian Woman of the Year (2010-2013) by Business and Professional Women ( • Delft University Alumnus of the Year in 2012 (The Netherlands) • Australian Women in Security awards (WIS, 2022 Finalist)

Most Risk Management and Business Continuity ’experts’ concentrate on documentation, not on actual implementation. There’s too much focus on ticking boxes to please auditors, too much paperwork, too much effort to maintain documents, too little implementation, too little buy-in, too little enthusiasm from staff, too little incident readiness, and too little enabling staff to think on their feet when ‘it hits the fan’… Senior management ends up with false sense of security that everything is covered, risk is managed well, and that staff are ready if a Business Continuity (BC) event were to occur. Whilst, in reality, only a few individuals (e.g. Risk Managers, BC Co-ordinators) keep themselves familiarised with the content of the plans and procedures, or even worse, they are the only staff who even know a plan exists. If a real incident occurs, most staff are uninformed and confused. They don’t know their role, what to do, what activities to prioritise, how they will be contacted, whom they should contact, who has the authority to give them instructions. They’re far from ready.

In this presentation, Rinske will run through 7 common pitfalls in relation to Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery, and share 7 good practices that will prevent your organisation from over- or under-investing in the process.

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