Disaster in the Data Center

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A 6-week, online certificate series providing meaningful methods to mitigate threats to data center operations, uptime, safety and security

6 weeks, 5 webcasts, 1 certificate. Just $299

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About Disaster in the Data Center

Nothing is more vital to a data center's operations than maintaining its uptime, safety and security. That's why the experts behind Building Operating Management magazine and the Critical Facilities Summit have developed this essential 5-module series addressing the fundamental issues of cybersecurity, disaster planning, arc flash mitigation, risk assessment and fire safety.

In just 6 weeks, you'll learn from today's thought leaders on how you can steer clear of the data center danger zone. And when you complete the assessment exam at the conclusion of the Disaster in the Data Center series, you'll receive a Certificate of Completion and valuable CEUs proving your commitment to ensuring the security of your data center and the people within it.

Your $299 registration includes:

  • A lively Q&A discussion after each webcast
  • Presentation slides for each webcast
  • Access to entire webcast archive at Facilitiesnet.com
  • Information about the latest technologies and products geared toward data center safety
  • 0.5 CEUs/5 Classrooms hours via IACET
  • A printed, signed CEU certificate, suitable for framing
  • Recognition in the August 2016 "Critical Facilities" supplement to Building Operating Management magazine and Critical Facilities Summit 2016 event directory
  • A 20% discount off the Critical Facilities Summit 2016 registration fee

Recordings and presentation handouts for each module are found below.

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On Demand


The primary asset of a data center is its network infrastructure, which is why data center operators must prevent unauthorized access to it. What cybersecurity measures should be in place to protect a building's automation system from hackers? How can the FM and IT teams coordinate to provide the ultimate barrier to unwanted access? This session identifies the threat and offers a series of solutions.

  • Discuss specific cybersecurity measures that must be in place to protect critical facility automation systems
  • Analyze how the FM and IT teams should coordinate to prevent unwanted access
  • Review existing and emerging threats to critical facility cybersecurity measures
  • Assess solutions to a variety of threats and their impact on overall mission-critical facility operations

Presented by:

Fred Gordy
Director of Cyber Security,
Intelligent Buildings

Fred Gordy is Director of Cyber Security for Intelligent Buildings and is responsible for technology strategy and cyber security. Fred has focused on control system cybersecurity for the past several years and has built a network of cybersecurity professionals to grow knowledge for control systems at large. Fred's portfolio includes projects military bases, internet datacenters, national retail chains, an international media company, REITs, and research labs to name a few.

Fred is the cyber security blogger for ControlTrends and a regular guest on the webcast of ControlTalk. Fred has contributed and/or been featured in the Wall Street Journal, CNBC, Fox, HPAC Engineering, Retrofit Magazine, Building Context, Healthcare Facilities Today, and BOMA FacilitiesNet. Fred coauthored a whitepaper with Terry McCorkle entitled "Cyber Security for Building Management Systems," and was a panelist at the Niagara Summit in 2014 on Cyber Security for Control Systems.

On Demand

Disaster Planning

Data center operators should know the differences between - and similarities among-plans addressing emergency management, continuing operations, business continuance, and disaster recovery. This webcast illustrates necessary steps to a successful planning process, and addresses how to best prioritize the recovery of an organization's services. Attendees will understand the including facilities, IT, financial and resources required to recover from a critical incident.

  • Identify the differences between an emergency management, continuing operations, business continuance, or disaster recovery plan
  • Understand the steps to creating a successful recovery plan
  • Learn how to prioritize the recovery of an organization's services
  • Understand what is required to recover those services including facilities, IT, financial and resources

Presented by:

Jeff Gilmer
Senior Partner,
Exicipio Consulting

Jeff Gilmer, a senior partner with Excipio Consulting has more than thirty years' experience in business, technology and finance. He is a hands-on leader, recognized for exceptional management, process, methodology and business acumen. He is effective in both restoring and building organizations through improved long term process improvement and implementation of solid scalable methodologies. Excipio has completed hundreds of Data Center assessments in recent years, for both public and private organizations ranging in size from 350 to over 100,000+ employees. In Jeff's role at Excipio this includes public organizations such as the States of Florida, Minnesota, Washington, Michigan and Pennsylvania, and private companies of US Bank, Carlson Companies, H.B. Fuller, Donaldson, MD Anderson, and others. His experience also includes integration and expansion of IT related products with in a large regional consumer electronics organization, doubling the size of a consulting practice, and restoration of a bankrupt reseller into a national service company. In addition, he has been involved in the transformation of a national integrator into a full service organization through the development of long term outsourcing contracts with the Fortune 500. 

On Demand

Arc Flash

Having the potential to cause grave personal harm, massive business disruptions, significant equipment damage, penalizing fines and workplace instability, an arc flash event requires serious attention from data center professionals - and better yet, a preventive strategy in place to mitigate their frequency, severity and impact. This webcast outlines the critical elements of an effective arc flash mitigation program for your data center.

  • Define the latest NFPA 70E and OSHA requirements as it pertains to electrical safety and electrical distribution for mission critical facilities
  • Understand the differences between proactive and reactive safety, and which approach works best
  • Evaluate the role of electrical maintenance in a mission critical building's overall electrical safety program

Presented by:

Mark B. Cavallaro P.E.
Current Solutions, P.C.

Mark is a registered Professional Engineer (P.E.), holds a BSEE degree from Villanova University and holds a Master Electrician's License. Mark has nearly thirty years of experience, recognized as a professional and expert in the fields of electrical engineering and electrical construction.

Mark is the President of Current Solutions, P.C. which he founded as a single discipline electrical engineering firm, solely specializing in the analysis, design, construction, operability, troubleshooting and safety of electrical power distribution systems.

Services are performed for virtually any type and size of building - commercial, mission critical, industrial, environmental, institutional and government facilities.

His technical skills are sought after by Fortune 100 companies, facility managers, cities, municipalities, electrical equipment manufacturers, electrical contractors and other engineering firms, across the United States. Included services were for several mission critical facilities, including Bank of America and Verizon Wireless who were seeking a reliable power distribution system infrastructure to support their operational requirements including business continuity, redundancy, electrical reliability, resiliency, security and above all electrical safety.

Mark has performed and overseen hundreds of arc flash analysis projects, including executing electrical safety programs and has taught seminars on electrical engineering, arc flash and electrical safety for more than 10 years.

Prior to Current Solutions, P.C. Mark was an engineer for a national engineering consulting firm responsible for power system analysis, electrical engineering and design of power distribution systems of industrial and commercial facilities nationwide. He held a position as the Director of Engineering and Estimating for a large regional electrical contractor.

He is a featured author of various articles on industry topics, is a dynamic speaker and instructor and has performed various association speaking engagements across the county. He was a lecturer at New York University (NYU) School of Continuing Education and taught graduate classes at Polytechnic University-NYU. He has performed numerous customized training for various size companies, including other engineering firms, utility companies and electrical contractors across the nation.

On Demand

Risk Assessment

Identifying risks within a data center infrastructure is vital, not only to recognize potential vulnerabilities to the enterprise, but also to identify single points of failure, condition of equipment, and most importantly the life cycle of critical components. This presentation highlights ways to maximize potential at every level in the data center via the application of physical, administrative, and technical safeguards.

  • Analyze common reasons why critical facilities are at risk
  • Identify potential vulnerabilities to an enterprise
  • Learn about the total cost of ownership (TCO) approach to data center expansion decisions
  • Review real-world examples of how to effectively establish physical, administrative, and technical safeguards
  • Review the six steps required to getting to a TCO

Presented by:

Paul Schlattman
Senior Vice President, Practice Leader,
Environmental Systems Design, Inc.

Paul Schlattman is responsible for business development, project administration, strategic planning of data center, financial trading, and other information technology related projects. His responsibilities include business development, program management, information technology merger/acquisition consulting, planning, data center consolidations, and project coordination. Prior to ESD, Mr. Schlattman founded Nexgen Building Solutions, and was also Senior Vice President of the Information Technology Group at McClier Corporation. Over his career, Mr. Schlattman has consulted within the data center sector in Europe, Pacific Rim, North America and South America. In addition to his international accomplishments, Mr. Schlattman is internationally renowned speaker and published within numerous articles and publications within the industry.

On Demand

Fire Protection

A fire in the data center is anything but typical, and response to it depends specifically upon an organization's acceptable risk and business continuity objectives. This webcast offers a comprehensive look at building an effective fire protection program that goes beyond code and considers key issues such as containment strategies, commissioning, capacity, resiliency, cost, and schedule. Attendees will review range of possible fire scenarios, and learn how fire detection and suppression systems can meet reliability and uptime objectives.

  • Discuss the level of acceptable risk for a data center and
  • Analyze best practices to meet the reliability and business continuity goals
  • Learn how to establish a comprehensive protection program that addresses expected fire risks
  • Review keys to meeting local codes and regulations

Presented by:

Lee A. Kaiser, P.E.
VP Engineering,
ORR Protection Systems

Lee is Vice President of Engineering for Orr Protection Systems a national fire protection contractor focusing on mission critical facilities. He is a Professional Engineer in both fire protection and mechanical engineering with licenses in several states. He leads the design, training, and business support activities for Orr Protection. He is a principal member of the NFPA Technical Committee on Electronic Computer Systems (NFPA 75), is on the Fire Suppression Systems Association Technical Committee, and is a frequent speaker and presenter for seminars, workshops and conferences across the country. Lee is married, has four children and lives in Louisville, Kentucky.

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CEU Information

Program Format:

Each of the 5 webcast modules will be at least an hour long via the Internet. Attendees will log-on to both view the PowerPoint presentation and hear the presenter. A question and answer period will take place directly after the presentation has concluded.

Program Details

  • The program will take place entirely online.
  • A copy of each webcast module's PowerPoint presentation will be e-mailed to all attendees.
  • A help desk will be set up to assist with any troubleshooting needs.


There are no prerequisites for this program. Anyone is allowed to register and attend.

Satisfactory Requirements for CEU

The following requirements are mandatory to receive the IACET CEUs offered:

  • You must be present for over 90% of the time at the program.
  • You must successfully answer at least 70% of the learning outcome assessment questions which will be administered at the conclusion of the series. The assessment will be available June 6, 2016 and a link to access and take the assessment will be emailed to all series participants.

Trade Press Media Group has been approved as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET), 1760 Old Meadow Road, Suite 500, McLean, VA 22102. Trade Press Media Group is authorized by IACET to offer 0.1 CEUs for this program.

Statement of Nondiscrimination

Trade Press Media Group is committed to providing an educational opportunity for all persons and admits students or any race, color, gender, sexual preference, age, non-disqualifying handicap, religion or creed, or national or ethic origin.


You will receive a transcript for the CEUs earned within a month from the program date. If you need to request transcript after the event please use this form.