Dr. Akhtar Syed BSc., MSC., Phd., MABR, CBRM, CBRITP, CBRA, CISSP.

Dr. Syed is a Certified Business Resilience Manager (CBRM) and a doctorate degree holder with over eighteen years of experience in business continuity and Information Technology. He possesses strong management, business continuity, and consulting skills that are proven through successful completion of numerous challenging projects. He is currently serving as a senior business continuity trainer and consultant at BRCCI. He is also the author of a popular business continuity book entitled “Business Continuity Planning Methodology” - a comprehensive and in-depth guide to developing, implementing, and maintaining a business continuity plan. This book reflects his field experience helping client organizations in all aspects of business continuity and disaster recovery. Dr. Syed has also developed a computer-based BC/DR training course covering the entire BC planning lifecycle. As an experienced consultant and trainer, he has trained and guided clients on the application of his BC implementation methodology to their BC/DR programs. He has developed an advanced framework for BC audit and has guided internal auditors on the use of audit methodology to assess their organizations’ business continuity programs. Dr. Syed has worked with IBM’s business continuity and recovery services where he assisted numerous clients with business continuity related projects including hot-site services, BC requirement assessments, threats risk assessments (TRA), Business Impact Assessment (BIA), BC plan development and testing. He played a central role in Y2K contingency and disaster recovery planning project for a major international satellite communication provider. His other areas of interest include crisis communication and emergency response planning. He is keenly interested in advancing the field of business continuity and disaster recovery as he actively promotes business resilience as the next step for business continuity field. He has presented, through a special invitation, a model and concept for business resilience to a committee responsible for NFPA 1600 standard on business continuity and disaster recovery.

Below is a table summarizing the number of training courses conducted by Dr. Syed on behalf of BRCCI.

 

Training Course Number of Courses Conducted by Dr. Syed Time Period
1 3-day CBRM (Certified Business Resilience Manager) training

130

2002-Present
2 3-day CBRITP (Certified Business Resilience IT Professional) training

94

2007-Present
3 2-day CBRA (Certified Business Resilience Auditor) training

59

2002-Present
4 1-day Introduction to BCM 12 2002-Present

Testimonials – from participants who attended Dr. Syed’s training

“The course was presented in a logical, even paced format by an instructor who took the time to understand your environment and how BCP would relate to you. Thoroughly enjoyed the class. I know that you train people for a living, but if there were more trainers like you, I think career education would be better off.”

- Steven Ruffolo // Technical Lead | Veritiv Corporation

“I just wanted to send you a thank you for the CBRM Seminar instruction. When I returned to work on Tuesday, I passed along to my boss and coworkers that the course and instructor were excellent. One of my peers even said, "Wow, you NEVER say that about a training course." Having a background in training, I'm a pretty tough judge when it comes to external training seminars. The course surpassed my expectations.”

- Lesley S. // CBRM Operational Risk/Compliance, M&T Bank

“I just wanted to take the opportunity to thank you and, in particular, Dr. Syed, for the impressive curriculums that were presented last week. I had the privilege of sitting Dr. Syed's seminar for the CBRM as well as the CBRA. In short, they were both well-structured to present complex processes and concepts in a cohesive, concise and logical order. Moreover, the two curriculums will serve as the primary drivers for how I structure my internal Business Continuity/Resiliency models as well as my auditing techniques. The "takeaways" from both classes are superb in terms of ease of use and clarity of logic. Of note, the seminar setting offered an intellectual intimacy that fostered solid discussion and direct dialog on the complex topics presented. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and would most certainly recommend and encourage attendance to both seminars. Well Done!”

 - John Kunert, DKI Services

"This course was one of the most valuable and pertinent that I have taken in my 35 years of service"

- Larry M., Facilities Director, CalSTRS.

"This is one of the best courses I have taken in my 30+ years in Information Technology. The course was very organized and informative. The instructor did an outstanding job explaining the material and keeping the class interested with student participation and real-life experiences. I would highly recommend this course to anyone who would like quality Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery training."

 - Ben B., ADP Inc.

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