C.B (Sam) Mulholland
Managing Director
Standby Consulting (New Zealand)

Sam and has worked in the Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery sector for over 15 years. Prior to that he worked for Databank Systems, a consortium of banks in New Zealand, who at one stage were the largest computer organisation in the Southern Hemisphere. Databank had one of the most advanced finance and banking systems in the World. Sam worked his way up through the ranks to become a Data Centre Manager for 16 years and worked in network and central processing data centres.

Sam established Standby Consulting in 1996 and has guided and grown the company from then. Sam has also worked in Australia and Fiji for IBM. Standby now work in both New Zealand and Australia, as well as further afield since setting up a successful Middle East office in 2007.

Sam and his company has carried out 50+ Business Continuity and IT DR Plan projects across a wide variety of organisations, both government, public and privately owned.  These projects have covered, risk assessments, business impact analysis, designing and pricing recovery strategies, and writing various Plans, IT DR Plan and Business Continuity Plan workshops and testing and updating plans and embedding them into organisations.

Besides the Business Continuity Work, Standby has successfully completed other specialised consulting projects and also been the Product Managers and Consultants for the construction of data centres and server rooms.

Sam is a Certified Business Continuity Planner (CBCP), a certification gained through the Disaster Recovery Institute International (DRII), USA plus a Member and a Chartered IT Professional of the Institute of IT Professionals (IITP).


Cyber Security is not just an IT problem

When an organisation suffers a cyber breach it is not just the IT infrastructure that will be affected, a breach of this nature will also very likely impact key departments such as finance and operations, as well as potentially the overall reputation of the organisation.

In this session, we will look at the roles and responsibilities of the non IT departments before, during and after a cyber breach. The actions to be taken that fall on the other departments right from the CEO through to the lower level employees.

Cyber Security should be an integrated element of an organisation’s complete crisis and business continuity management program.

This session will outline the importance of Cyber Security ‘buy in’ throughout the whole organisation; definitions, trigger points and the key elements to minimise the damage to the organisation.