Disaster recovery plan (DRP) is the process an organization uses to recover access to their software, data, and/or hardware that are needed to resume the performance of normal, critical business functions after the event of either a natural disaster or a disaster caused by humans. While Disaster Recovery plans, or DRPs, often focus on bridging the gap where data, software, or hardware have been damaged or lost, one cannot forget the vital element of manpower that composes much of any organization. The nature of the interruption should determine how a business continuation plan is although the disaster recovery plan provides guidance and documentation upon which to base emergency response, resumption and recovery planning efforts; it is not intended to be a substitute for informed decision-making. Directors, managers and executives must identify services for which disruption will result in significant financial and/or operational losses. Constructing a plan and presenting it to executive management may satisfy the immediate need for having a documented plan; however, this is not sufficient if the goal is to have viable response, resumption, recovery, and restoration capabilities. In order to establish that capability, “plans and the activities associated with their maintenance, including training revisions and exercises, must become an integral part of the planning process” (http://www.csoonline.com).Developing a Disaster Recovery Plan that encompasses activities required to maintain a viable continuity capability ensures that a consistent planning methodology is applied including: •
Implementing accurate and continuous vital records, data backup, and off-site storage •
Implementing capabilities for rapid transferal of voice and data communication circuits to alternative sites •
Providing necessary communications systems to the critical recovery team •
Developing strategies for providing alternative sites for business operations •
Constructing a contingency organization used.
It is the responsibility of the Disaster Recovery Department and its committees to develop and maintain individualbusiness continuity plans in concert with that of the individual department Directors and Managers.To insure the plan is accessible after hours to the individual department managers and directors, it is stronglyrecommended that a copy of each disaster recovery plan be maintained offsite and available in the event of abusiness disruption or a planned exercise. Copies of individual department plans are available through each department and secure extranet server as well. The company maintains its vital records in both hard copy and electronic format. In the event of an internal businessdisruption requiring use of the company’s alternative recovery facility, the electronic records as well as those paperdocuments stored off-site will support recovery. Our organization maintains its primary business records at its home facility. It is the organization corporate mandate to have systems in place by which all vital records and transactions will be totallyreplicated at the time the transactions are initially captured. Because of that corporate mandate, copies of thetransactions are available at both its home facility and its disaster recovery data center.According to the experts that “considering the investments businesses make in their IT infrastructures, they should also invest sufficient time and resources to protect those investments from unplanned and potentially destructive events” (http://searchdisasterrecovery.techtarget.com/). The fundamental basis of Disaster Recovery Planning is to develop a methodology beginning with project planning and loss avoidance and following through to ongoing testing and maintenance. Below are graphics that describe some rudimentary steps to develop a fundamental Disaster Recovery Plans: Fundamental 1 - Preparing for the Planning Process
A. Executive Management Meets to define Objectives and Goals of a Disaster...
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