Project 3 Task 2

Topics: Backup, Business continuity planning, Business continuity and disaster recovery Pages: 6 (1016 words) Published: May 28, 2014
Dennis Thomas
Mr. Hale
Step One - Organize the Project 
Appoint coordinator/project leader, if the leader is not the dean or chairperson. 1. Determine most appropriate plan organization for the unit 2. Identify and convene planning team and sub-teams as appropriate (for example, lead computer support personnel should be in the team if the plan will involve recovery of digital data and documents). 3. At the unit level

a. scope - the area covered by the disaster recovery plan, and objectives -  b. assumptions
4. Set project timetable
5. Obtain approval of scope, assumptions and project plan, if the leader is not the administrator.

Step Two – Conduct Business Impact Analysis  

In order to complete the business impact analysis, most units will perform the following steps: 1. Identify functions, processes and systems
2. Interview information systems support personnel 
3. Interview business unit personnel 
4. Analyze results to determine critical systems, applications and business processes 5. Prepare impact analysis of interruption on critical systems  

Step Three – Conduct Risk Assessment  
1. Review physical security (e.g. secure office, building access off hours, etc.) 2. Review backup systems
3. Review data security
4. Review policies on personnel termination and transfer   5. Identify systems supporting mission critical functions
6.  (Such as flood, tornado, physical attacks, etc.)  
7. Assess probability of system failure or disruption
8. Prepare risk and security analysis  

Step Four - Develop Strategic Outline for Recovery  
1. Assemble groups as appropriate for:

Hardware and operating systems




Other critical functions and business processes as identified in the Business Impact Analysis 1 For each system/process above quantify the following processing requirements:

Light, normal and heavy processing days  

Transaction volumes

Dollar volume (if any)

Estimated processing time

Allowable delay (days, hours, minutes, etc.)
Detail all the steps in your workflow for each  critical business function  Identify systems and application
Component name and technical id (if any)

Type (online, batch process, script)


Run time

Allowable delay (days, hours, minutes, etc.)  
Identify vital records (e.g., libraries, processing schedules, procedures, research, advising records, etc.)

Name and description

Type (e.g., backup, original, master, history, etc.)

Where are they stored

Source of item or record  

Can the record be easily replaced from another source (e.g., reference materials)


Backup generation frequency

Number of backup generations available onsite

Number of backup generations available off-site

Location of backups

Media type

Retention period 

Rotation cycle 

Who is authorized to retrieve the backups?
1 Identify if a severe disruption occurred what would be the minimum requirements/replacement needs to perform the critical function during the disruption.

Type (e.g. server hardware, software, research materials, etc.)

Item name and description

Quantity required

Location of inventory, alternative, or offsite storage

7. Identify if alternate methods of processing either exist or could be developed, quantifying where possible, impact on processing. (Include manual processes.) 8. Identify person(s) who supports the system or application 9. Identify primary person to contact if system or application cannot function as normal 10. Identify secondary person to contact if system or application cannot function as normal 11. Identify all vendors associated with the system or application 12. Document unit strategy during recovery (conceptually how will the unit function?) 13. Quantify resources required for recovery, by time frame (e.g., 1 pc per day, 3 people per hour,...
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