Recovery Planning ( DRP ) :
means "recovering after a disaster, of course"
the rest of us it means
recovery of technical environments, such as I.T. systems, networks and
communications equipment, following an unplanned interruption.
the technical technical aspect of business continuity planning. This
is meant to include the plans and preparations which are necessary to minimize
loss and ensure continuity of the critical business functions of an organization
in the event of disaster.
The disruption from a disaster can threaten your organization's
operations, profitability, and quality of service and image. A comprehensive and
up-to-date Disaster Recovery Plan ( DRP ) prepares your organization for the worst case
Disaster recovery is a concern of the entire organization, not just data
processing, to develop an effective plan, all departments should be involved.
Within all departments the critical needs should be identified and proritised,
include all information and equipment needed in order to continue operations
should a department be destroyed or become inaccessible.
Determing critical needs
To determine the critical needs of the organization, each department should
document all the functions performed within that department. An analysis over a
period of two weeks to one month dependant upon size and will indicate the
inside and outside those departments.
Prioritizing on the processing and operations
Once the critical needs have been documented, management can set priorities
within departments for the overall recovery of the organization. Activities of
each department could be given priorities in the following manner
activities - a disruption in service exceeding one day would jeopardize
operation of the organization.
activities - a disruption of service exceeding one week would jeopardize
seriously the operation of
activities -this information would be convenient to have but would not detract seriously from the operating capabilities if it were missing.
Disaster recovery planning involves more than off-site storage or backup
processing. Organizations should also develop written, comprehensive disaster
recovery plans that address all the critical operations and functions of the
business. The plan should include documented and tested procedures, which, if
followed, will ensure the ongoing availability of critical resources and
continuity of operations.
first step in the disaster recovery process is to perform a business impact
analysis that considers all of the the potential impacts from the disaster
senarios put forward.
Recovery Plans should consider how to deal with these possible events:
outages / spikes
failures due to viruses etc
or Hardware Failures
Disasters from flooding etc
DRP must be integrated with the whole enterprise and must be tested
through drills and exercises that validates your plans.
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