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Disaster Recovery Plan - Business Continuity Plan Template


ISO 27000 ( formerly ISO 17799 ) - Sarbanes-Oxley - HIPAA - PCI-DSS Compliant

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Data center and information systems infrastructure are the backbone enabler's of most companies’ critical business processes. When organizations experience a major disaster or disruption, ensuring operational continuity for critical business processes requires that IT and electronic data be recovered in a timely manner.

The IT Disaster Recovery Business Continuity Template delivers a proven solution designed to protect and, if necessary, relocate critical information systems to alternate data center facilities. The Disaster Recovery Business Continuity Template does this by employing a comprehensive strategic and tactical planning approach that aligns recovery solutions with key business requirements and tolerances for disruption. The Disaster Recovery Business Continuity Template also delivers an actionable recovery plans that will direct your staff to respond to events beginning from the point of an initial data center disruption through alternate site relocation, operational recovery and return to your home facilities.

The Disaster Recovery Business Continuity Template has helped hundreds of organizations across a broad spectrum of industries in the creation of actionable Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity plan. DRP BCP Audit Program

This Disaster Recovery Plan (DRP) can be used as a Disaster Planning template for any enterprise. The Disaster Recovery template and supporting material have been updated to be Sarbanes-Oxley and HIPAA compliant.  The Disaster Planning Template comes as a Word document and includes:

  • Disaster Recovery Plan and Business Continuity Template
  • Business and IT Impact Analysis Questionnaire
  • Work Plan
  • Disaster Planning Audit Program
  • Incident (Media) Communication Plan/Policy

Features include:

  • Disaster Recovery PlanningCompliance with ISO 27000 ( ISO 27001, ISO 27002, and ISO 27031), Sarbanes-Oxley and HIPAA standards
  • Web Site Disaster Recovery Planning Form
  • Department Disaster Recovery Activation Workbook
    • Quick Reference Guide
    • Team Alert List (Form)
    • DRP Team Responsibilities
    • DRP Team Checklist
    • Critical Function(s) Definition
    • Normal Business Hour Response Procedures
    • After Hours Response Procedures
    • DRP Location(s) Definition
    • DRP Recovery Procedures
    • Notification Procedures
    • Notification Call List (Form)
  • Updated Business and IT Impact Analysis Questionnaire
  • Vendor Disaster Recovery Questionnaire
  • Vendor Phone List Form Updated
  • Key Customer Notification Form
  • Critical Resources to be Retrieved Form
  • Business Continuity Off-Site Materials Form
The premium edition contains full multi-page job descriptions for:
  • Chief Information Officer
  • Chief Security Officer
  • Chief Compliance Officer
  • VP Strategy and Architecture
  • Director Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity
  • Director e-Commerce
  • Director Media Communications
  • Manager Disaster Recovery
  • Manager Disaster Recovery and Business ContinuityDisaster Recovery Coordinator
  • Disaster Recovery - Special Projects Supervisor
  • Manager Database
  • Capacity Planning Supervisor
  • Manager Media Library Support
  • Manager Site Management; and
  • Pandemic Coordinator

The DRP template is over 200 pages and includes everything needed to customize the Disaster Recovery Plan to fit your specific requirement.  The electronic document includes proven written text and examples for the following major sections of a disaster recovery plan:

  • Plan Introduction
  • Business Impact Analysis - including a sample impact matrix
  • DRP Organization Responsibilities pre and post disaster - drp checklist
  • Backup Strategy for Data Centers, Departmental File Servers, Wireless Network servers, Data at Outsourced Sites, Desktops (In office and "at home"), Laptops and PDA's.
  • Recovery Strategy including approach, escalation plan process and decision points
  • Disaster Recovery Procedures in a check list format
  • Plan Administration Process
  • Technical Appendix including definition of necessary phone numbers and contact points
  • Job Description for Disaster Recovery Manager (3 pages long) - entire disaster recovery team job descriptions are available.
  • Work Plan to modify and implement the template.  Included is a list of deliverables for each task. (Risk Assessment and Vulnerability Assessment)
There is a extensive section that show how a full test of the DRP can be conducted.  It includes

  • Disaster Recovery Manager Responsibilities
  • Distribution of the Disaster Recovery Plan
  • Maintenance of the Business Impact Analysis
  • Training of the Disaster Recovery Team
  • Testing of the Disaster Recovery Plan
  • Evaluation of the Disaster Recovery Plan Tests
  • Maintenance of the Disaster Recovery Plan

Click on the link below to get the DRP/BC sample pages now and make it a part of your disaster recovery toolkit.

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Testimonial - Dave Baker - City of Hamilton - I have found the DRP template invaluable!

Testimonial - Bob Rifenbury -MCSE/CCNA Launch Testing Lab - The DRP Template saved me about 6 months of work!

Testimonial -  Kelly Keeler - Martin's Point Health Care - I have received and I began using the template immediately. IT IS GREAT! Made this process a snap for me. Cut my documentation time down from.  weeks to hours! This document has made, what began to be an overwhelming process turn into a snap!

Testimonial - Juan Stamos - Mexico City Corporation - We had a DRP in place, but needed a more user friendly structure.  The Disaster Recovery Template (Gold edition) has that structure.  It was very easy to quickly move our DRP into Janco's DRP Template -- a real added value.

* Update service is for 12 months unless it is purchased within 30 days of the purchase of the Template.  Janco reserves the right to validate purchase of the customer was made for the template.

 

This template is not for resale or re-distribution - Disaster Recovery Planning Template Disaster Recovery Guide

 

Disaster Recovery Business Continuity News


Business Continuity versus Disaster Recovery Planning

Business continuity (BC) refers to maintaining business functions or quickly resuming them in the event of a major disruption, whether caused by a fire, flood, epidemic illness or a malicious attack across the Internet. A BC plan outlines procedures and instructions an organization must follow in the face of such disasters; it covers business processes, assets, human resources, business partners and more.

Many people think a disaster recovery plan is the same as a business continuity plan, but a DR plan focuses mainly on restoring IT infrastructure and operations after a crisis. It's actually just one part of a complete business continuity plan, as a BC plan looks at the continuity of the entire organization. Do you have a way to get HR, manufacturing, and sales and support functionally up and running so the company can continue to make money right after a disaster?

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Storge is not cheap -- it can add significantily to operational costs

Storage is cheap. But is it really? Storage is often considered an inexpensive, quick and easy fix to demands for more space needed for our enterprise applications. The problem is that this "bargain" isn't always the deal it appears to be. While the direct cost of traditional disk storage is indeed lower, associated costs of simply adding more storage are often underestimated.

There are hidden costs of the "buy more storage" methodology, and how it not only impacts the IT budget, but also application performance, IT productivity and business continuity. CIOs need to be more strategic about storage to accommodate both short-term data needs and long-term retention goals, reducing costs, improving performance and reducing risks associated with storing enterprise data.

Question that need to be answered are:

  • Is our data safe in transit and at rest?
  • What prevents hackers from gaining access to our data?
  • Is our data properly handled, stored, and deleted?
  • Who can access our data?
  • What are the benchmark measurements?
  • Is our data backup strategy compliant?
  • Will our recovery be successful?
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Supply chain distruptions can be fatal to an enterprise

Supply chains cannot tolerate even 24 hours of disruption. With so many uncertainties, defining company's sourcing strategy and becoming the customer of choice for the suppliers during difficult times is a challenging task. So how do you ensure your supply lines are safe? See the Business Continuity Template that address all of these challenges.

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Top 10 Backup Best Practices

10 Backup Best Practices – Rules of the Road for CIOs and DR/BC Managers Top 10 Backup Best Practices – Many CIOs want to improve their ability to recover from system failures and data loss, especially to protect themselves from … Continue reading

Question that need to be answered are:

  • Is our data safe in transit and at rest?
  • What prevents hackers from gaining access to our data?
  • Is our data properly handled, stored, and deleted?
  • Who can access our data?
  • What are the benchmark measurements?
  • Is our data backup strategy compliant?
  • Will our recovery be successful?
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Managing backup and recovery in today's environment is a multi-dimensional challenge with both near and long term business requirements. Recent technological developments in disk backup have had a positive impact on short term data retention requirements (see also BYOD policy).

Disaster Recovery Security Cloud DRP Security Incident Communication Policy Security Audit Program
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Disaster Recovery Business Continuity News Digest

Disaster Recovery Business Continuity News

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  1. Business Continuity Planning for Survival Under Stress Business continuity and disaster recovery planning took a real hit in the recession that started in 2008.  First many companies reduced the number and intensity...
  2. The new business continuity and disaster recovery standard – ISO 22312 versus ISO 22301 New business continuity and disaster recovery standard CIOs, Business continuity practitioners, vendors and consultants have ISO 22313 (see https://www.e-janco.com/DRP.htm) as a handy tool that addresses...
  3. Top 10 Predictions for Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity 10 Disaster Recovery – Business Continuity Predictions for 2013 Disaster Recovery vs Business Resilience  – There will be a move from an academic discussion to practical...
  4. Disaster Recovery Business Continuity Tools Tools available for Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity planning There are several tools available for Disaster Recovery and Business continuity. Follow the links below for...
  5. Top 10 Reasons Why Disaster Recovery Business Continuity Plans Fail In the recession many organizations put disaster recovery and business continuity on the back burner. As a result those plans are not as functional as...

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Planning the Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity Processes

MTO Disaster Timeline

Preparation for Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity in light of SOX has two primary parts. The first is putting systems in place to completely protect all financial and other data required to meet the reporting regulations and to archive the data to meet future requests for clarification of those reports. The second is to clearly and expressly document all these procedures so that in the event of a SOX audit, the auditors clearly see that the Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity Plan exists and appropriately protects the data and assets of the enterprise.

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Disaster Recovery Articles

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Power Distruptions - Defining Maximum Tolerable Period of Disruption

Defining Maximum Tolerable Period of Disruption

Systemic changes in the global power sector mean that there is increasing fragility surrounding supply security and end users should not expect the future continuity of supply to be guaranteed says a Marsh consultant.

The global power sector is increasingly vulnerable to a new series of threats, which is in turn creating uncharted risk management issues.

In the past, power sector policymakers have had to find a balance between the two objectives of supply security and maintaining a cost structure that enables end-users to have access to electricity to promote economic development. Over the last decade great attention has been paid to a third imperative which the global power sector cannot ignore: environmental sustainability.

 

Disaster Types

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SDDs fail without warning

DRP/BCP Security TemplatesThe creator of the Linux kernel, Linus Torvalds found out the hard way that solid-state drives (SSDs) aren't invincible -- and when they do fail, they can die without warning and at inconvenient times.

While SSDs are vastly better performers than hard disk drives and are considered more reliable for mobile devices because they have no mechanical parts to break, they do have a limited lifespan. With some early SSDs, that lifespan ended up being less than a year, depending on the quality and use of the drive.

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While there are no moving parts in an SSD, the semiconductor components can fail. For example, a NAND die, the SSD controller, capacitors, or other passive components can -- and do -- slowly wear out or fail entirely.

Although most client drives outlast their three-to-five year warranties, if Torvalds was subjecting such a drive to heavier workstation-type workloads, which happens a fair bit in enterprises, "the lifespan likely will not meet expectations," Chien said.

The NAND flash media plays a key role, as its quality differs between manufacturers. And earlier generations of NAND flash have lower endurance characteristics related to bit errors -- when electrons leak through cell walls -- and program disturbs. A program disturb is the unintentional programming of a memory cell. Do it enough, and endurance suffers.

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Business Continuity High Risk Users

Business Continuity - Disasters Happen

Individual users who pose high risks to and organization to disaster recovery planning efforts and when an event occurs...

Once a plan is created and an event occurs, failures can be predicted because of a few types of high risk individuals. When the plan is activated, they are the ones who are not prepared, "too busy" focusing on the wrong things, and are the first ones to blame someone else because their part of the recovery process did not work.

  • When you are creating your plan you need to be aware of these "personalities" and address them quickly.
  • People who do not "participate" actively and often avoid documenting their procedures and backup/recovery processes
  • People who never take a vacation or are the "sole" point of contact within a group because for whatever reason they are the only ones who know the big picture
  • People who are the "heroes" who keep things running and are indispensable

Many organizations are either blind to the risk or reluctant to do something about these types of individuals, almost out of fear of upsetting the individual. This just hands them more power and the longer the situation persists the greater the risk to your organization.
Every organization has at least one of these personality types. As the individual responsible for your disaster recovery plan you should take the time to

  • Identify who they are
  • Do not be held to ransom by these people - they could resign tomorrow
  • Deal with them - take action before it is too late
  • De-personalize the situation - it is about your process not the individual.

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