Disaster Recovery Plan - Business Continuity Plan Template

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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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IT Infrastructure Archieture

Business leaders now understand that digital is central to their business and success.  They are grasping that fact that their customers, products, and competitors are now fundamentally digital.   Their operations and insights are digital.   Digital business promises to usher in an unprecedented convergence of people, business, and things that disrupts existing business models.   While 74% of business executives say their company has a digital strategy, only 15% believe that their company has the skills and capabilities to execute on that strategy. A piecemeal strategy of bolting on digital channels or methods is no longer sufficient.

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Infrastructure architecture

The foundation of Janco framework is its IT Infrastructure, Strategy, and Charter which provides the overall structure

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RTO and SRO defined

 RTO is the maximum length of time a process can go without being performed before there are unacceptable operational, financial, or regulatory impacts (et al). A service recovery objective is how soon the business continuity or disaster recovery plan must be implemented in order to fulfill the RTO (management defined recovery objectives). For example, if a call center has a 96 hour RTO, but it will take at least 24 hours to implement the recovery plan, then the SRO is 72 hours. Other organizations may have a different perspective on the term. I'm guessing you can frame the relationship between an RTO and SRO mathematically as X+SRO=RTO where "X" indicates the zero (origin) point of the disruption to operations, SRO indicates the time needed to implement the recovery procedures, and RTO indicates the management defined recovery objective.

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Recent DR study raises a number of concerns

The results of a recent study indicate an urgent need for organizations to make significant improvements to their backup strategies with one in five organizations experiencing back-up failures at least monthly and one in 10 weekly. As a result, 53 percent of organizations plan to make changes to their backup strategy this year. Incorporating cloud storage was the remedy most often cited by these respondents.

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Disaster recovery was the area where backup strategies were most under stress:

  • 12 percent of respondents predict that they can recover from a site disaster within a couple hours. Cloud storage users were twice as likely to recover in that timeframe (20 percent) as non-cloud storage users (9 percent).
  • 63 percent of organizations measure site recovery time in days, with 29 percent requiring four days or more.
  • More than half of organizations experience backup failure multiple times a year due to a host of issues from connectivity failure (25 percent), equipment failure (21 percent) or file corruption (18 percent).

As organizations try to minimize the resource commitment required by their backup strategies, the survey found the results on management and maintenance standards alarming. Specifically the report found:

  • 75 percent of respondents are backing up more data than they did last year, and 21 percent are backing up at least twice the data as last year. Only three percent report backing up less data.
  • 59 percent of organizations keep backups in only one location, typically a single, physical site.
  • Individual applications were at greatest risk, with nearly a quarter of organizations backing up applications less often than monthly and, in some cases never.
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What level of changes do CIOs expect to see in the way thier organization manage business continuity

Only 16.8% expect no changes in infrastructure and organizational business continuity in 2014.

Almost half (49.6%) expect to see small changes; and a third (33.6%) anticipate large changes in the way their organization manages business continuity.

CIOs expecting to see changes were asked to provide details of the one area that is likely to have the biggest impact on business continuity practices or strategies within their organization. The key trends were:

  • 10.3%  expect to see a significant increase in testing and/or exercising activities;
  • 9.3% will be making major revisions to BCM strategies and/or BCP(s);
  • 8.2% will embark on new ISO 22301 alignment, implementation and certification projects;
  • 8.2% will be taking a more holistic approach to BCM;
  • 6.2% expect Changes in the business / organizational structure;
  • 5.2% will be making improvements in incident management processes;
  • 4.1% think there will be an increased focus on supply chain resilience / supply chain dependencies;
  • 4.1% will be taking a new approach to BIAs or will be making a complete reassessment.

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Trends in Business Continuity according to Continuity Central

Trends that are emerging in terms of the changes that business continuity professionals expect to see include:

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  • 10 percent are anticipating changes in incident / crisis management processes;
  • 8 percent expect to see greater integration with the wider business;
  • 5 percent expect ISO 22301 implementation projects to drive change in 2014.

Business continuity budgets

The majority (53 percent) of respondents state that their 2014 spending will be the same as 2013. However more than a third say that their business continuity budgets will be increased: 22 percent state that spending will be higher in 2014 compared to 2013; and 15 percent state that it will be much higher.


Three quarters (77 percent) of respondents believe that their organization’s business continuity team will remain the same size in 2014. However a fifth (21 percent) expect the team to grow with new additions being made. Only 2.5 percent of respondents expect their business continuity team to shrink.

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Data Centers are becoing more modular

DRP/BCP Security TemplatesMany companies are looking for ways to expand its business while also delivering better services to its customers without any added cost. They look at their data centers, which are the backbone of the online services, data hosting and backup services it provides its clients, a significant areas where costs could be trimmed. Traditional fixed-structure data centers often lack energy efficiencies and require a large amount of capital upfront, so many companies are adding prefabricated modular data center to its portfolio.

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The modular prefabricated model allows a company to customize each module to match the respective data-center environments that its customers needed. Being able to have four data centers with four different types of cooling systems, for example, is a huge selling point.

Modular data centers come in two forms: containerized or prefabricated. Fitting all software and equipment into a trailer-sized unit, containerized data centers are customized to support a company’s specific power conditions or cooling-method needs. Prefabricated data centers are shipped to the customer site with the majority of construction completed offsite; these modules are designed to be deployed within a building or computer-like powered shells.

Containers are more for specific-use cases. For example, the military prefers container data centers, which can easily be moved from one site to another.

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Just in time manufacturing disaster recovery impacts

Just-in-time manufacturing techniques, under which components are delivered to factories for assembly into larger components or final products only as needed, are key to eliminating the cost of carrying inventories of those components. To work properly, just-in-time manufacturing requires careful control of supply chains.

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IT supply chains can be precarious in the best of times. But a natural or man-made disaster can snap otherwise efficient supply chains, resulting in shortages and price spikes that could disrupt an entire industry.

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The IT industry has already experienced such breaks in the past few years, including the impact of Thailand floods on the hard-drive industry and the impact of a Japanese earthquake on supply of a variety of key components.

How precarious is the global IT supply chain? Here are some of the potential disasters and several examples of real disasters that did impact IT production.

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Business Continuity Plans - Paper or Electronic?

In advisory issued by the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s (CFTC) Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight it was recommended, among other things, that "firms should consider keeping their business continuity plans, contact lists and other necessary documents, procedures and manuals at the alternative site, ideally in paper form in the event that electronic files cannot be accessed."

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In response to the above, a survey asked the question:"How important are paper-based business continuity plans?

  • 55.6 percent of respondents believe that paper based business continuity plans are essential;
  • 24.8 percent say that they are quite important; and
  • 19.7 percent say that they are not important.

There was some variation of opinion depending on the size of the respondent’s organization. 57.3 percent of business continuity professionals in large organizations see paper-based BCPs as essential; this drops to 42.9 percent in medium-sized organizations and 50 percent in small organizations. However, 63.6 percent of those in micro organizations say that paper-based BCPs are essentia

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Setting Business Continuity test conditions

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The choice of business continuity exercise test conditions is an important factor in its success, but how do you go about deciding what you should focus on?

Start by determining the top risks for your organization but avoid being influenced by external hype and scare-stories.

For example, in the middle of flu season, it is likely that some people might suggest that an appropriate exercise would simulate a response to an increasing number of influenza cases among workers which escalates into a workforce shortage. I am reminded of the intense focus on pandemic planning during the mid-2000s when there was significant attention given to a strain of avian influenza which rarely is transmitted to humans becoming much more easily transmitted to people and setting off a pandemic; or, the H1N1 (Swine Flu) pandemic of 2009 which drove the World Health Organization to create a lot of anxiety when it raised its pandemic alert level for the first time to phase 5, meaning that a full pandemic was considered imminent. While both are still very much risks today, they became subject to high-levels of media attention but then quickly subsided when the media found something more interesting to follow.

Simple scenarios that have no direct correlation to the risks that concern management only serve to produce superficial exercises that do little to further the development of a business continuity plan and are likely to reduce the value of business continuity management in the organization.

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