Disaster Recovery Planning

DISASTER RECOVERY PLANNING FROM A-Z
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This guide to Disaster Recovery Planning is intended to be a launch pad for those seeking help with the business continuity planning process. It offers information, guidance, tips, and links to a range of resources.

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Every business and organization can experience a serious incident which can prevent it from continuing normal operations. This this can happen any day at any time. The potential causes are many and varied: flood, explosion, computer malfunction, accident, grievious act... the list is endless.

The information below is designed to help you plan for these scenarios. They will help you reduce both the risk and impact should the worst occur.

Disaster Recovery Planning - The Basics 
The Right Start
To succeed, the planning exercise must have full support.. and be well planned in itself
Disaster Recovery Plan
Having a disaster recovery plan is a fundamental responsibility of every organization. Developing one need not be a trauma.
Why Bother Planning?
There are a number of good reasons why the plan development project is essential.
Contingency Health Check
How often do you review the adequacy of your contingency? How thorough is the review?
Make It Policy
Contingency planning should be company policy... find suggested policy content here.
Back Up
As a rule of thumb, the more effort you put into this, the easier recovery will be
BIA/Risk Assessment
Impact and risk analysis will help you ensure that your arrangements and disaster recovery plans are appropriate.
Maintenance
Changes to organizations occur all the time - it is important that your plans and continuity arrangements reflect these.

Service Level Agreements - The SLA
Most organizations are dependent upon services or products provided by others. This can be an achilles heel as far as continuity is concerned.

However, the situation can be mitigated via the use of a binding service level agreement (SLA). This will stipulate expectations and requirements clearly for both parties.

As with the disaster recovery plan, the SLA should be carefully crafted to suit your particular situation. The DRG can hopefully provide some background and sensible guidance on this via our new Service Level Agreement Section.

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