Disaster Recovery Plan Template

Disaster Recovery Plan Template


Business Continuity Planning


Sarbanes - Oxley, ISO 27000 (27001 & 27002)
PCI, & HIPAA Compliant

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

  • Disaster Recovery Plan and Business Continuity Template
  • Business and IT Impact Analysis Questionnaire
  • Work Plan
  • Disaster Recovery / Business Continuity Audit Program
  • Pandemic Planning Check List
  • Media Communication plan with a definition of best practices

Features include

  • Compliance with the new ISO 27000 (27001, 27002 and 27031), Sarbanes-Oxley, PCI-DSS and HIPAA standards
  • Web Site Disaster Recovery Planning Form
  • Department Disaster Recovery Activation Workbook
    • Quick Reference Guide
    • Team Alert List (Form)
    • Disaster Recovery Plan and Business Continuity  Team Responsibilities
    • Disaster Recovery Plan and Business Continuity  Team Checklist
    • Critical Functions Definition
    • Normal Business Hour Response Procedures
    • After Hours Response Procedures
    • Disaster Recovery Plan and Business Continuity Location(s) Definition
    • Disaster Recovery Plan and Business Continuity 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

Disaster Recovery Business Continuity Template comes in several versions

Disaster Recovery Business ContinuityDisaster Recovery Business Continuity Standard Edition

  • Disaster Recovery Business Continuity Template (WORD)
    • Disaster Recovery Business Continuity Audit Program - Compliant with ISO 27031, HIPAA, SOX, and PCI-DSS
    • Disaster Recovery Manager Job Description
    • Manager Disaster Recovery & Business Continuity Job Description
    • Application Inventory and Business Impact Analysis Questionnaire
    • Incident Communication Plan and Policy with BEST PRACTICES for
      • News Conferences
      • Media Relations

Disaster Recovery Business ContinuityDisaster Recovery Business Continuity Premium Edition

  • Disaster Recovery Business Continuity Template (WORD)
    • Disaster Recovery Business Continuity Audit Program - Compliant with ISO 27031, HIPAA, SOX, and PCI-DSS
    • Disaster Recovery Manager Job Description
    • Manager Disaster Recovery & Business Continuity Job Description
    • Application Inventory and Business Impact Analysis Questionnaire
    • Incident Communication Plan and Policy with BEST PRACTICES for
      • News Conferences
      • Media Relations
  • 15 Full Job Descriptions (WORD)
    • 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 Continuity
    • Disaster Recovery Coordinator
    • Disaster Recovery - Special Projects Supervisor
    • Manager Database
    • Capacity Planning Supervisor
    • Manager Media Library Suppor
    • Manager Site Management
    • Pandemic Coordinator

Disaster Recovery Business ContinuityDisaster Recovery Business Continuity Gold Edition

  • Disaster Recovery Business Continuity Template (WORD)
    • Disaster Recovery Business Continuity Audit Program - Compliant with ISO 27031, HIPAA, SOX, and PCI-DSS
    • Disaster Recovery Manager Job Description
    • Manager Disaster Recovery & Business Continuity Job Description
    • Application Inventory and Business Impact Analysis Questionnaire
    • Incident Communication Plan and Policy with BEST PRACTICES for
      • News Conferences
      • Media Relations
  • 260 IT Job Descriptions (WORD) including all of the job descriptions contained in the Premium edition

Disaster Recovery Business ContinuityDisaster Recovery Business Continuity Standard Edition

  • Disaster Recovery Business Continuity Template (WORD)
    • Disaster Recovery Business Continuity Audit Program - Compliant with ISO 27031, HIPAA, SOX, and PCI-DSS
    • Disaster Recovery Manager Job Description
    • Manager Disaster Recovery & Business Continuity Job Description
    • Application Inventory and Business Impact Analysis Questionnaire
    • Incident Communication Plan and Policy with BEST PRACTICES for
      • News Conferences
      • Media Relations

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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 Descriptions (each 3 pages long) for:
    • Disaster Recovery Manager
    • Manager Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity
    • Pandemic Coordinator
  • 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

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RTO and SRO defined

March 23rd, 2014

 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

February 17th, 2014

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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Top 10 Best Practices for Omni Commerce and ERP

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What level of changes do CIOs expect to see in the way thier organization manage business continuity

January 9th, 2014

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

December 19th, 2013

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.

Recruitment

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

November 14th, 2013

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

October 28th, 2013

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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