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
  • 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
  • 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

Click on the link below to get the Disaster Recovery Plan and Business Continuity sample pages now and make it a part of your disaster recovery toolkit.

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This template is not for resale or re-distribution

 


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AT&T hardware failure causes outage in South East

August 5th, 2015

Southeast Internet and Wi-Fi failure caused by faulty router

AT&T officials said that the source of the outage was an unexplained router failure and not a fiber cut that affected service for all of the carriers. In this outage, the router was shared or leased by all the major carriers for transmitting voice and Internet services, the officials said.


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Data Centers are becoing more modular

July 1st, 2015

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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May 28th, 2015

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Cost of Downtime is High

April 27th, 2015

The average yearly cost of downtime is $880,000 for mid-sized businesses.

Cloud DRP SecurityHaving a data disaster recovery strategy in place is critical to ensure business continuity in the event of unexpected disruptions. Implementing such a strategy can be delayed for two reasons: one, it's complicated to evaluate business operations to find critical data that needs to be made available immediately after a disaster, and two, many believe that disaster recovery is just too expensive, particularly for small and medium-size businesses.

Both of these issues create friction that slows down the adoption of disaster recovery strategies and technologies; but being able to recover quickly from a data disaster is more important than ever.

The three main options that a small or medium sized company has when building a disaster recovery strategy are:

  • Physically moving tapes or drives offsite.
  • Replicating data between offices or to an offsite data center/centre.
  • DR-as-a-Service from the cloud.
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Setting Business Continuity test conditions

April 14th, 2015

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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 H2N1 (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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10 step disaster recovery planning testing plan

March 18th, 2015

10 step disaster recovery planning test plan

  1. Identify people who will participate in the test
  2. Identify the enterprise operations that will be teste
  3. Train people before the test
  4.  Establish test objectives
  5. Design the test
  6. Document the test plan
  7. Manage pretest administration
  8. Conduct the test
  9. Do a posttest review of successes and failure – implement changes
  10. Schedule the next test

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Top 10 Disaster Recovery Business Continuity Lists

February 2nd, 2015

Top 10 Disaster Recovery Business Continuity Lists

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  3. 10 Points of CIO focus in Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity Planning Top 10 points of CIO focus in planning 10 points of CIO focus that need to be addressed in Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity Planning...
  4. 10 Commandments of Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity  10 commandments of disaster recovery and business continuity planning As requirements for avoiding downtime become increasingly stringent, administrators need tools and platforms that can help...
  5. 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...

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