The primary objective of a Disaster Recovery plan (a.k.a.
Business Continuity plan) is the description of how an organization has to deal with potential natural or human-induced disasters.
Business Continuity or DRP steps involve an extensive analysis of an organization’s business processes, IT infrastructure, data backup, resources, continuity requirements and disaster prevention methods.
Secondly, it is the process of creating a comprehensive document encompassing details that will aid businesses in recovering from catastrophic events.
Testing and Maintenance The dates of testing, disaster recovery scenario, and plans for each scenario should be documented.
Maintenance involves record of scheduled review on a daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly, yearly basis; reviews of plans, teams, activities, tasks accomplished and complete documentation review and update.
With some companies the people involved won’t know in advance that a test is about to happen.
The idea here is to build up to testing the full plan knowing that all the components work.
Again, problems are fixed and the component test re-run until a satisfactory result is reached.
A workable business continuity planning template or scenario plans are available with most IT-based organizations to train employees with the procedures to be carried out in the event of a catastrophe.
DR Team – Roles and Responsibilities Documentation should include identification and contact details of key personnel in the disaster recovery team, their roles and responsibilities in the team.