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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:

Features include:

The premium edition contains full multi-page job descriptions for:

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:

There is a extensive section that show how a full test of the DRP can be conducted.  It includes

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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Testimonial - Dave Baker - City of Hamilton - I have found the DRP template invaluable!

Testimonial - Bob Rifenbury -MCSE/CCNA Launch Testing Lab - The DRP Template saved me about 6 months of work!

Testimonial -  Kelly Keeler - Martin's Point Health Care - I have received and I began using the template immediately. IT IS GREAT! Made this process a snap for me. Cut my documentation time down from.  weeks to hours! This document has made, what began to be an overwhelming process turn into a snap!

Testimonial - Juan Stamos - Mexico City Corporation - We had a DRP in place, but needed a more user friendly structure.  The Disaster Recovery Template (Gold edition) has that structure.  It was very easy to quickly move our DRP into Janco's DRP Template -- a real added value.

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Winter weather test business continuity plans

The gusting winds, heavy snow, and freezing temperatures associated with winter are normal and often anticipated occurrences throughout most of the world’s cold weather climates. However, not only cold weather locales are vulnerable to extreme winter weather losses. In fact, moderate climate
regions not normally associated with harsh winter weather tend to suffer the most costly losses as they are typically unprepared to endure such conditions.

Winter weather events mixed with a lack of preparation can lead to building damage, freeze-up, flood, and business interruption losses. Advance preparation can help to mitigate winter weather impacts on your operations and business continuity.

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Enhancing organizations' adaptive capacity and resilience through effective decision-making in the recovery phase.

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Complex, disruptive, events require sound leadership and an ability to effectively address uncertainty. Applying effective decision-making to meet the challenges created by emergencies and disasters requires leaders to consider and balance their thinking with that of others and to engage in new approaches to emergency decision-making.

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IT disaster recovery plan best practices: Fundamentals in DR planning

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In an IT disaster recovery plan, the business impact analysis and risk analysis are the foundations upon which actual contingency planning is based. In this Janco focuses on these fundamentals of the DR template with detailed guides to carrying out the necessary research and analysis that will uncover the risks your business faces should disaster strike.

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Does a good DR plan improve ROI?

Companies will not see immediate ROI on being prepared for a disaster, but in the event something happens, they will be happy that they took the time to get ready. What would the revenue loss be if the company had an outage for 10, 30 or 90 minutes? How confident is the enterprise in its ability to meet the availability requirements in the SLAs with its clients?

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Being prepared allows an enterprise's brand to greatly improve your advertising infrastructure performance and reliability that, in the end, will boost confidence in the brand.

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Small Buisness impacted most when disasters occur

Downtime and data loss caused by natural disasters can be detrimental to any small business. On average, survey respondents said it would take 16 days to recreate or recover their files – and nearly a third said they would never be able to recover or recreate all of their important business data if it was lost.

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In addition to lost time, data loss can hit a small business where it hurts – their bank account. Carbonite found that on average, small businesses would lose $2,976 per day if they were unable to operate. This means the average small business could lose a devastating $47,616 over the 16 days it takes them to recover their data.

More than two-thirds of small businesses have not created a disaster recovery plan and 62 percent of small businesses mistakenly think that any damage caused by a natural disaster would be covered by insurance. In fact, data loss isn't covered by traditional insurance. And even though thousands of small businesses were displaced following Superstorm Sandy, nearly half of small business owners don't have an alternative place they could work from if their work place becomes a disaster zone.

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Disaster Recovery Plan to Business Continuity Plan

You have put a disaster recovery plan in place, with your data backed up and stored, but what do you do in the interim? You need a business continuity plan that reduces downtime.

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A solid business continuity plan needs to be in place before an emergency, whether that's an actual disaster, or just a server outage.

The Disaster Recovery Business Continuity Template provides what you need to consider when creating and implementing a business continuity plan such as:

  • Consistent backup of data to a cloud or localized server
  • Seamless reintegration of backup data
  • Full server imaging to minimize extra reconfiguring the system
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Disaster Recovery Audit

DRP / BCP Audit ProgramA core process that he identified was a Disaster Plan Audit.  This Disaster Recovery / Business Continuity Audit program identifies control objectives that are meet by the audit program.  There are 36 specific items that the audit covers in the 13 page audit program.  Included are references to specific Janco products that directly address the areas the audit covers. This program can be used as standalone audit program or in concert with the following Janco offerings:

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  • Business and IT Impact Questionnaire
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July disaster recap

Impact Forecasting, the catastrophe model development center of excellence at Aon Benfield, has released the latest edition of its monthly Global Catastrophe Recap report, which reviews the major natural disasters that occurred worldwide during July 2013.

The report reveals that strong thunderstorms brought record rainfall to the greater Toronto metropolitan region, resulting in Canada's second billion-dollar natural disaster event of 2013 – the first being an extensive flood event that inundated the province of Alberta in June.
No fatalities or serious injuries were reported amid the flooding and power outages, and total economic losses were estimated to approach CAD1.5 billion (USD1.45 billion), with an expectation that roughly half of that cost will be covered by insurance (CAD750 million (USD730 million)).

Meanwhile, three stretches of severe weather impacted the United States during the month, comprising highly damaging straight-line winds and hail. Total combined economic and insured losses were expected to reach hundreds of millions of dollars (USD).

Elsewhere during the month, seasonal rainfall swept across several Asian countries:

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Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity plans need to consider natural weather and events. The effects that natural events have on the environment directly and indirectly may be harmful to people. Forest fires and volcanoes harm air quality. Hurricanes and floods can contaminate water supplies and damage wastewater facilities. Any of these can spread contaminated materials into the environment.

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China was among the hardest-hit, with three stretches of severe rainfall killing more than 225 people and causing economic losses in excess of USD1.0 billion.

Monsoon rains prompted renewed flooding and landslides in northern India, killing at least 174 people in the state of Uttar Pradesh.

Elsewhere in Asia, excessive rainfall resulted in dozens of casualties and severe damage across Indonesia, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, Japan, and North Korea.

A magnitude-5.9 earthquake occurred in China's Gansu Province, killing at least 95 people, injuring 2,840 others, and causing total economic losses at CNY20 billion (USD3.25 billion) according to the Ministry of Civil Affairs (MCA), with an estimated 80,000 homes damaged or destroyed.

Also in Asia, a magnitude-6.1 earthquake impacted Indonesia's Aceh Province, killing at least 39 people and injuring more than 2,362 others. The heaviest damage was recorded in the districts of Bener Meriah and Central Aceh, where a combined 16,019 homes and 626 public facilities were damaged or destroyed.

In New Zealand, a magnitude-6.5 earthquake occurred in the Cook Strait causing minor damage across the North and South islands. Four people were injured and the New Zealand Earthquake Commission (EQC) reported that at least 3,128 insurance claims had been filed, resulting in an estimated insured loss of NZD50 million (USD40 million).

Three tropical cyclones affected Asia during July, the costliest being Super Typhoon Soulik, which caused USD460 million in economic damages after making landfall in Taiwan and China. Meanwhile, Typhoon Rumbia caused economic losses of USD177 million in China after affecting the provincial regions of Guangdong, Guangxi and Yunnan; and Tropical Storm Cimaron made landfall in China's Fujian Province, causing an estimated USD253 million in economic damages.

Hurricane Erick skirted the western Mexico coastline, killing two people; while Tropical Storm Chantal degenerated while crossing the Caribbean Sea

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Disaster Planning - Business Continuity Tutorial

Writing and testing a disaster recovery plan is one of the key elements of business continuity management. Traditionally business continuity and disaster recovery (DR) planning have always been separated between the business and the information technology department. It has long been recognised that this ‘divide’ creates more problems than it solves, after all most businesses could not continue to operate successfully if their IT services were unavailable for a period of time, depending on the nature of your business this may well range from a few hours to several days. The recent launch of BS25999 has established a business continuity management (BCM) standard which intrinsically links BCM, incident management, and IT DR. Essentially the key message is to have true business continuity you must also have strong IT DR capability.


A disaster recovery plan should interface with the overall business continuity management plan, be clear and concise, focus on the key activities required to recover the critical IT services, be tested reviewed and updated on a regular basis, have an owner, and enable the recovery objectives to be met.

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