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Disaster Recovery Plan - Business Continuity Plan Template

ISO 27000 ( formerly ISO 17799 ) - Sarbanes-Oxley - HIPAA - PCI-DSS Compliant

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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:

  • Disaster Recovery Plan and Business Continuity Template
  • Business and IT Impact Analysis Questionnaire
  • Work Plan
  • Disaster Planning Audit Program
  • Incident (Media) Communication Plan/Policy

Features include:

  • Disaster Recovery PlanningCompliance with ISO 27000 ( ISO 27001, ISO 27002, and ISO 27031), Sarbanes-Oxley and HIPAA standards
  • Web Site Disaster Recovery Planning Form
  • Department Disaster Recovery Activation Workbook
    • Quick Reference Guide
    • Team Alert List (Form)
    • DRP Team Responsibilities
    • DRP Team Checklist
    • Critical Function(s) Definition
    • Normal Business Hour Response Procedures
    • After Hours Response Procedures
    • DRP Location(s) Definition
    • DRP 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
The premium edition contains full multi-page job descriptions for:
  • 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 ContinuityDisaster Recovery Coordinator
  • Disaster Recovery - Special Projects Supervisor
  • Manager Database
  • Capacity Planning Supervisor
  • Manager Media Library Support
  • Manager Site Management; and
  • Pandemic Coordinator

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 Description for Disaster Recovery Manager (3 pages long) - entire disaster recovery team job descriptions are available.
  • 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 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.

* Update service is for 12 months unless it is purchased within 30 days of the purchase of the Template.  Janco reserves the right to validate purchase of the customer was made for the template.


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Disaster Recovery Business Continuity News

DRP versus BCP

Disaster recovery planning is one of the most important jobs of the IT professional. It includes working with upper management and winning the cooperation of all departments to make a working recovery plan. The two main parts are the Business Continuity Plan (BCP) and the Disaster Recovery Plan (DRP). These have to go hand-in-hand procedurally. The BCP focuses more on the schedule and timing of the DRP, so that in the event of a disaster the business can function normally. The three stages of a DRP are Prevent, Detect and Correct.

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A disaster recovery is a response to a declared disaster or a regional disaster. It is the restoration or recovery of an entire agent computer. A disaster recovery plan describes how an organization is to deal with potential disasters.  

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Disaster Recovery budgets remain stable

A report into business continuity and disaster recovery budgets finds:

  • According to a IT Business Continuity Templatebudget survey, 32 percent of enterprises had planned to increase spending on business continuity and disaster recovery by at least 5 percent in 2011. The reality is that budgets have stayed constant rather than increased as anticipated.
  • Business continuity and disaster recovery budgets in 2011 have been an average of six percent of IT operating and capital budgets.
  • The likely culprit in stalled business continuity and disaster recovery spending is the continuing economic uncertainty. Even in the best of economic times, it's difficult to build the business case for an initiative such as business continuity that's primarily about cost avoidance rather than return on investment. In tough economic times, it's almost impossible.

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Business Continuity Planning

Horizon scanning is essential to avoid surprises in business continuity planning, but identifying the most likely thing to bite you next is tricky.

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Looking beyond the imminent plannin risks contained in in every day events the top 3 worries are:

  • Supply Chain - Will an economic or political crisis mean disruption to this as a result of protest and civil unrest or even secession from monetary union?
  • Severe weather - Most enterprises are geared up for "average" weather. As we see extremes of drought, cold and storm will the strain on the infrastructure become a major cause of business interruptions?
  • Social Media - Increasingly organizations believe that these are essential to their businesses, yet they are provided externally, funded through advertising and beyond the control of the organization. How can we provide resilience/continuity for these? Should we?
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Social media a disaster planning tools

Government agencies are turning to social media technology to manage disasters and improve public safety.

CIO policy bundleA growing number of agencies are tapping into Facebook and Twitter to monitor events and provide near real-time notifications. And some are now taking social media a step further by communicating internally or sharing information and comments across offices or agencies.

A September Congressional Research Service report, Social Media and Disasters: Current Uses, Future Options, and Policy Considerations, noted that social media already plays an important role in disasters, but the use of the technology for emergency management is growing.

In Fort Worth and Tarrant County in Texas, for instance, a joint emergency operations center has switched on social media tools that improve communication across dozens of agencies and departments throughout the state. Police, firefighters, healthcare providers and others use push-to-talk radio, cellular telephony, and text messaging (including text documents and file sharing) to interact with an IP telephony infrastructure located in a response center. This allows teams to coordinate immediate responses, regardless of the underlying communications technology.


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Disaster Recovery Business Continuity Basics

The basics of a Disaster Recovery Business Continuity Plan are defined in the Janco Disaster Recovery Business Continuity Template. They are:

  • Develop the contingency planning policy statement. A formal department or agency policy provides the authority and guidance necessary to develop an effective contingency plan.
  • Conduct the business impact analysis (BIA). The BIA helps to identify and prioritize critical IT systems and components.
  • Identify preventive controls. Measures taken to reduce the effects of system disruptions can increase system availability and reduce contingency life cycle costs.
  • Develop recovery strategies. Thorough recovery strategies ensure that the system may be recovered quickly and effectively following a disruption.
  • Develop an IT contingency plan. The contingency plan should contain detailed guidance and procedures for restoring a damaged system.
  • Plan testing and training exercises. Testing the plan identifies planning gaps, whereas training prepares recovery personnel for plan activation; both activities improve plan effectiveness and overall agency preparedness.
  • Plan maintenance. The plan should be a living document that is updated regularly to remain current with system enhancements.
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Disaster Planning is Required for Virtual Applications

Disaster planning for Virtual Applications

A number of customers using the Microsoft-hosted Dynamics CRM Online and its Office 365 cloud service were reporting performance problems.
One CRM Online customer said problems began in the morning. The @MSCloudUS twitter account acknowledged the Office 365 problems, starting in the afternoon (EST).

The Disaster Planning Template addresses these issues. On the CRM Online front, "performance is slow for most users, to the point that some can’t use CRM at all," one Microsoft CRM user said. His company is based in the U.S., he said, but international users of the system were affected, as well.

A Microsoft spokesperson said, "We were made aware of a few customers experiencing difficulty using their Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online service this morning.  The customer impact was limited to some organizations in North America and has been resolved.  Microsoft takes any downtime seriously, and customers will be reimbursed service charges per the terms of our SLA which guarantees  99.9% uptime."

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