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The Business Continuity Planning & Disaster Recovery Planning Directory

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It is now generally recognized that Business continuity planning and disaster recovery planning are vital activities. However, the creation of (and maintenance of) a sound business continuity and disaster recovery plan, is a complex undertaking, involving a series of steps.

Prior to creation of the plan itself, it is essential to consider the potential impacts of disaster and to understand the underlying risks: these are the foundations upon which a sound business continuity plan or disaster recovery plan should be built. Following these activities the plan itself must be constructed - no small task. This itself must then be maintained, tested and audited to ensure that it remains appropriate to the needs of the organization. And what about the support infrastructure and services?

Business Continuity Planning & Disaster Recovery World is designed to consider all these issues and to catalog some of the most highly acclaimed products and services. Here you will find software to assist with BIA and risk analysis, as well as links to tools/services to help you create, maintain and audit the plan itself. Whether you are entirely new to business continuity and disaster recovery planning, or whether you already have a proven and established plan, the directory should hopefully prove to be of real value.

BUSINESS IMPACT AND RISK ANALYSIS

 

CREATING A DISASTER RECOVERY PLAN


The first step in a sensible business continuity process is to consider the potential impacts of each type of disaster or event. This is critical - how can you properly plan for a disaster if you have little idea of the likely impacts on your business/organization of the different scenarios?

Having determined the impacts, it is now equally important to consider the magnitude of the risks which could result in these impacts. Again, this is a critical activity - it will determine which scenarios are most likely to occur and which should attract most attention during the planning process.

BIA and Risk analysis are disciplines in their own right. However, a method has emerged to simplify these tasks. The COBRA methodology and tool are now used across the world, by all types of organization. You can learn more about this approach on our BIA and risk pages or by visiting the following site:

An Introduction to Business Impact Analysis & Risk Analysis

PREPARATION
In addition to having a firm understanding of the risks, creation of the plan (see next section) is eased if you have all the basic requisite information to hand. Our list of basics may help.

 


A sound disaster recovery / business continuity plan is essential to protect the well being of an organization. This cannot really be over emphasized... yet many enterprises still side step the issue or hold plans which are clearly out of date or inadequate.

Part of the reason for this is the complexity of the task. This is not helped by some vendors selling planning products which are themselves extremely difficult to master.

There is now, however, a growing trend to address this head on: to use a quality disaster recovery template with forms and guide to create the plan directly. Minimum fuss, minumum complexity, maximum productivity... and a top quality plan at the end.

The Business Continuity Plan (BCP) Generator is an outstanding example. It is extremely comprehensive, and comes equipped with a guidebook (MS-Word) which explains each section of the plan... and even interactively jumps to that section when required by clever use of Word Macros.

Full details of the BCP Generator can be obtained from the following site:

Business Continuity: Planning Made Easy
             The disaster recovery plan template and guide.


DISASTER RECOVERY TRAINING

 

SERVICE LEVEL AGREEMENTS


Appropriate knowledge and training underpins the whole of the disaster recovery management initiative. Our disaster recovery training page describes an online course which may assist.

DISASTER RECOVERY POLICIES
Policies underpin an organizations whole approach to contingency and disaster recovery. They determine the fundamental practices and culture throughout the enterprise. They are usually linked closely with security policies, both addressing the basic defence requirements to ensure the stability and continuity of the organization. It is essential therefore that they exist, are up to date and are comprehensive.

Fortunately, some excellent pre-written policy sets can now be obtained online. The following sites offer policies which embrace all aspects of information security, INCLUDING disaster recovery and business continuity:

Computer Security Policies - including online delivery
Security Policies - major portal
Network Security Policies - network focused

 


Service level agreements (SLAs) are fundamental to business continuity. The bottom line is that they define your minimum levels of availability from key suppliers, and often determine what actions will be taken in the event of serious disruption.

Consequently, they require full consideration and attention and must be constructed extremely carefully. Further information on service level agreements can be found on our SLA Page


ISO 27001
ISO 27001 requires appropriate business continuity management and planning.... and compliance with this internationally recognized standard is growing in importance. But how do you achieve this? How do you manage the compliance process? How do you know where you stand in relation to the demands of the standard?

The ISO 27001 Resource Directory is designed to answer many of these questions and is a source of the standard itself.

CONTINGENCY AUDIT & PLAN ASSURANCE

 

DR SERVICES AND RESOURCES


Having created the recovery/continuity plan, it is important to ensure that it remains up to date and workable. Equally, it is essential to monitor contingency practices on the ground to ensure that they are appropriate.

The Disaster Recovery Toolkit is an audit and contingency checking product, specifically designed to assist with this. Information can be found on the following site:

Disaster Recovery Toolkit

The Disaster Recovery Toolkit is a unique tool for auditing plans and asssessing contengency arrangements

The Disaster Recovery Toolkit can also be obtained online from the Disaster Recovery Plan Template Shop

 


Coming soon: The Disaster Recovery Directory. This will be a comprehensive directory of service and solution providers for business continuity.... a major supplier reference source. At this time vendors are invited to complete the free entry form in advance of formal launch (see URL above).

In the meantime, if you are seeking consultancy services BCRM are highly regarded in this arena. Or for other DR resources try the Business Continuity portal.


SAMPLES & RESOURCES
We are currently expanding our library of samples and resources, as contributed by our community, and will shortly include a discrete section containing white papers. If you have an article/paper or an advert/link which you would like to appear on this site, please contact us.


** New: Our online bookstore details various books and materials for disaster recovery plans & business continuity **


We hope that this directory has been of substantial use. If not present within the site itself, the links provided should direct you to a suitable source. If, however, you need any further assistance, or have any comments on this portal, please contact us



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