Setting IT disaster recovery policy and developing plans

The sharp end of the disaster recovery planning process is the development of concrete strategies and plans to recover IT hardware in case of disaster. But such plans cannot be formulated without risk and business impact assessments of your organisation that tell you exactly what is in jeopardy in case of unforeseen events. Likewise, a detailed disaster recovery plan is devalued or potentially made worthless without testing, training and staff awareness. Finally, those plans need to change over time as your organisation changes.

In this SearchStorage.co.UK series of articles on IT disaster recovery policy, we’ll walk you through the process of developing disaster recovery provision, from initial risk assessment through development of concrete plans for recovery and on to maintenance and continuous improvement of your plans.

Table of contents:

Fundamentals in IT disaster recovery planning

Risk assessment and business impact analysis are vital to developing IT disaster recovery policies, but where do they fit into the DR planning process? Development of these key aspects in the disaster recovery planning project allow you to move on to generate disaster recovery strategies and detailed recovery plans. Find out how to go about assessing risk and performing a business impact analysis.

Crafting a detailed disaster recovery plan

In IT disaster recovery planning, the detailed recovery plan codifies the actions necessary to get you up and running following an unplanned outage. That detailed plan is predicated on a disaster recovery strategy for your organisation. Learn about the process of developing a disaster recovery strategy and detailed recovery plan.

Testing, training and awareness are key aspects of DR protection

Once you have drawn up a detailed disaster recovery plan, the next steps are to carry out testing to ensure the plan works properly and that your DR team knows their roles and to prepare and deliver awareness and disaster recovery training programmes so all employees are prepared to respond as required by the plan. Get details on the key stages in developing such strategies and concrete action plans.

Setting up a disaster recovery audit program

Drawing up strategies for disaster recovery audit, maintenance and continuous improvement are the key final stages in the development of a disaster recovery programme. Learn about the essential elements that can make your disaster recovery provision flex with the changes in your organisation. And, find out how to avoid the key pitfalls in the development of disaster recovery procedures for auditing, maintenance and continuous improvement of DR plans.