Planning your disaster recovery strategy
Planning your disaster recovery strategy begins by answering essential questions. A DRP is a living document and answers to questions should be reviewed and adjusted for circumstances periodically. The following steps broadly outline the main points to consider.
Step 1. Major goals: Outline major goals of DRP.
Step 2. Personnel: Include a record copy of your data processing personnel.
Step 3. Application profile: List applications by criticality.
Step 4. Inventory profile: Create an inventory, including information on manufacturer, model, serial number, cost and ownership.
Step 5. Information services backup procedures: Explicit procedures on creating, managing, and maintaining backups.
Step 6. Disaster recovery procedures: DRPs must include explicit procedures for:
- Step a. Emergency responses: appropriate emergency response to a fire, natural disaster, or any other activities in order to protect lives and limit damages.
- Step b. Backup operations: essential data processing operational tasks to be conducted after disruption.
- Step c. Recovery actions: rapid restoration of data processing systems after disaster.
Step 7. DRP for mobile site: Explicit procedures addressing recovery of mobile sites.
Step 8. DRP for hot site: Explicit procedures for shift over to an alternative hot site.
Step 9. Restoring the entire system: Backup and recovery procedures.
Step 10. Rebuilding process: Damage assessment and beginning of reconstruction of new data center.
Step 11. Testing the disaster recovery and cyber recovery plan: Plans must be tested periodically.
Step 12. Disaster site rebuilding: Full specifications of site rebuild.
Step 13. Record of plan changes: Keep your DRP current.