Before any significant amount of work can be done developing a Disaster Recovery Plan (DRP), it is essential to know exactly what the scope of the plan will be and who will be involved its development. To assist IT departments with DR planning, this research note covers the following topics:
- Identifying and building a Disaster Recovery Planning team.
- Defining affected areas.
- Establishing a preliminary timeline.
- Creating a preliminary report.
- Using the Excel-based “Small Enterprise Disaster Recovery Planning Workbook.”
IT departments hope they never need to test their work beyond scheduled scenario tests of the plan. As such, every DRP must be based upon a solid planning of the enterprise's staff and a realistic assessment of priorities.