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Develop and Document a Disaster Recovery Plan for the Small Enterprise

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  • The business continues to believe in myths that impede the creation of an adequate disaster recovery plan (DRP).
  • It is difficult to determine the required recovery time and points for each critical application.
  • Recovery processes are not well documented, resulting in an ad hoc approach to disaster recovery.

Our Advice

Critical Insight

  • Small enterprises need to have a clear understanding of what is needed from their DRP. For some organizations, reaching an adequate level of DR maturity is all that is needed.
  • For small enterprises, recovery times are becoming increasingly easier to meet with the popularization of virtualization. Recovery points are more difficult to meet as it is difficult to pinpoint the exact amount of back-ups that need to be made, resulting in overspending for backups.
  • Document is not a one-and-done deal. Constantly update your DRP documentation to track both small and large changes that may affect your ability to recover services.

Impact and Result

  • Complete a business impact analysis that contains the organization’s critical applications and dependencies, recovery time and points (desired and achievable), and a vulnerability assessment.
  • This blueprint’s guidance will help increase an organization’s overall resiliency and ability to salvage operations after an incident has occurred.

Research & Tools

Start here – read the Executive Brief

Use Info-Tech’s approach to develop a DRP that helps critical applications recover and increases the organization’s overall resiliency.

1. Define parameters for the DRP

Identify the scope of the DRP to help focus resources and create a more specialized result.

2. Determine impact of downtime

Perform a business impact analysis to establish the cost of downtime and desired and achievable recovery time and points.

3. Determine recovery workflow and gaps

Create and improve your response plans to effectively deal with unforeseen interruptions.

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Experience

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Westoba Credit Union Limited

Guided Implementation

9/10

N/A

N/A

Peterson American Corporation

Guided Implementation

3/10

N/A

N/A

Public Utility Commission State Of Oregon

Guided Implementation

10/10

N/A

2

Associated General Contractors of America

Guided Implementation

10/10

$31,833

5

Addictions Foundation of Manitoba (AFM)

Guided Implementation

10/10

$10,000

120

AgeTech

Guided Implementation

8/10

N/A

10

County Of Grey

Guided Implementation

8/10

N/A

10

Clearwater County Alberta

Guided Implementation

10/10

N/A

N/A

Apega

Guided Implementation

8/10

$5,000

N/A

City Of St Catharines

Guided Implementation

6/10

$15,000

5

KTM North America

Guided Implementation

6/10

N/A

N/A

Search Code: 82093
Published: November 2, 2016
Last Revised: January 23, 2017

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