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Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Planning for IT Professionals

Book Description

Powerful Earthquake Triggers Tsunami in Pacific. Hurricane Katrina Makes Landfall in the Gulf Coast. Avalanche Buries Highway in Denver. Tornado Touches Down in Georgia. These headlines not only have caught the attention of people around the world, they have had a significant effect on IT professionals as well.

As technology continues to become more integral to corporate operations at every level of the organization, the job of IT has expanded to become almost all-encompassing. These days, it’s difficult to find corners of a company that technology does not touch. As a result, the need to plan for potential disruptions to technology services has increased exponentially.

That is what Business Continuity Planning (BCP) is: a methodology used to create a plan for how an organization will recover after a disaster of various types. It takes into account both security and corporate risk management tatics.

There is a lot of movement around this initiative in the industry: the British Standards Institute is releasing a new standard for BCP this year. Trade shows are popping up covering the topic.

* Complete coverage of the 3 categories of disaster: natural hazards, human-caused hazards, and accidental and technical hazards.
* Only published source of information on the new BCI standards and government requirements.
* Up dated information on recovery from cyber attacks, rioting, protests, product tampering, bombs, explosions, and terrorism.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright
  4. Acknowledgments
  5. About the Author
  6. Table of Contents
  7. Introduction
  8. Chapter 1: Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Overview
    1. Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Defined
    2. Components of Business
    3. The Cost of Planning versus the Cost of Failure
    4. Types of Disasters to Consider
    5. Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Planning Basics
  9. Chapter 2: Project Initiation
    1. Elements of Project Success
    2. Project Plan Components
    3. Key Contributors and Responsibilities
    4. Project Definition
  10. Chapter 3: Risk Assessment
    1. Risk Management Basics
    2. Risk Assessment Components
    3. Threat Assessment Methodology
    4. Vulnerability Assessment
  11. Chapter 4: Business Impact Analysis
    1. Business Impact Analysis Overview
    2. Understanding Impact Criticality
    3. Identifying Business Functions and Processes
    4. Gathering Data for the Business Impact Analysis
    5. Determining the Impact
    6. Business Impact Analysis Data Points
    7. Preparing the Business Impact Analysis Report
  12. Chapter 5: Mitigation Strategy Development
    1. Types of Risk Mitigation Strategies
    2. Risk Mitigation Process
    3. IT Risk Mitigation
    4. Backup and Recovery Considerations
  13. Chapter 6: Business Continuity/Disaster Recovery Plan Development
    1. Phases of Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery
    2. Defining BC/DR Teams and Key Personnel
    3. Defining Tasks, Assigning Resources
    4. Communications Plans
    5. Event Logs, Change Control, and Appendices
  14. Chapter 7: Emergency Response and Recovery
    1. Emergency Management Overview
    2. Emergency Response Plans
    3. Crisis Management
    4. Disaster Recovery
    5. IT Recovery
    6. Business Continuity
  15. Chapter 8: Training, Testing, and Auditing
    1. Training for Emergency Response, Disaster Recovery, and Business Continuity
    2. Testing Your Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Plan
    3. Performing IT System Audits
  16. Chapter 9: BC/DR Plan Maintenance
    1. BC/DR Change Management
    2. Strategies for Managing Change
    3. BC/DR Plan Audit
    4. Plan Maintenance Activities
    5. Project Close Out
  17. Appendix A: Risk Management Checklist
  18. Appendix B: Crisis Communications Checklist
  19. Appendix C: Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Response Checklist
  20. Appendix D: Emergency and Recovery Response Checklist
  21. Appendix E: Business Continuity Checklist
  22. Appendix F: IT Recovery Checklists
  23. Appendix G: Training, Testing, and Auditing Checklists
  24. Appendix H: BC/DR Plan Maintenance Checklist
  25. Index
  26. Instructions for online access