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CISSP For Dummies, 4th Edition by Peter Gregory, Lawrence Miller

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Developing a Disaster Recovery Plan

Although the BCP folks develop a plan to keep business operations rolling, the DRP people develop a plan to restore the damaged facility (or facilities) so that the critical business functions can operate in their original location(s).

Preparing for emergency response

Emergency response teams must be prepared for every possible scenario. Members of these teams need a variety of specialized training to deal with such things as water and smoke damage, structural damage, flooding, and hazardous materials.

You must document all the types of responses so that the response teams know what to do. The emergency response documentation consists of two major parts: how to respond to each type of incident, and the most up-to-date facts about the facilities and equipment that the organization uses.

In other words, you want your teams to know how to deal with water damage, smoke damage, structural damage, hazardous materials, and many other things. Your teams also need to know everything about every company facility: Where to find utility entrances, electrical equipment, HVAC equipment, fire control, elevators, communications, data closets, and so on; which vendors maintain and service them; and so on. And you need experts who know about the materials and construction of the buildings themselves. Those experts might be your own employees, outside consultants, or a little of both.

It is the DRP team’s responsibility to identify the experts needed for all phases ...

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