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The CISA® Prep Guide: Mastering the Certified Information Systems Auditor Exam by John Kramer

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5.2. The Process of Planning for Adequate Recovery and Continuity

The planning for recovery and continuity is very important and a time consuming step of the process. Just as you cannot control what you cannot measure, you cannot recover what you have not planned for. Several commercial packages are available in the marketplace that provide a plan development methodology and even templates to use in building the required risk analysis and inventory tables you will need to adequately plan for recovery of IS business processes. In addition, many consultants also are available to assist an organization in the preparation of disaster recovery planning and associated documentation. Most of their help is provided through the facilitation of meetings and guiding the various business and systems managers through the process, asking the right questions, and challenging assumptions to ensure that the identified needs will accurately reflect what ends up being a blueprint to recover against.

An eight-step process is suggested for the recovery plan preparation process that moves from the strategic direction to the tactical follow through of the detailed plan testing and training. The concept that makes this process most successful is to have the plan built with the end user's perspective in mind. Regardless of what is going on with "the man behind the curtain," if the end user or customers see the process as equivalent to their expectations, then the recovery process has been successful and ...

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