Synopses & Reviews
If you have a business or a nonprofit organization, or if you’re the one responsible for information systems at such an operation, you know that disaster recovery planning is pretty vital. But it’s easy to put it off. After all, where do you start?
IT Disaster Recovery Planning For Dummiesshows you how to get started by creating a safety net while you work out the details of your major plan. The right plan will get your business back on track quickly, whether you're hit by a tornado or a disgruntled employee with super hacking powers. Here's how to assess the situation, develop both short-term and long-term plans, and keep your plans updated.
This easy-to-understand guide will help you
- Prepare your systems, processes, and people for an organized response to disaster when it strikes
- Identify critical IT systems and develop a long-range strategy
- Select and train your disaster recovery team
- Conduct a Business Impact Analysis
- Determine risks to your business from natural or human-made causes
- Get management support
- Create appropriate plan documents
- Test your plan
Some disasters get coverage on CNN, and some just create headaches for the affected organization. With IT Disaster Recovery Planning For Dummies,you’ll be prepared for anything from hackers to hurricanes!
The vision for this book is to provide an easy-to-use and thorough reference that approaches the topic of business continuity and its cousins from a realistic point of view. Most people give little thought to things like business continuity, business recovery, disaster management, emergency preparedness, or disaster recovery. The business of hot sites, cold sites, offsite storage, and backup copies can make us a little bit crazy when we try to blend the real need situations with best practices after a client server crashes in the middle of the night on a holiday weekend. The book provides information that can move us to a state of preparedness where we can have plans and resources in place so that if and when we suffer the event, it is nothing more than a routine problem to be solved. We need to be able to do the planning so that the disaster does not even cause a disaster when it happens. It's just another little bump in the road handled in stride by good procedures, good people, and good people following those good procedures.
* Shows how to set up plans, procedures, and resources that will minimize disruption and ensure continuity if disaster strikes, covering topics such as hot sites, cold sites, offsite storage, and backup copies
Create a safety net while you work out your major plan
Identify critical IT systems, develop a long-range strategy, and train your people
Some disasters get coverage on CNN — some just create headaches for the affected organization. The right plan will get your business back on track quickly, whether you're hit by a tornado or a disgruntled employee with super hacking powers. Here's how to assess the situation, develop both short-term and long-term plans, and keep them updated.
Discover how to:
Select your disaster recovery team
Conduct a Business Impact Analysis
Get management support
Create appropriate plan documents
Test your plan
About the Author
Peter H. Gregory, CISA, CISSP,
is the author of fifteen books on security and technology, including Solaris Security
(Prentice Hall), Computer Viruses For Dummies
(Wiley), Blocking Spam and Spyware For Dummies
(Wiley), and Securing the Vista Environment
Peter is a security strategist at a publicly-traded financial management software company located in Redmond, Washington. Prior to taking this position, he held tactical and strategic security positions in large wireless telecommunications organizations. He has also held development and operations positions in casino management systems, banking, government, non-profit organizations, and academia since the late 1970s.
He’s on the board of advisors for the NSA-certified Certificate program in Information Assurance & Cybersecurity at the University of Washington, and he’s a member of the board of directors of the Evergreen State Chapter of InfraGard.
Table of Contents
Part I: Getting Started with Disaster Recovery 7
Chapter 1: Understanding Disaster Recovery 9
Chapter 2: Bootstrapping the DR Plan Effort 29
Chapter 3: Developing and Using a Business Impact Analysis 51Part II: Building Technology Recovery Plans 75
Chapter 4: Mapping Business Functions to Infrastructure 77
Chapter 5: Planning User Recovery 97
Chapter 6: Planning Facilities Protection and Recovery129
Chapter 7: Planning System and Network Recovery 153
Chapter 8: Planning Data Recovery 173
Chapter 9: Writing the Disaster Recovery Plan 197Part III: Managing Recovery Plans 215
Chapter 10: Testing the Recovery Plan 217
Chapter 11: Keeping DR Plans and Staff Current241
Chapter 12: Understanding the Role of Prevention 263
Chapter 13: Planning for Various Disaster Scenarios 285Part IV: The Part of Tens 305
Chapter 14: Ten Disaster Recovery Planning Tools307
Chapter 15: Eleven Disaster Recovery Planning Web Sites 315
Chapter 16: Ten Essentials for Disaster Planning Success323
Chapter 17: Ten Benefits of DR Planning331Index 33