Published on March 1, 2014
Disaster Recovery Plan DRP Presenter: Mohammad Paknejad Teacher: Dr. Oskouei
Introduction • Two and two do make four. Nature doesn’t ask your advice. She isn’t interested in your preferences or whether or not you approve of her laws. You must accept nature as she is with all the consequences that that implies. “Fyodor Dostoyevsky” • Disasters happen; whether you like it or not. • For firms, the effects of a disaster can be vital and important.
Introduction • Firms’ Approach toward Disasters: Suppressive approach: They don’t bother themselves by thinking about such things. Narcissistic approach: Disasters happen but not toward themselves because they are very special and they are protected against such phenomenon. Passive approach: The results and costs of disasters are out of their control. Grandiose approach: They think that they are strong enough to cope with it at occurrence time. Realistic approach: Disasters happen and they can reduce its occurrence probability and its costs.
Introduction • Only the last group invest their money, energy and time toward lowering the probability of occurring disasters and lowering its costs. In other words, they invest on DRP.
What is DRP? • A documented process or set of procedures to recover and protect a business IT infrastructure in the event of a disaster • Ordinarily documented in written form • Recovery of technology data, assets, and facilities • Objective: Minimize downtime and data loss • The Disaster Recovery Institute International states that disaster recovery is the area of business continuity that deals with technology recovery as opposed to the recovery of business operations.
Benefits • Minimizing decision-making during a disaster • Providing a sense of security • Minimizing risk of delays • Guaranteeing the reliability of standby systems • Lowering unnecessarily stressful work environment
Three Basic Questions 1. What is its objective and purpose? 2. Who will be the people or teams who will be responsible in case any disruptions happen? 3. What will these people do when the disaster strikes?
What Kind of Disasters? • events that are most likely to interfere with the company's operations. • Examples: All businesses that depend on access to data and information technology need to prepare the event of a server failure. Firms located in Tehran, should consider earthquakes for their DRP.
Some Tips About DRP • An effective recovery plan will list each possible type of problem and specify the steps that should be taken in the event that disaster strikes. • Communicating the DRP to everyone involved is very important.
Three Basic Strategies in DRP • Preventive measures: will try to prevent a disaster from occurring. • Detective measures: are taken to discover the presence of any unwanted events within the IT infrastructure. • Corrective measures: are aimed to restore a system after an unwanted event takes place.
Conclusion • If you want to start your own firm, it seems that it’s worth investing on DRP.
Resources • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disaster_recovery_plan • http://apps.americanbar.org/abastore/books/inside_practice/200 7/nov-dec/disaster.html • An overview of the Disaster Recovery Planning Process – From Start to Finish, Chip Nickolett
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