Disaster Recovery, Crisis Response, and Business Continuity

A Management Desk Reference

By Jamie Watters

Written by an experienced consultant with 25 years of industry experience, Disaster Recovery, Crisis Response, and Business Continuity: A Management Desk Reference is a practical how-to guide that explains how to thrive in the face of natural disasters, man-made events, power outages, hackers, and anything else that might interrupt business operations.

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  • ISBN13: 978-1-4302-6406-4
  • 316 Pages
  • User Level: Beginner to Advanced
  • Publication Date: December 26, 2013
  • Available eBook Formats: EPUB, MOBI, PDF
  • Print Book Price: $44.99
  • eBook Price: $31.99
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You're in charge of IT, facilities, or core operations for your organization when a hurricane or a fast-moving wildfire hits. What do you do?

Simple. You follow your business continuity/disaster recovery plan. If you've prepared in advance, your operation or your company can continue to conduct business while competitors stumble and fall. Even if your building goes up in smoke, or the power is out for ten days, or cyber warriors cripple your IT systems, you know you will survive.

But only if you have a plan. You don't have one? Then Disaster Recovery, Crisis Response, and Business Continuity: A Management Desk Reference, which explains the principles of business continuity and disaster recovery in plain English, might be the most important book you'll read in years.

Business continuity is a necessity for all businesses as emerging regulations, best practices, and customer expectations force organizations to develop and put into place business continuity plans, resilience features, incident-management processes, and recovery strategies. In larger organizations, responsibility for business continuity falls to specialist practitioners dedicated to continuity and the related disciplines of crisis management and IT service continuity. In smaller or less mature organizations, it can fall to almost anyone to prepare contingency plans, ensure that the critical infrastructure and systems are protected, and give the organization the greatest chance to survive events that can--and do--bankrupt businesses.

A practical how-to guide, this book explains exactly what you need to do to set up and run a successful business continuity program. Written by an experienced consultant with 25 years industry experience in disaster recovery and business continuity, it contains tools and techniques to make business continuity, crisis management, and IT service continuity much easier. If you need to prepare plans and test and maintain them, then this book is written for you. You will learn:

  • How to complete a business impact assessment.
  • How to write plans that are easy to implement in a disaster.
  • How to test so that you know your plans will work.
  • How to make sure that your suppliers won't fail you in a disaster.
  • How to meet customer, audit, and regulatory expectations.
Disaster Recovery, Crisis Response, and Business Continuity: A Management Desk Reference will provide the tools, techniques, and templates that will make your life easier, give you peace of mind, and turn you into a local hero when disaster strikes.

What you’ll learn

  • All the concepts comprising business continuity, IT service continuity, data recovery, and crisis management
  • How to set up and run an end-to-end business continuity program for your organization
  • How to write business continuity policies and governance documents
  • How to test your business continuity plans, system DR, data center DR, and crisis management processes
  • How to avoid almost all the common traps that both beginners and experienced practitioners fall into
  • How to keep your IT system up and running in the face of disaster

Who this book is for

Business continuity managers and analysts, emergency planners, disaster recovery managers, service continuity managers and analysts, IT project and operations managers, IT availability managers, auditors, facilities managers, heads of IT, risk analysts and managers, site managers, office managers, governance professionals, and C-level managers.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Introduction

Part One: Introduction to Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery

1. An Overview of Business Continuity Management (BCM)

2. Essentials of BCM

Part Two: Plan for Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery

3. Get Started on Your Plan: First Things First

4. Prepare the Plan

5. Write a IT Disaster Recovery Plan

6. Write a Business Process Recovery Plan

7. Manage Supply Chain Continuity

8. Select and Manage Continuity Suppliers

9. Educate the Workforce

10. Provide Governance and Reporting

Part Three: Test and Maintain Your Continuity and Recovery Plans

11. Testing Principles

12. IT Testing

13. Business Testing

14. Crisis Exercises

15. Maintain Your Plans, Solutions, and Skills

Part Four: Execute the Plan

16. Manage a Disaster

17. Return to Normal Operations

Part Five: Appendices

Appendix A – Criticality Levels

Appendix B – Roles and Responsibility Matrix (RACI)

Appendix C – Suggested BCM Timetable

Appendix D – Useful Resources and Contacts

Appendix E – Continuity Assessment Questionnaire

Appendix F – Crisis Management Team Roles and Responsibilities

Appendix G - Call Cascade

Appendix H – Basic BCP Template

Appendix I – Business Impact Analysis Questionnaire

Appendix J – Business Continuity Management Standards

Appendix K – Severity Levels

Appendix L – Mapping Severity Levels to Criticalities

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