Disaster Recovery (DR)
An incident that puts an organization on back foot and generates a risk of failure or breakage in continuation of its core services is called "Disaster". The disaster can either be a cyber attack, a terrorist attack, equipment failure, employees strike or natural event. Objective of "Disaster Recovery" is to keep organization on track and continue its operations. This includes planning, testing, inspection and sometimes physical restoration of equipment or site of operations.
Information Technology Disaster Recovery Plan (IT DRP)
Now a days every business uses information technology to continue their workflow. For example employees communicate via email and modern apps like WhatsApp, Skype etc. Data is submitted electronically form one office or company to other one. Cloud storage is becoming more popular these days and web servers process and store large amount of information. For office work desktops and laptops usage is so common. So if information technology stops working due to any disastrous event, what will happen?
Therefore, there is always a need for Information Technology Disaster Recovery Plan which works better with business continuity plans. Information Technology recovery plans include analyzing the incident, restoration of hardware in case of equipment failure, restoration of application or data in case of cyber attack and restoration of operation site in case of terrorist attack or some natural event.
Every business have to store and manages important data. Within this important data, there is always a special data which is key part of the business and required for successful business run. This crucial data needs proper attention and must be kept safe separately. If important data is lost or corrupted than the data in safe storage comes handy and becomes more vital to restore the operational processes.
Types of Information Technology Disaster Recovery Plan (IT DRP)
1. RPO: Recovery Point Objective
2. RTO: Recovery Time Objective
Key Components of Disaster Recovery (DR)
- Planning policy, planning overview and goals
- To be in touch with Disaster Recovery Professionals
- Writing down the details of disastrous event.
- Explaining the initial steps taken after the incident
- A detailed map of recovery site area or detailed overview of network.
- Guide to reach the recovery site or access the network
- Short list the tools used in recovery process
- In-depth experience of recovery tools and have vendors manual for better usage of tools
- Information about the data features that needs recovery