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Disaster Recovery Planning, not unlike security, is a process, not a project or a product. In order to achieve real success in Disaster Recovery, a process should be implemented to develop attainable strategy solutions that grow and change with the company. Additionally, these strategies have to be developed in a process that allows and promotes the business process managers to take ownership in the plan and its success.  It is also important to understand that while Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery have many overlapping concepts, they are indeed separate and unique processes and should be treated as unique entities. With proper Business Continuity planning, it is highly probable that disaster recovery plans could and should go un-executed for years. However, if and when the levels of business continuity drop below optimal levels, it is imperative that the Disaster Recovery Teams know what, when, and how to recover quickly and efficiently.

Our Disaster Recovery processes are “tried and true”. Our location in Central Florida has allowed our team multiple instances to exercise both our internal Disaster Recovery Plans and the plans of hundreds of our customers during the last 10 major Hurricanes that have come through our area. Simply put, we know what works, and we know what doesn’t. This first hand experience allows our team a unique perspective on both Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery. While our efforts are heavily geared to proper Business Continuity Planning, we that Disaster Recovery Planning is a necessary and useful requirement for Business Continuity and Critical Infrastructure Protection.

eSureITy BCP consultants are Certified Business Continuity Professionals (CBCP) or Master Certified Business Continuity Professionals (MCBCP). In addition to our experience requirements, these benchmark certifications ensures that your assessor is both trained and experienced to perform Disaster Recovery planning and testing functions.  Our Table Top and simulation tests feature real world scenarios from simple tasks such as IT resource outages to full scale loss of physical plant to regional disasters. Our service include:

  • Project Initiation and Management
  • Risk Evaluation and Control
  • Business Impact Analysis
  • Developing Business Continuity Strategies
  • Emergency Response and Operations
  • Developing and Implementing Business Continuity Plans
  • Awareness Programs and Training
  • Maintaining and Exercising the Business Continuity Plans
  • Crisis Communications
  • Coordination with External Agencies

The methodology used to develop the plans, emphasize the following key points:

  • Providing management with a comprehensive understanding of the total effort required to develop and maintain an effective recovery plan;
  • Obtaining commitment from appropriate management to support and participate in the effort;
  • Defining recovery requirements from the perspective of business functions;
  • Documenting the impact of an extended loss to operations and key business functions;
  • Focusing appropriately on disaster prevention and impact minimization, as well as orderly recovery;
  • Selecting project teams that ensure the proper balance required for plan development;
  • Developing a contingency plan that is understandable, easy to use and easy to maintain; and
  • Defining how contingency planning considerations must be integrated into ongoing business planning and system development processes in order for the plan to remain viable over time.

The successful and cost effective completion of such a project requires the close cooperation of management from all areas of Information Systems as well as business areas supported by Information Systems. Senior personnel from Information Systems and user areas must be significantly involved throughout the project for the planning process to be successful.

 

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