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July 5, 2009

Disaster Recovery

Disaster recovery planning is a subset of a larger process known as business continuity planning and should include applications, data, hardware, communications (such as networking) and other IT infrastructure. A business continuity plan (BCP) includes planning for non-IT related aspects such as key personnel, facilities, crisis communication and reputation protection, and should refer to the disaster recovery plan (DRP) for IT related infrastructure recovery / continuity.

General steps to follow while creating BCP/DRP

  1. Identify the scope and boundaries of business continuity plan. First step enables us to define scope of BCP. It provides an idea for limitations and boundaries of plan. It also includes audit and risk analysis reports for institution’s assets.
  2. Conduct a business impact analysis (BIA). Business impact analysis is study and assessment of financial losses to institution resulting from destructive event as unavailability of important business services.
  3. Sell the concept of BCP to upper management and obtain organizational and financial commitment. Convincing senior management to approve BCP/DRP is key task. It is very important for security professional to get approval for plan from upper management to bring it to effect.
  4. Each department will need to understand its role in plan and support to maintain it. In case of disaster, each department has to be prepared for the action. To recover and to protect the critical systems each department has to understand the plan follows it accordingly. It is also important to maintain and help in creation of plan for each individual department.
  5. The BCP project team must implement the plan. After approval from upper management plan should be maintained and implemented. Implementation team should follow the guidelines procedures in plan.
  6. NIST tool set can be used for doing BCP. National Institute of standards and Technologies has published tools which can help in creating BCP.

Acronis

Acronis, Inc. is a company incorporated in Delaware that produces hard disk utility software, including disk-imaging backup and recovery, partition management, and boot management software. It also develops software for virtualization migration and conversion, for the purpose of migrating a physical server to a virtual server (such as VMware), or what is also termed P2V. Its best-known product, Acronis True Image, creates a software image of a computer disk in order to restore an exact image on the same or another computer. Most software is produced in different versions, from low-priced software for single computers up to versions for companies with many desktop and server computers.

Reference: Wikipedia