Creating a disaster recovery plan An organization can begin its DR plan with a summary of vital action steps and a list of important contacts, so the most essential information is quickly and easily accessible. The plan should define the roles and responsibilities of disaster recovery team members and outline the criteria to launch the plan into action. The plan then specifies, in detail, the incident response and recovery activities. SearchDisasterRecovery's free, downloadable IT DR template will help facilitate the initiation and completion of an IT DR plan. Other important elements of a disaster recovery plan template include: Statement of intent and DR policy statement; Plan goals; Authentication tools, such as passwords; Geographical risks and factors; Tips for dealing with media; Financial and legal information and action steps; and Plan history. Scope and objectives of DR planning A disaster recovery plan can range in scope from basic to comprehensive. Some DRPs can be upward of 100 pages long. Disaster recovery budgets can vary greatly and fluctuate over time. Organizations can take advantage of free resources, such as online DR plan templates from SearchDisasterRecovery or the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Several organizations, such as the Business Continuity Institute and Disaster Recovery Institute International, also provide free information and online how-to articles. A disaster recovery plan checklist of goals includes identifying critical IT systems and networks, prioritizing the RTO, and outlining the steps needed to restart, reconfigure and recover systems and networks. The plan should at least minimize any negative effect on business operations. Employees should know basic emergency steps in the event of an unforeseen incident. Distance is an important, but often overlooked, element of the DR planning process. A disaster recovery site that is close to the primary data center may seem ideal -- in terms of cost, convenience, bandwidth and testing -- but outages differ greatly in scope. A severe regional event can destroy the primary data center and its DR site if the two are located too close together.
Specific types of disaster recovery plans DR plans can be specifically tailored for a given environment.
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- Disaster Recovery Institute International, disaster recovery strategy