Disaster Recovery plans are a tool set of the Technical recovery teams tasked with the recovery of the affected systems.
Disaster Recovery plans should be activated alongside Business Continuity plans as part of an effective incident reporting and escalation process.
These plans should serve to assist in recovering the IT and Communication systems that support the delivery of the organisation’s essential products or services, which would then be resumed once the systems are in place to support them.
When establishing Disaster Recovery plan requirements, factors such as those below need to be taken into consideration:
- Having a clear understanding of the critical timelines for the recovery of the dependant products or services. These are known as Recovery Time Objective (RTO) and Maximum Tolerable Period of Disruption (MTPD)
- Establishing what technical staff exist across the organisation and their actual availability to conduct the technical recovery activities when systems are affected outside of core business hours
- The timely availability of the Data these systems utilise
- The required age of the Data for the recovery of products and services to be successful. This is known as the Recovery Point Objective (RPO)
Understanding technical infrastructures and systems, and the crucial part they play in underpinning the delivery of an organisation’s products or services is absolutely critical when creating Disaster Recovery plans.
Once developed: Disaster Recovery plans should be frequently tested for suitability with pass or fail elements incorporated into the tests. Plan familiarity outside of real incidents is another benefit of conducting tests along with the opportunity to update the information in them for detail accuracy.
The DisasterComUK team includes technical Disaster Recovery specialists with backgrounds in IT and Communications infrastructure, systems and applications. Because of this DisasterComUK is able to engage with technical and non-technical parties comfortably using workshops, meetings and other media, to develop Disaster Recovery plans that align perfectly with each organisation’s Business Continuity plans and procedures.