This month RichM tackles disaster recovery and business continuity. One would think that since he was hired to secure the joint, that he would have support from management on such plans. Not so fast. Seems like everyone has mountains to climb.
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This month's column has been quite a learning experience. Well not the column as much as what I discovered in the process of getting management buy-in for a Business Continuity Planning/Disaster Recovery Planning (BCP/DRP).
In all of the information I have read, three main objectives need to be met in order to develop a BCP/DRP good plan. The major emphasis (and motivation behind this column) is point one:
1. Management buy-in
2. Develop the plan (Leave 4 - 6 months for this step)
3. Ability to test and verify plan
Once I approached management they were extremely excited and asked me to come up with a disaster recovery plan in a week. I explained that BCP/DRP takes a long time to create and requires feedback and input from key management members, and that rushing it would create an inaccurate plan. As I watched the decision maker's eyes glaze over, he mumbled something about off site storage of backup tapes and walked away.
And thus my learning experience kicks into high gear.
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