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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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