The Disaster Recovery Toolkit is a valuable collection of items and documents to assist in ensuring continuity in the face or disaster or serious incident. Each item included is tried and trusted in a variety of organizations, across the world.
The toolkit is shipped in two formats: PDF and RTF. The latter is provided for those organizations which wish to import the documents to MS-Word or similar, perhaps for editing or for adding additional elements. It comprises
The toolkit is intended to help you review the full montage of continuity and contingency issues. It should help you obtain the assurance required for this potentially critical activity.
Included in the toolkit are the following items:
CONTINGENCY AUDIT QUESTIONNAIRE
This document is designed to help you assess the contingency status of the supporting IT infrastructure. It comprises a number of discrete modules, covering the following topics:
IT Infrastructure Contingency
Application Back Up Practices
Specific Application Contingency
PC & Small System Contingency
Power Supply Contingency
The modules are not intended to be a panacea, covering every potential situation, but should certainly embrace the major issues and most likely scenarios, enabling you to review your contingency and disaster preparedness to a high quality.
DISASTER RECOVERY & BUSINESS CONTINUITY PLAN AUDIT
This document is intended to help you to review and audit your disaster recovery or business continuity plan. It covers the status of the plan itself, and explores in some depth the content of the plan
. embracing everything from business function definition to post disaster recovery.
This document is intended to be an aid to those wishing to perform a dependency and time criticality analysis. It covers many resources, but the intention is that the user can, if required, increase the scope of the document by the addition of extra sections.
At the rear of the document is both a set of definitions and an example framework - to demonstrate how the results of the analysis could be used to assist in the actual planning process.
Dependency analysis is a critical part of business continuity and disaster recovery planning. Without a reasonable understanding of what the actual dependencies of the function or business/organization actually are, how can you sensibly plan for a situation in which some are unavailable? How can you react to a disaster or other serious event, without understanding what your vital resources/services are, and what the time criticality for each of them is?
CHECKLIST, FRAMEWORK & ACTION LIST FOR DISASTER RECOVERY
This document contains the outline steps required in the production of a disaster recovery plan. It details what should normally be included, how it can be structured and so on. It can be used as the basis for the production of a new plan or as a checklist against and existing plan.
The report also embraces practical contingency. The recommended actions should be carefully considered with respect to the specific function or organization under review. Again, the document is not intended to be a panacea, but it should help you to ensure that both the plan and contingency arrangements are adequate for your needs.
Although this document can be used as the basis for the production of a new continuity plan, its most common use is as a checklist against both a disaster recovery plan and the contingency situation within a business/department. It can hopefully stimulate new ideas, and equally insure that important issues are not overlooked.
It covers a wide range of disaster recovery and business continuity issues, and can prove useful in both audit missions and plan creation alike. For the latter, it details what should normally be included, how it can be structured, and so on.
Impact analysis is the basis of all good disaster recovery and business continuity planning activity. How can you expect to create a plan to cope with disaster if you have not properly assessed the consequences of that disaster on your different operations and functions?
This document will assist with this process by considering a number of business impact scenarios and investigating various aspects of your organization.
The Toolkit provides a consistent and objective assessment of your ability to withstand a disaster, offering invaluable guidance and assistance to address any shortcomings or potential exposures.
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