Tips for Creating an Effective Disaster Recovery Plan

Tips for Creating an Effective Disaster Recovery Plan

A Disaster Recovery Plan (DRP), a part of the Business Continuity Plan (BCP), describes how an organization handles a potential disaster. Disasters interrupt the continuity of normal activities, but disaster recovery plans can minimize the loss because of disasters. In this way, the organization can continue to work on important matters. Disaster recovery is important in business management. As equipment, systems, and networks become more complex, many things are more error-prone, which complicates remediation plans.

Disaster recovery and cybersecurity disasters recovery planning are a necessity in current threat environment, contact LIFARS experts to be prepared

Today’s enterprise systems are more complex than before, and disruptions in services or loss of data can have a serious economic impact. The following guidelines can help you with creating an effective DR plan:

  1. Inventory Hardware & Software – In order to obtain the backup and make the system back on rapidly, it is important to create a complete inventory of each application and hardware with the vendor’s technical support contact info.
  2. Define Tolerance For Downtime & Data Loss – By properly evaluating an acceptable Recovery Point Objective (RPO) and Recovery Time Objective (RTO) is for each set of applications, businesses can ensure a cost-effective level of DR.
  3. Identify Backup Personnel – All parties involved should be aware of each other’s responsibilities in order to ensure the DR process operates as efficiently as possible. This is especially critical when working with third-party vendors or providers.
  4. Create Communication Plan – Creating effective and reliable methods for communicating with employees, vendors, suppliers, and customers in a timely manner are necessary beyond the initial notification of an emergency.
  5. Backup Worksite For Employees – In the event of a disaster, an operational place to work, with the right equipment, space, and communications is needed. Be sure to note any compliance requirements and contract dedicated workspace where staff and data can remain private.
  6. Ensure Service-level Agreements (SLAs) Include Disasters/Emergencies – If working with an outsourced IT firm or a data center/co-location facility, it is important to ensure the SLA discloses they start working on resolving your problem within a specified time.
  7. Include How To Handle Sensitive Information – When a DR plan has been activated, it is important to define the operational and technical procedures to address how sensitive information will be maintained and accessed.
  8. Test Plan Regularly – The plan must include details on how your DR environment will be tested, including the method and frequency of tests, as there are a lot of things that can be changed after the plan is made. The only way to find the changes is to test it when you can afford to fail.

LIFARS’ Cloud security compliance program is used for assessing cloud risks, capabilities and controls across the enterprise and to determine the strategy and a roadmap for ongoing risk assessment and remediation.

LIFARS focuses on cloud security risk assessment and management of the clients in the region ensuring that policies and standards are met and fulfilled as it relates. A cloud security risk assessment can help your enterprise to identify the risks, evaluate current controls, identify gaps or weaknesses and provide recommendations tailored to business priorities. We can help you assess and identify areas of improvement in your security posture and work with you to fix your compliance shortfalls. The example of controls from the Cloud security assessment are:

  • Change Control & Configuration Management: To support business processes and technical measures are implemented to restrict the installation of unauthorized software on organizationally-owned or managed user end-point devices and IT infrastructure network and system components. To ensure the development and acquisition of new data, physical or virtual applications, infrastructure network and system components, any corporate, operations, and data center facilities have been pre-authorized by the organization’s business leaders.
  • Encryption and Key Management: To ensure technical measures are implemented for the use of encryption protocols for protection of sensitive data in storage, data in use and data in transmission.
  • Governance and Risk Management program: To ensure Information Security Management Program (ISMP) is developed, documented, approved, and implemented that includes administrative, technical, and physical safeguards to protect assets and data from loss, misuse, unauthorized access, disclosure, alteration, and destruction.


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