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Disaster Recovery Planning: Ensuring Business Continuity



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A Business Continuity Management System (BCMS) is designed to ensure an organization’s protection from the constant risk of business disruptions caused by internal and external threats. In this training course, you gain the skills to identify mission-critical continuity needs, define sources of risk, create an incident response team charter, implement a BCMS, and improve organizational resilience.

You Will Learn How To

  • Implement a Business Continuity Management System (BCMS)
  • Set BCM in the organizational context
  • Perform Business Impact Analysis (BIA) to identify business priorities
  • Coordinate the response following an incident
  • Test, maintain, and improve the BCMS

Course Outline

  • Introduction and Overview

Defining Business Continuity Management

  • Business continuity vs. disaster recovery
  • Clarifying the terminology
  • The importance of a BCMS
  • Overview of ISO 22301

Running BCMS development as a project

  • Obtaining the funding commitments
  • Agreeing on critical success factors
  • Testing deliverables
  • Analyzing The Organizational Context

Setting goals for the BCMS

  • Determining organizational risk appetite
  • Defining the operational environment

Determining the needs of interested parties

  • Identifying stakeholders
  • Analyzing stakeholder needs
  • Mapping stakeholder relationships
  • Documenting Business Continuity Requirements

Identifying mission-critical continuity needs

  • Evaluating which functions are critical
  • Setting priorities based on time horizons
  • Prioritizing processes and applications

Performing Business Impact Analysis (BIA)

  • Identifying threats
  • Assessing risks to the enterprise
  • Identifying business-critical activities
  • Prioritizing infrastructure requirements
  • Managing Risks to the Organization

Characterizing risks

  • Defining and identifying the sources of risk
  • Choosing a risk assessment method
  • Communicating risks across the organization

Developing appropriate responses

  • Matching the response to the risk
  • Taking preventative action
  • Ensuring appropriate contingencies are in place
  • Responding to Incidents

Creating the incident response plan

  • Capturing the planning output
  • Creating incident response team charters
  • Defining roles and responsibilities
  • Responding to incident scenarios
  • Information directories and equipment inventories

Directing the incident response team

  • Setting up the command centre
  • Planning and conducting communications
  • Connecting with emergency services
  • Team actions following an incident
  • Designing Contingency Arrangements

Establishing a standby site

  • Site choices: configuration and acquisition
  • Choosing suppliers: in-house vs. third-party
  • Specifying equipment

Selecting backup and restore strategies

  • Matching strategy to operational constraints
  • Meeting the organization's storage requirements for vital records

Restoring communications and recovering users

  • Determining vital users with the BIA
  • Rerouting voice, mail, goods delivery
  • Eliminating single points of failure
  • Connecting end users
  • Meeting varied user-recovery needs
  • Testing, Rehearsing and Improving Business Continuity Provisions

Rehearsing business continuity arrangements

  • Testing plans with a step-by-step process
  • Developing test scenarios and using test results effectively
  • Considering the impact of testing on the organization

Maintaining and improving the BCMS

  • Applying change control: why and how
  • Ensuring normal developments are accounted for
  • Leveraging test results to improve organizational practices
  • Managing organizational change
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