Disaster Planning Risk Assessment


The Standard for Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity

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A major part of the disaster recovery planning process is the assessment of the potential risks to the organization which could result in the disasters or emergency situations themselves. It is necessary to consider all the possible incident types, as well as and the impact each may have on the organization's ability to continue to deliver its normal business services.

Risk Score

This can be complex and demanding. To assist in this risk assessment process Janco has provided a number of tools. the Exhibit on the right is one such example.

There are many potential disruptive events and the impact and probability level must beassessed to give a sound basis for progress. To assist with this process the following list of potential events has been produced:

Types of Disaster

Environmental Disasters

  • Tornado
  • Hurricane
  • Power Grid Failure
  • Flood
  • Snowstorm
  • Ice Storms
  • Earthquake
  • Electrical storms
  • Brush Fire
  • Forest Fire
  • Structure Fire
  • Sink Holes
  • Landslides

Man Made Disruptions

  • Terrorist Attack
  • Sabotage
  • War
  • Theft
  • Arson
  • Labor Disputes

Equipment or System Failure

  • Internal power failure
  • Air conditioning failure
  • Cooling plant failure
  • Equipment failure

IT Failures and Security Breaches

  • Cyber crime
  • Loss of records or data
  • Disclosure of sensitive information
  • IT system failure

The Disaster Recovery / Business Continuity Template includes a threat and vulnerability assessment tool to aid you in classifying the risks enterprises face.

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