Quality of Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity Plans has improved over the past year according to Janco

19% of the organizations surveyed had to activate part of their DR/BC plans in the last 12 months.

Park City UT - Janco Associates has just completed its annual review of 875 DR/BC plans.  19% of the organizations surveyed had to activate part or all of their DR/BC plan at least once over the past 12 months for part or all of the organization.

BIA Business Impact Analysis QuestionnaireMr. Janulaitis the CEO of Janco Associates, Inc. said, “There has been a 3% improvement in the overall quality of Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity plans that were activated in the past 12 months. The only area where there was not an improvement in the quality of the DR/BC plans was in recovery from system hacking breaches and meeting privacy and security mandated requirements. Much of that is due to the recent EU's GDPR mandate and increased activity by hackers with new types of breaches impacting social networking accounts.“

Janco utilized its recently updated Risk Assessment Business & IT Impact Questionnaire to gather the data on the quality of the plans.  875 organizations submitted copies of their BIA forms. Janco then followed up with interviews of the individuals who provided the completed questionnaires.

Quality of DR/BC Plans

The BIA Questionnaire is available as a standalone item.  In addition, it is included with the standard version of the Disaster Recovery / Business Continuity Template, the Security Manual Template and every one of its Auditing, Compliance and Management Infrastructure product bundles.  All of these offerings have been re-released with the updated BIA questionnaire which now addresses e-commerce and mandated security and privacy security requirements.

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The CEO added, “3,100 plus enterprises in over 150 countries have selected the Janco Disaster Recovery Business Continuity Template as their product of choice.”

All of Janco's offerings are delivered electronically and come as easily customizable MS Word documents, PDF files.  The Security Manual template includes full supporting policies including Blog and Personal Website Policy; Mobile Device Policy; Physical and Virtual File Server Security Policy; Sensitive Information Policy - Credit Card, Social Security, Employee, and Customer Data; and Travel and Off-Site Meeting Policy.

The Disaster Recovery Business Continuity template is over 250 pages and includes everything needed to customize the Disaster Recovery Plan to fit an organization's specific requirements. The template has proven written text and examples. Included are: Business Impact Analysis - including a sample impact matrix ;  Organization Responsibilities pre and post-disaster - DRP checklist; Backup Strategy for Data Centers, Departmental File Servers, Wireless Network servers, Data at Outsourced Sites, Desktops (In office and "at home"), Laptops, PDA's and BYOD; Recovery Strategy including approach, escalation plan process and decision points;  Disaster Recovery Procedures in a checklist format; Incident/Media Communication Plan; Plan Administration Process; Technical Appendix including definition of contact points; Job Description for Disaster Recovery Manager (3 pages long) - entire disaster recovery team job descriptions are also available in the premium version of the offering; and,  a Work Plan to modify and implement the template.

The CEO said, "We are offering a bundle of the DR/BC and Security templates with 90 days of update service.  Or there the option for a little more to get the offering with 12 or 24 months of update service.  In addition, for those companies that would like to have full job descriptions to support these templates, there are expanded versions of this bundle."  For more information go to Janco’s website at https://www.e-janco.com/drp_and_security.htm.

Janco is an international consulting firm that follows issues that concern CIOs and CFOs. The firm publishes a series of IT and business infrastructure HandiGuides® and Templates including a Disaster Recovery/Business Continuity Template, Security Template, IT Job Descriptions, and its semi-annual IT Salary Survey.