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  • Government Auditor finds Disaster Recovery Plans fall short

    Disaster Recovery & Business Continuity Audit Recommendations

    Goverment Auditior finds Disaster Recovery Plans fall shorA government auditor has provided recommendations to government agencies after concluding that their disaster recovery processes are not sufficient to recover and restore critical IT systems following disruptions.

    The top five recommendations were:

    1. Create a "collaborative disaster recovery working group" to provide advice and technical support; share learnings from the disaster recovery tests and exercises undertaken; coordinate disaster recovery requirements for resources shared between agencies; identify, develop, implement, and manage initiatives impacting multiple agencies; and coordinate funding requests to ensure certain investments and requirements are prioritised.
    2. Perform a gap analysis on their disaster recovery requirements and resource capabilities in order to determine the amount of investment that will be required
    3. Develop and test disaster recovery plans for the IT systems that support critical business functions.
    4. Provide advice and training to staff on specific disaster recovery systems, as well as newly developed frameworks, policies, standards, and procedures to increase awareness and adoption of those systems.
    5. Establish "system obsolescence management processes" in order to identify and manage systems at risk of becoming obsolete; enable strategic planning, lifecycle optimisation, and the development of long-term business cases for system lifecycle support; and provide agency executives with information that will allow them to make risk-based investment decisions.

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    - Government Auditor finds Disaster Recovery Plans fall short


    DR/BC Hurricane Lessons Learned

    Breath and depth of Hurricane was beyond the scope of many disaster recovery and business continuity plans

    The breadth and depth of damage associated with Hurricane Harvey is a reminder of the importance of developing, maintaining, and exercising corporate-level crisis management, emergency response, and business continuity plans.

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    - DR/BC Hurricane Lessons Learned


    Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity mitigates disruptions

    Disaster Recovery & Business Continuity

    A solid emergency response plan and business continuity plan can help mitigate the impacts of an unexpected disruption. You've spend many hours putting in place resources to help you grow your business, it makes sense to spend time putting in place a plan that can keep your business going if those resources (such as business phones, email and other forms of communication) experience an unexpected outage.

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    - Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity mitigates disruptions


    Cloud outage could cost billions

    How to Guide for Cloud Processing and Outsourcing provides EVERYTHING that is needed to select a vendor, enter into an agreement, and manage the relationship.

    Cloud outage could cost billionsLloyd’s of London stated thata acyber problem that shuts down a top US cloud computing provider for three to six days could trigger a loss to clients of between $5.3 billion and $19 billion in business losses, of which only $1.1 billion to $3.5 billion would be covered by insurance. Public cloud providers have set up many redundant systems in their clouds. Although you could bring down a single datacenter, perhaps even a whole region, you won’t disrupt all the cloud datacenters and regions. Kill one, and the others take over.

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    - Cloud outage could cost billions


    Top 10 reasons business continuity professionals fail

    Top 10 reasons business continuity professionals fail

    Electronically Delivered DR/BC PlanWhy do Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity practitioners fail?

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    Do not put plan development in the terms of ROI

    1. Do not know how to properly communicate  with executives
    2. Do not take the time to learn how the business works
    3. Plans are re viewed as pure costs and Do not deliver value until the very end of a long life-cycle
    4. Do not have techniques or incentives to properly engage users of the process
    5. Continue to focus almost exclusively on worst case scenarios not what is likely to occur
    6. Spend the vast majority of their creative efforts meeting uniform regulatory and compliance requirements
    7. Set too many rigid rules and processes
    8. Think their Focus should be on documentation versus ecoverability
    9. Metrics laking which would prove the effectiveness of formal continuity planning
    - Top 10 reasons business continuity professionals fail