Disaster Recovery Plan
Disaster recovery falls within the larger framework of IT service management. Disaster recovery is a critical aspect of system security planning. Disaster recovery is a set of policies and protocols that are to be followed when the company faces times of crisis or unforeseen disasters. Such crisis may include major cyber-attacks from hackers, loss of goods and assets due to natural disasters or systematic failures of industrial processes or equipment.
Disaster recovery is analogous to risk assessment and management and is usually considered a part of typical business continuity plans. Having a strong disaster recovery plan helps in the quick and efficient identification of IT services and processes that can be of help during times of emergencies. Disaster recovery plans are indispensable in ensuring the health of the company in the long run.
Steps involved in Disaster Recovery
There are three basic steps involved any kind of disaster recovery plan. An outline of each of the
steps as mentioned below.
- Threat detection and signaling - This is the first step to establishing any disaster recovery plan. Early detection of threat and timely communication of the impending disaster is crucial in managing the disaster and in establishing steps for quick recovery. Industries not only need to monitor their networks for lurking threats but also keep a watch on the various routine processes through sensors and easy-to-use dashboards.
- Corrective measures - Modern disaster recovery plans and ITSM systems have automated software tools that begin corrective actions automatically as soon as the threat detection system notifies the respective agencies. Such automated corrective systems detect the nature of the threat and analyze the risks involved. The system then automatically decides upon the correct course of action and executes the disaster management protocol.
- Preventive techniques - Once the disaster recovery system matures, it will be able to identify patterns of crisis that the organization is susceptible to. Preventive techniques are implemented to stop disasters from happening in the first place. Such preventive measures may be difficult to implement for a newly established disaster recovery system as both the system and the workforce need to gain experience of dealing with an actual crisis before being able to predict and prevent one.
Most security management teams in organizations conduct disaster assessment checks and routine preventive exercises to guard against disasters. Proper training is usually provided to each and every individual member so that the entire team can respond to any kind of crisis in a systematic and coordinated fashion without any confusion.