disaster recovery plan
DRP is a plan for business continuity in the event of a disaster that destroys part or all of a business's resources, including IT equipment, data records and the physical space of an organization.
Stages of a Disaster Recovery Plan
The goal of a DRP is to resume normal computing capabilities in as little time as possible. A typical DRP has several stages, including the following:
- Understanding an organization's activities and how all of its resources are interconnected.
- Assessing an organization's vulnerability in all areas, including operating procedures, physical space and equipment, data integrity and contingency planning.
- Understanding how all levels of the organization would be affected in the event of a disaster.
- Developing a short-term recovery plan.
- Developing a long-term recovery plan, including how to return to normal business operations and prioritizing the order of functions that are resumed.
- Testing and consistently maintaining and updating the plan as the business changes.
A key to a successful DRP is taking steps to preventing the likelihood of disasters from occurring, such as using a hot site or cold site to back up data archives.
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