Disaster recovery plan (DRP) — description of the actions of employees in the event of an accident (a situation where the software or equipment is completely faulty for a long period of time).
The practice of recent months – disappointingly showed the complete unreadiness of IT to resist not only external threats, but also its own – internal.
Many companies simply did not know what to do in case of emergency.
The panic among staff (especially IT) has led to far greater negative consequences than virus attacks.
But everything is very simple…. :
- We build the architecture of services competently
- We use microsegmentation
- We control or “cut” end users
- We build DR-plans for every participant of the process
In this article, we briefly go over the last point – what to do to avoid chaos.
So, the main stages of creating a plan:
- Research – at this stage, the impact of a possible accident on the different levels of the organization’s work is investigated, vulnerability is assessed in all areas, including working methods, working space and equipment, data integrity and integrity. In other words, dependencies are created on the possibility of continuing work processes in the event of failure or inaccessibility of one or more IS.
- Development – development of a strategy, at the expense of what technical and organizational means will be implemented DR-solution. At the same stage, the concept of a disaster-resistant IT infrastructure is being built. Planning of human resources and participation in certain business processes are carried out.
- Implementation – implementation of a technical solution and development of short-term and long-term recovery plans after an accident, including a plan for returning to normal business operations and determining priorities among the functions to be restored. At this stage, it is necessary to correctly determine what is the priority and how to return from short-term solutions to normal operation.
- Testing – mandatory testing of the solution and verification of the operability of plans. Optimization of processes and training of personnel.
As you can see, the number of points in the plan is small, but it is from the correctness and relevance of the DR-plan that it will depend on how quickly you can restore your infrastructure (or maybe simply switch to a backup data center), how to minimize losses and downtime, how to avoid panic among End users and their managers.
Our company will help you analyze the infrastructure and business processes to create a DR-plan and architecture that meets all your requirements!