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Exercising IT Disaster Recovery Plans

Written by  KHALED OTAISHAN

This article is intended to provide a high-level overview of how to conduct full and announced IT business continuity exercise. This overview specifically helps in coordinating a disaster recovery plan (DRP) exercise for an audience who has had a few years’ experience in business continuity. Disaster recovery (DR) is a subset of business continuity planning (BCP), which refers to plans on how a business should plan for continuing in case of disaster. While, DR refers to how information technology (IT) should recover in case of a disaster. Developing a DRP is an essential step of any BC program. However, validating organizations want DRPs to make the business more resilient against IT disruptions, and prepare their people to respond to incidents that might impact their critical IT systems or services. Larger, multi-departmental IT organizations with distributed or outsourced operations providing critical IT services should have their own DRP. Based on field