Disaster Recovery

Disaster Recovery

Disaster Recovery

The Bett Group DR team helps organizations in planning for business continuity in the event a major disaster affects the entity’s facilities or the public infrastructure upon which it depends.

National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) Special Publication 800-34 entitled Contingency Planning for Information Technology Systems forms the basis of our approach. This document describes a seven-step contingency planning process to develop and maintain a viable disaster recovery program:
  1. Develop the contingency planning policy statement. A formal policy provides the authority and guidance necessary to develop an effective contingency plan.
  2. Conduct the business impact analysis (BIA). The BIA helps identify and prioritize information systems and components critical to supporting the organization’s mission/business processes.
  3. Identify preventive controls. Measures taken to reduce the effects of system disruptions can increase system availability and reduce contingency life cycle costs.
  4. Create contingency strategies. Thorough recovery strategies ensure that the system may be recovered quickly and effectively following a disruption.
  5. Develop an information system contingency plan. The contingency plan should contain detailed guidance and procedures for restoring a damaged system unique to the system’s security impact level and recovery requirements.
  6. Ensure plan testing, training, and exercises. Testing validates recovery capabilities, whereas training prepares recovery personnel for plan activation and exercising the plan identifies planning gaps; combined, the activities improve plan effectiveness and overall organization preparedness.
  7. Ensure plan maintenance. The plan should be a living document that is updated regularly to remain current with system enhancements and organizational changes.