How To Build A Disaster Recovery Plan
Posted 27 May, 2020
Author - Abidemi Owolabi
How to build a disaster recovery plan

A Disaster recovery plan process involves more than simply writing the document. Before writing the DRP, risk analysis and business impact analysis can help determine where to focus resources in the disaster recovery planning process. The Business Impact Analysis (BIA) identifies the impacts of disruptive events and is the starting point for identifying risk within the context of disaster recovery.
It also generates the Recovery Time Objective (RTO) and Recovery Point Objective (RPO). The Risk Analysis (RA) identifies threats and vulnerabilities that could disrupt the operation of systems and processes highlighted in the Business Impact Analysis (BIA). The Risk Analysis (RA) assesses the likelihood of a disruptive event and outlines its potential severity.

A Disaster Recovery Plan (DRP) checklist should include the following steps:
·       Establishing the range or extent of necessary treatment and activity- the scope of recovery
·       Gathering relevant network infrastructure documents
·       Identifying the most serious threats and vulnerabilities, and the most critical assets.
·       Reviewing the history of unplanned incidents and outages, and how they were handled.
·       Identifying the current disaster recovery strategies, identifying the incident response team
·       Having management review and approve the DRP, testing the plan, updating the plan, and implementing a DRP audit.

Disaster Recovery Plan Template
The Disaster Recovery Plan should define the roles and responsibilities of disaster recovery team members and outline the criteria to launch the plan into action. The plan should specify the incident response and recovery activities.

Important elements of a disaster recovery plan template include:
·       A statement of intent and disaster recovery policy statement
·       Plan goals
·       Authentication tools, such as passwords
·       Geographical risks and factors
·       Tips for dealing with media
·       Financial and legal information and action steps and
·       Plan history.
Incident management plan vs. disaster recovery plan
An incident management plan (IMP) should also be incorporated into the disaster recovery plan; together, the two create a comprehensive data protection strategy. The goal of both plans is to minimize the impact of an unexpected incident, recover from it and return the organization to its normal production levels as quickly as possible. However, incident management plans and disaster recovery plans are not the same.
The major difference between an incident management plan and a DRP is their primary objectives. An incident management plan focuses on protecting sensitive data during an event and defines the scope of actions to be taken during the incident, including the specific roles and responsibilities of the incident response team. In contrast, a DRP focuses on defining the recovery objectives and the steps that must be taken to bring the organization back to an operational state after an incident occurs.
NOTE: One of our Disaster recovery plan as a company (teapotNG) is that we have reduced our risk by reducing our funding for now and value our assets by focusing more on our in-house projects.              
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