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By TomSal ·
I have a large task ahead of me that I actually started back in the first half of December, I am overwhelmed.

Three people are responsible for creating a comprehensive business continuity plan from the ground up...those three people? Me, myself and I.

I've read plenty of articles on the subject and even bouth the Disaster Recovery book offered by Tech Republic, but reading is far different from actually DOING.

Our company, is small - roughly 75 employees at the moment, however we havea pretty impressive server room for our size. The top guys know we need a plan in case of emergency or disaster but they are basically very naive on the importance (or the amount of work that goes into) a comprehensive plan.

My question then, cananyone share their plans (or samples of their plans) with me? How "anally detailed" do I need to make this thing? Currently I'm writing a plan regarding anything from safe guarding our software licenses to what to do if (god forbid) a key employee dies. Is this over doing it? Is it correct that if cover all the bases I should the plan will be the size of a small bible?

Any help is greatly appreciated.

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Take it or leave it...

by Kima In reply to Business Continuity Plann ...

Well you always against me for some reason or another, but I'll be nice and help you this time..

Go to this site which will explain to you what to do about your continuity plan...

http://www.cc.ic.ac.uk/register/regulations/sec_policy/CODE_PRACTICE2.htm

HOPE IT HELPS!!!

Feel free to ask me anything, I'll do what I can to help you, even though you been a little rude with me..

Kima

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Development of a data backup plan

by Kima In reply to Take it or leave it...

Initiation responsibility: Head of IT Section; IT Security Management

Implementation responsibility: Administrator; staff responsible for the individual IT applications

The data backup plan must enable an expert third person to obtain withinreasonable time, and to install, the entire software required for the restart of an IT procedure (operating system software, application software) and the associated data.

A data backup policy must provide information on:

the storage location of the data during normal operation (disk-memory space allocation table);
stock of backup data (inventory);
the time of data saving;
nature and extent of data backup (logical/physical; partial/full);
the procedure used for data saving and for reconstruction of backup data;
the location where the media are kept (indication of any access means required).
The systematic compilation of a data-backup policy as the basis for a data-backup plan is described in Chapter 3.4.

Additional controls:

Are data saving measures carried out in accordance with the data backup policy?
Has the possibility to obtain, without delay, the required data carriers from external data backup stocks been ascertained during emergency preparedness exercises?
How up-to-date is the existing data backup policy?

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Other sites...

by Kima In reply to Development of a data bac ...

Disaster Recovery Planning Directory
http://www.businesscontinuityplan.co.uk/disasterrecoveryworld/

Disaster Recovery World
http://www.disasterrecoveryworld.com/

Business Continuity Pack - Launch Pad
http://binary7.com/business-continuity-plan/

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Care to elaborate?

by TomSal In reply to Take it or leave it...

Hi.

First, thanks for the suggestions I'll look into them.

Second, you'll have to bare with me on this one because I really don't keep track of most issues I respond to online. Perhaps its just how I am but I let very little online stuff bother me "outside of the online world". I adopt (at least I strive too) an attitude of honesty and facts as known to me at the time of the issue at hand. If that makes any sense. I'll admit I do respond with a hard edge on occassion when I feel its warranted, and I suppose I need to "check" myself a little more at times. In very few cases do I jump on ANYONE unless I detect hostility, immaturity, wrong information, etc. FIRST from them and then I try to respond accordingly. I also write with a lot of sarcasm sometimes, because that's part of my warped sense of humor. Some people don't get it, some laugh insanely at it and some get upset by it - but isn't that case with nearly anything you do or say in life?

That said, I'd be happy to take alook at posts where I was rude with you if you could refer me to the links of them.

Thanks again.

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Recovery Planning

by bizwriter In reply to Business Continuity Plann ...

If the web sites others have provided don't help you do it, you might want to look up a consultant who specializes in Disaster and Recovery Planning. Believe it or not, there are professional writer/planners out there who do nothing but develop these things for businesses.

If you want to do-it-yourself, I would start by creating a series of flow charts of how your business works and where it can break down. That will help you pinpoint the areas that need to be included in your plan. This works for both hardware/software/physical planning as well as business process planning. Once you have an idea of how everything works together you can start looking for detours around the potential problem points.

One other thing, when you write your plan put in who is responsible for doing what, not individual names, but job titles/categories and make sure that your HR department includes those responsibilities in their jobs descriptions, that way you have a fail-safe for communicating what todo when disaster strikes (remeber, too, that disaster doesn't have to be monumental -- it can be a power outage that wipes out a day's work or a trucker's strike that delays product shipments indefinitely, too). Hope this helps!

Jay H.
Technical Writer
bizwriter@msn.com

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Too much money...

by Kima In reply to Recovery Planning

Why pay when you can get the idea on your own...


Here are more sites.....

MIT Business Continuity Plan
http://web.mit.edu/security/www/pubplan.htm

IBM Business Continuity & Recovery Services
http://www-1.ibm.com/services/continuity/recover1.nsf/ers/Home

GAO
http://www.gao.gov/special.pubs/bcpguide.pdf

Business Continuity Planning Directory
http://www.business-continuity-and-disaster-recovery-world.co.uk/

InfoSysSec - One of the best
http://www.disaster-resource.com/articles/97moore.htm

Global Continuity
http://www.globalcontinuity.com/

Business Continuity Planning Model
http://www.drj.com/new2dr/model/bcmodel.htm

Business Continuity Management - Preventing Chaos in Crisis
http://www.dti.gov.uk/mbp/bpgt/m9ba91001/m9ba910011.html

The Leading Websites
http://www.the-search-directory.com/disaster-recovery-business-continuity/

OIS Texas
http://www.dir.state.tx.us/security/continuity/

University of Massachusetts
http://www.umassp.edu/policy/data/busines.html


Continuity Plan
http://www.hsciso.med.utah.edu/buscont/

Lucent Knowledge Seminar
http://www.lucent.com/livelink/209697_Presentation.ppt

Free Software & Guide
http://contact.bellsouth.com/email/Continuity/index.html

FDA Contingency Plan -Sample
http://vm.cfsan.fda.gov/~dms/y2kbccp.html


Continuity Plan Outline
http://www.state.ma.us/y2k/Archive/projplanning/ContinuityPlan.htm

Fedline Business Continuity Plan
http://www.bos.frb.org/finsvcs/html/publica/pdf/flbcbook.pdf

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I'm on track now, thanks...

by TomSal In reply to Recovery Planning

I agree a consultant is/would be too expensive. I actually have a thing about consultants, well most of them...I know many on these forums throughout TR are in fact consultants....let's just say that most lawyers have a higher chance of being fair in their pricing when compared to most consultants I've dealt with over the years.


A few of the sites that Kima listed proved helpful. Some of them I had known about before posting here and I reviewed them as well. I also purchased a book on the company's dime and I now have a rough draft completed that's already in the 2nd review/revision stage.

thank you both for the assistance and the links.

-tom

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I'm on track now, thanks...

by TomSal In reply to Recovery Planning

I agree a consultant is/would be too expensive. I actually have a thing about consultants, well most of them...I know many on these forums throughout TR are in fact consultants....let's just say that most lawyers have a higher chance of being fair in their pricing when compared to most consultants I've dealt with over the years.


A few of the sites that Kima listed proved helpful. Some of them I had known about before posting here and I reviewed them as well. I also purchased a book on the company's dime and I now have a rough draft completed that's already in the 2nd review/revision stage.

thank you both for the assistance and the links.

-tom

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Hi Tom.. I need your help

by Kima In reply to I'm on track now, thanks. ...

I'm trying to start my Non-Profit Organization and also an Educational Portal in Multiple Languages & Subjects.

I need to know which sites where the most helpful to you from the ones I provided so I can add them to my site under Management Sample Documents..

Also feel free to visit the site at:

http://www.cyberadeptness.com

It still under construction as I'm not much of a Web Developer, I just learn and teach myself as I go, and I'm the only one working on it, but I hope to make it your One stop to the BEST OF THE BEST educational sites in the internet, as well as your primary source for Document samples, Training, etc., etc...

I'll really appreciated your help in this matter..

Kima

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Business Continuity Planning

by IT In reply to Business Continuity Plann ...

I'm also looking for the same information but for an office of about 90 people.

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