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Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery

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Ashwag Nasser

on 5 April 2015

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Transcript of Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery

The Case
- City of Houston, Texas and Harris County
- Reliant Park and the Houston Astrodome

- 250,000 Hurricane Katrina evacuees

9.2 Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery
- of companies that suffer a significant data loss go out of business
within 5 years

- Many managers have viewed BC/DR as only an IT security issue

Top Barriers to a BC Plan
- Cost (89%)

- Complexity (57%)

- Low priority (56%)

- Lack of top management support (42%)

- Lack of internal skills (21%)
The Case

Joseph Leonard
(Head of the operation)

"Ineffective communication between the command staff and those in New Orleans caused a serious problem"

"Organizations with poor on-scene decision-making authority slowed efforts to get things done"
- Businesses in hurricane alleys and earthquake corridors are deploying BC/DR plans supported with
software tools

- In disasters, companies can transmit vital data and records to their disaster recovery facilities

- Limiting downtime and data loss despite an outage at the primary location
- Regulators are paying closer attention to BC and recovery times

- APRA released its prudential standard on business continuity in April 2005

- APRA gave Australian firms only 12 months to fix their compliance gaps
1. Why might a company that had a significant data loss not be able to recover?
- Cost, without adequate backup it takes:

- The lost data was so critical that the business wasn't able to continue without it

2. Why are regulators requiring that companies implement BC/DR plans?

- Reduce downtime

- Stay running during disasters and not going out of business

- To protect the important assets

- Looking at the future results in improvements to operational efficiency in the near present

Thank You

Ashwag AlOmar
- Disasters teach best lessons for IT managers and corporate executives who
have not implemented
BC/DR processes

- The success or failure of those processes depends on
21 days and $19,000 to recreate just 20 MB of lost accounting data
Temporary city
Medical Facility
Post Office
Town Square
The Case
- Hurricane Katrina

- 2005

- $108 billion damage

- Shelters had exceeded their capacity
- Business continuity (BC) plan
It is a plan to continue operations if a place of business is affected by different levels of disaster

- Disaster recovery (DR) plan
Involves a set of policies and procedures to enable the recovery or continuation of vital technology infrastructure and systems

The Case

- Keys to success

- Pre-incident organization

- Partnerships with local volunteer groups

Key Points
-The purpose of BC plan is to
keep the business running
after a disaster occur

-The plan
should be written
so that it will be effective in case of disaster

- The plan should be kept in a
safe place
, copies should be given to all key managers and the plan should be audited periodically

- The plan can be
and may take several months to complete
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