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Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery

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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
(FBI)


- 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)
-
NICS

"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"
Now
- 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
Globally
- 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
Questions
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
References

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Business_continuity_planning
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disaster_recovery
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NRG_Park
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hurricane_Katrina
http://www.capitalnetworks.co.uk/news/2010/07/21/70-of-businesses-that-experience-a-major-data-loss-go-out-of-business/
https://www.cbiz.com/insights-resources/blog/postid/104/expect-the-unexpected-implementing-a-business-continuity-plan#.VQ2BhxDLc5A
http://smallbusiness.chron.com/importance-business-continuity-plan-5135.html
http://www.metrocorpcounsel.com/articles/23847/importance-business-continuity-planning-dealing-inevitable-risk
https://emergencymanagementcanada.wordpress.com/2011/09/07/top-five-ways-a-business-continuity-plan-can-help-your-organization/
http://windowsitpro.com/backup-and-recovery/discover-your-disaster-recovery-preparedness
https://www.fema.gov/pdf/emergency/nims/lessons_learned_tx_katrina.pdf
http://www.richwooders.com/storm/hurricane/texas/katrina-pic/astrodome-002.jpg
http://mobile-solutions.ingenico.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/business-continuity.png
https://www.youtube.com/
By
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
IT
21 days and $19,000 to recreate just 20 MB of lost accounting data
?
?
Temporary city
Medical Facility
Pharmacy
Post Office
Town Square
93%
The Case
- Hurricane Katrina

- 2005

- $108 billion damage

- Shelters had exceeded their capacity
Definitions
- 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
complex
and may take several months to complete
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