Tips for an effective Disaster Recovery Plan (DRP)

Disaster recovery involves security planning for a company from the outcome of significant negative events that puts an organization’s operations at risk. Some such examples could be hardware failures, employee negligence, security attacks, and natural disasters.

Organizations disaster recovery plans (DRP) are created to document policies, procedures and actions to minimize the disruption an organization faces amidst a disaster. The DRP’s objective is to have the company quickly resume its mission-critical functions.

In IT, disaster recovery steps may include restoring servers or mainframes with backups, restoring your voice services or making sure the network in your office can meet immediate business needs. In essence, making sure your business is well equipped to continue being operational.

Setting Up and Recovering Disasters in IT Frameworks

There are certain keys to realizing when it comes to setting up and recovering disasters in the IT frameworks. These include:

Defining Key Assets

For starters, you should be able to define your key assets, threats and scenarios so you know beforehand and well in advance if something goes wrong. You should know what your assets are and what losing it would mean to your business. This will keep you good shape and well on track in order to move ahead with the next step. Some possible threats to the assets might be terrorism, riot, security incident, earthquake, hurricane, and fire.

Determining Recovery Window

After defining your assets, the next step is to determine how long you can essentially go without access to the resource. This will be referred to as the recovery window for every asset. Defining the recovery window is important because it gives you a clear idea about all your assets.

Defining Recovery Solutions

In order to prevent disasters or for disaster recovery in general, it is also important to define recovery solutions. Solutions include determining the appropriate type and the level of protection that is tied to the business value of the asset and then how long can you work without it.

Come Up With A Disaster Recovery Plan

The fourth step involves drafting a disaster recovery plan. This will show how the assets will be protected and how to take care of them. You also need to have a decent emergency operations center where all emergencies will come and will be catered for.

Always remember that in the case of disasters or in your disaster recovery plan, you need to have a people’s first policy so that you do not just take care of your assets but employees as well.

Establish Communication Plans- Role Assignment

Communication is key and you should establish communications plans and assign roles for the disaster recovery team in case things go wrong. Decide who will be responsible for what, what is the communication plan for the employees, who will be responsible if X event occurs and so on.

Site Planning For Disaster Recovery

Once these things have been determined, the next step will be to implement the systems or capabilities that are required to deliver the plan. Keep all the definitions in line and in check. Implement data replication and see what you have to do to start planning for disaster recovery.

Accessing Data And Application

This step involves defining appropriate mechanisms in order to access your data and applications. You should try to set up some means in your office or place and establish it as a decent disaster recovery site so that it can be accessed in case of a disaster.


It is also important to document the disaster recovery plan. Make sure that you are documenting it in detail so as to ensure there is a transfer of knowledge to somebody who is reviewing the document for the first time.

You will want to keep everything documented so you know what to do and what not to do. There is some planning and discussion involved but the idea is to keep things realistic and keep your documentations in line.

Testing The Plan

After you have sorted everything out, the last step is to test your disaster recovery plan to see how well it fares. Here you plan for the assumed and find out what was missed that can happen during a life-like test.


Once you have tested, you should try to retest to make sure things are going smoothly. Refine the plan for any errors and its documentations as well to come up with a solid solution thereon.

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Originally published at on November 15, 2016.