The Disaster Recovery Handbook: A Step-by-Step Plan to Ensure Business Continuity and Protect Vital Operations, Facilities, and Assets

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Without careful planning, organizations often do not survive major interruptions in the operation of their business. The "Disaster Recovery Handbook" gives readers proven processes and techniques to develop a disaster recovery plan and protect their organization in the face of extraordinary circumstances. Featuring a CD-ROM with templates for a project plan, contact database, risk assessment scoresheets, and more, the book gives detailed instructions for assembling a recovery team, building an interim plan, setting up an emergency operations center and recovering vital records.

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"It takes careful planning to ensure that a disaster of any type—whether the result of fire, an electrical outage, a major computer virus, or even terrorism—does not result in a prolonged service interruption that could affect your business for years to come. By creating a proactive disaster recovery program, you can keep your people, inventory, and resources safe and secure.

The Disaster Recovery Handbook is a comprehensive reference to help your business survive any kind of major disruption, giving you the tools you need to protect your organization in the event of extraordinary circumstances.

Filled with practical solutions and ready-to-use tools, the book provides detailed instructions for:

* Assessing risk

* Assembling a disaster recovery team

* Building an interim plan for immediate protection

* Setting up an emergency operations center

* Clearly documenting recovery procedures

* Testing and debugging the plan to make sure it works

* Ensuring the health and physical safety of your people

* Recovering vital records

* Protecting your material resources

Featuring a special CD-ROM with templates for process and skill matrices, contact databases, risk-assessment score sheets, and more, the book helps you consider every factor you need to include in your recovery operations. From facilities operations to telecommunications, computer networks to customer needs, the book gives you the forms and lists you need to ensure that everything is accounted for so that you can properly achieve containment.

The only defense against the unexpected is to be sure that you're properly prepared. The Disaster Recovery Handbook gives you everything you need to keep your organization running as smoothly as possible after any kind of disaster.

In the event of an emergency, does your business have a recovery system in place? What happens if the power goes out? Do your people know how to get out of the building or where to look for information? What procedures have you already instituted to backup your company-wide and personnel data? Do you know what to do to recover from the loss of your material resources?

The Disaster Recovery Handbook answers all these questions for you, giving you all the tools you need to establish a complete disaster recovery plan. You'll learn how to assemble a recovery team, set up an emergency operations center, and put your entire set of procedures in writing, protecting your business before the fact to safeguard against what could otherwise become an unrecoverable situation.

You'll learn how to create a system for backing up all your vital electronic and physical information such as invoices, checks, inventory levels, and receipts, and keep your customers from being left out in the cold as you regroup in the wake of any unexpected circumstance. You'll also find all the information you need to help your Human Resources department get a handle on the ""people"" side of any emergency. The book takes into consideration every possible type of disaster, and gives you the practical solutions you need to protect your people and your resources.

Including a special CD-ROM packed with critical templates, The Disaster Recovery Handbook is a vital resource for keeping your organization in business -- no matter what."

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Katrina, 9/11, and the BP oil spill are the kinds of deep-impact disasters that every company dreads. But even everyday threats—a roof collapsing, a computer network failing, a gas truck toppling over on the highway and shutting down distribution lines—can seriously disrupt operations, sometimes permanently.

Disaster preparation isn’t a “nice-to-have”; it’s an imperative. The Disaster Recovery Handbook is your all-in-one toolkit for surviving any potential danger by building a comprehensive recovery plan that spells out exactly what to do, when, and by whom. With a practical, reality-based focus, the book emphasizes getting critical business functions up and running as quickly as possible, and supplies step-by-step instructions and project management tools for making it happen. You’ll find guidelines on how to:

· Gather a top-notch team of knowledgeable coworkers, and clarify both the scope of the project and specific tasks and deadlines.

· Identify all of the probable threats that could disrupt your business, and use that information to create a complete risk assessment picture that pinpoints vulnerabilities.

· Select a recovery strategy for quickly restoring vital business functions to a serviceable level, a step that vastly reduces the risk of catastrophe shutting down your doors.

· Write a clear, complete recovery plan for your organization—or customize one of the four plans supplied on the accompanying CD.

· Prepare instructions for salvaging a crippled IT system, or any vital technical function—from restoring a single piece of machinery to maintaining a customer service call center during a disaster.

· Safeguard your irreplaceable data, which can be lost or compromised from factors such as server failures, fire, user errors, or a security breach.

· Plus much more.

All-new chapters provide an overview of project management essentials to ensure your plan is a success, guidelines for effective communication in the early stages of a disaster, instructions on writing disaster recovery plans for every vital business function, tips for mitigating the effect of widespread pandemic, and more.

Packed with forms and checklists on the companion CD, helpful “what to do” sidebars, and recommended strategies for specific scenarios, the second edition of The Disaster Recovery Handbook is your one-stop guide for both avoiding potential trouble and recovering quickly when disaster strikes.

Michael Wallace is vice president of consulting services at Result Data, an IT strategy, business intelligence, and disaster recovery consulting firm. He has 25 years of experience in information systems, including positions as programmer at Reynolds & Reynolds, and president of Q Consulting. He is a member of the Contingency Planners of Ohio and the Project Management Institute.

Lawrence Webber is a Certified Project Manager (CPM) and a Master Business Continuity Professional (MBCP). He has held a variety of positions in the information services field for more than 25 years.

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