Contingency planning plays a crucial part in business continuity. This is because it helps organizations to manage risk elements that occur within an enterprise. Contingency planning blends with disaster recovery, as it outlines different steps that are to be followed in order to help an organization recover from a disaster (Childs & Dietrich, 2002). This can be managed by trained personnel in various specialties.
The team could include a disaster recovery administrator, a coordinator and other team managers (Rothstein, 2007) such as the facilities, applications, and network managers. They oversee aspects of managing the recovery operations in the event of a catastrophe (Gregory & Rothstein, 2011).
The disaster recovery manager
He is vested with the responsibility of managing the whole coordination process and reports to the management.
The disaster recovery coordinator
He is in charge of coordinating all efforts during the recovery operations. He works under the supervision of the recovery manager and ensures that all departments work as expected.
The disaster recovery facilities manager
He is in charge of securing the organization during a disaster. She/he maintains the safety of organizational equipment, and ensures that the recovery of all items.
The disaster recovery network manager
She/he is in charge of overseeing the aspects of managing the enterprise-wide network. She/he restores the network to its optimum operation.
The disaster recovery applications manager
She/he is in charge of managing the recovery aspects of the applications in use within an organization.
Disaster recovery policy is a plan that directs an organization towards a course of action that conveys a set of instructions from the management to be followed on behalf of the organization (Whitman, Mattord & Green, 2014).
- The disaster recovery process should be guided by the respective coordinating offices
- There should be proper communication through the laid out channels and organizational numbers.
- The organizational sensitive data should be safeguarded by respective team members, and that backup of data be carried out.
- The organizational equipment should be safeguarded by the respective disaster recovery team members.
- The fire extinguishers should be changed twice annually to prevent gas leakage.
- There will be the need to observe the following procedures in the event of a disaster
- All employees need to assemble at a central point within the organization when the disaster occurs.
- The facility manger should ensure that the organization is safeguarded from external intrusions.
- All critical applications and systems should be safeguarded in order to prevent any damage from occurring.
- There should be proper communication to enhance awareness of the situation at every stage during the recovery process.
The above document elaborates the contents of a disaster recovery plan, its policies and procedures guiding its effective implementation. The document also outlines the various functional units within the organization, and the various personnel who are responsible for executing such as plan in the case of a disaster. The various functional units are vested with the responsibility of coordinating the response process, while at the same time reports to the management on the status of operations.
This document will help the employees to adhere to the various policies in order to help in executing a coordinated process during the event that a disaster occurs. However, the document needs evaluation due to changes that may occur within the organization.
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Rothstein, P. J. (2007). Disaster recovery testing: Exercising your contingency plan (2007 edition). Brookfield, Conn: Rothstein Associates.
Whitman, M. E., Mattord, H. J., & Green, A. (2014). Principles of incident response and disaster recovery. Boston, MA: Course Technology, Cengage Learning.