DRP versus BCP
Disaster Recovery Plan
The Disaster Recovery Plan or DRP is a test of a system back up procedures and practice. DRP is something that is rehearsed before a disaster happens in order to prepare for an event that might leave a company crippled or without a service. In the event something should happen to a company such as an internet connection going down, the crash of a server, or loss of power it is important to what to do in the event of an emergency. Loss of any one of these system could cause a company loss of revenue.
DRP needed to be practiced, rehearsed many times periodically to assure that everyone involved knows what to do. Practice makes perfect, the more ...view middle of the document...
* Simulations – Much like the fire drill we all did in school every so often, a simulation is to practice the steps as if it were actually happening.
* Checklists – If you’ve ever seen a mechanic walk around a car with a clip board they were preforming a checklist. It’s a list of items that need to be checked to make sure they work.
* Parallel testing – The process of testing a newer or backup system in conjunction with the current system being fully operational. In this scenario both are running simultaneously.
* Full interruption – The ultimate test of proof. The system is shut down as if a disaster had occurred and the DRP is put into effect. If it works the system passes, if it doesn’t then it fails.
Business continuity planning
Business Continuity Plan or BCP and DRP have a lot in common. They are both intended to help a company face an emergency and are intended to help prevent loss of revenue. The difference is that the DRP is done before the disaster occurs. The BCP is implemented after the disaster to help restore the business if only temporarily until a more permanent solution can be put into action.
The process of the BCP is to allocate which departments are most important to least important. This gives the company an idea on what to focus on first, and then everything is allocated a timeline for restoration. It will address how the company will run when faced with a disaster.
The plan for example might say something along the lines of: In the event the Florida office becomes flooded the company will temporarily relocate to the backup facility in...