Disaster Recovery Plan
• Two and two do make four. Nature doesn’t ask your advice. She
isn’t interested in your preferences or whether or not you approve
of her laws. You must accept nature as she is with all the
consequences that that implies. “Fyodor Dostoyevsky”
• Disasters happen; whether you like it or not.
• For firms, the effects of a disaster can be vital and important.
• Firms’ Approach toward Disasters:
Suppressive approach: They don’t bother themselves by thinking about
Narcissistic approach: Disasters happen but not toward themselves
because they are very special and they are protected against such
Passive approach: The results and costs of disasters are out of their
Grandiose approach: They think that they are strong enough to cope with
it at occurrence time.
Realistic approach: Disasters happen and they can reduce its occurrence
probability and its costs.
• Only the last group invest their money, energy
and time toward lowering the probability of
occurring disasters and lowering its costs. In
other words, they invest on DRP.
What is DRP?
• A documented process or set of procedures to recover and protect a
business IT infrastructure in the event of a disaster
• Ordinarily documented in written form
• Recovery of technology data, assets, and facilities
• Objective: Minimize downtime and data loss
• The Disaster Recovery Institute International states that disaster
recovery is the area of business continuity that deals with
technology recovery as opposed to the recovery of business
• Minimizing decision-making during a disaster
• Providing a sense of security
• Minimizing risk of delays
• Guaranteeing the reliability of standby systems
• Lowering unnecessarily stressful work environment
Three Basic Questions
1. What is its objective and purpose?
2. Who will be the people or teams who will be responsible in case
any disruptions happen?
3. What will these people do when the disaster strikes?
What Kind of Disasters?
• events that are most likely to interfere with the company's
All businesses that depend on access to data and information
technology need to prepare the event of a server failure.
Firms located in Tehran, should consider earthquakes for their
Some Tips About DRP
• An effective recovery plan will list each possible type of problem and
specify the steps that should be taken in the event that disaster
• Communicating the DRP to everyone involved is very important.
Three Basic Strategies in DRP
• Preventive measures: will try to prevent a disaster from occurring.
• Detective measures: are taken to discover the presence of any
unwanted events within the IT infrastructure.
• Corrective measures: are aimed to restore a system after an
unwanted event takes place.
• If you want to start your own firm, it seems that it’s worth investing
• An overview of the Disaster Recovery Planning Process – From
Start to Finish, Chip Nickolett