Course Overview

This course provides an insight into the world of Information Technology Disaster Recovery (IT DR). Whilst its vital links with Business Continuity Management (BCM) are acknowledged, this is not intended to be a substitute for a BCM course.

If you are interested in arranging this course for your workplace call:
UK 01253 542650
Rest of world +44 1253 542650

What's included?

  • Course slides and notes
  • Lunch and refreshments
  • Certificate of attendance
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Details & Programme

IT Disaster Recovery is the part of Business Continuity that specialises in responding to serious operational disruptions resulting from IT failures. This course takes delegates through the IT DR Plan lifecycle from understanding the key business drivers, examining the various strategic options available that determine the shape of the IT DR Plan, through to ensuring that a completed plan is fit-for-purpose.

Day 1

StartFinishSubject Area
09301100IT Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity Standards (ISO 27031 and ISO 22301)
11151230Risk Assessment and Business Impact Analysis: RTO. RPO, MTO, MASL
13301500Overview of the Storage solutions, Replication technology, High availability configurations
15151600Backup and recovery strategies: In-house, Outsourced and Cloud
16001700Review of Day 1

Please note timings are indicative as the exact timings for each day may change due to students interest and experience in certain subjects. The course may finish earlier than 5.00pm if all topics have been covered.

Day 2

StartFinishSubject Area
09000910Review of Day 1
09101100Work Area Recovery (WAR)
11151230Writing and Implementing your IT Disaster Recovery Plan
13301500DR team structure, Emergency communication, Incident Management
15151600Validating your IT Disaster Recovery Plan
16001700Course Review

Please note timings are indicative as the exact timings for each day may change due to students interest and experience in certain subjects. The course may finish earlier than 5.00pm if all topics have been covered.

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Course Benefits

By the end of the sessions you will be able to:

  • Understand the importance of the relationship between business continuity management and IT DR
  • Identify the business drivers that provide the critical direction for IT DR solutions
  • Describe how to address any gaps that exist between ‘what the business expects from IT’ compared with ‘what IT is capable of delivering’
  • Define the various IT DR strategies that can be adopted
  • Understand the pros and cons of In-House, Outsourced and Cloud based IT DR solution
  • Describe the various data backup / retrieval processes and mechanisms
  • Appreciate the importance of IT’s role in recovering the desktop facilities for business work areas
  • Understand how an IT DR plan is constructed and define what’s in and what’s out
  • Recognise the importance of validating your IT DR plan and identify the different methods of approach

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Who Should Attend?

  • Experienced Business Continuity practitioners who are looking for an understanding of how IT Disaster Recovery plans are developed to support the overarching business requirements
  • Data Centre managers with IT DR responsibilities
  • Crisis Management team members needing to understand how the IT DR plan interfaces with enterprise wide crisis / incident management
  • Information Technology practitioners who need a good appreciation of the mechanics of IT Disaster Recovery
  • Auditors who may be called upon to scrutinise IT DR plans
  • Risk Managers intent on understanding how IT departments DR plans are prepared in response to serious IT failure related risk
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In-house Options

Please contact the BC Training team on 01253 542650 or email, should you wish to discuss options for delivering this course in-house at your organisation.

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