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Disaster Recovery
Introduction
What is Disaster Recovery Planning?
Developing a Disaster Recovery (DR) plan is part of the business continuity planning process and is defined as:
 
"The technology and telecommunication aspect of a business continuity plan. The advance planning and preparations necessary to restore IT infrastructure, minimize loss and ensure continuity of the critical business functions of an organization in the event of disaster or unplanned event." (Definition is from the Disaster Recovery Institute International (DRII) Statewide Business Continuity Policy and is included in the Oregon Statewide Business Continuity Planning Policy Directive)
 
Your agency's DR plan should relate to (and follow) your BCP. As you develop your BCP, you will identify your agency's critical business functions and determine the "Recovery Time Objective" (RTO) and "Recovery Point Objective" (RPO) for each function. (How quickly do these functions need to be restored following a crisis event?)
 
A BCP will address non-IT topics such as key personnel, facilities, and crisis communication. The DR plan should then deal with the IT piece - which applications, data, hardware, networking and other IT infrastructure are needed in order to restore the critical business functions within the identified timeframes?

What are agencies required to do?
 
The DAS Business Continuity Planning statewide policy (107-001-010) requires that Executive Branch agencies "complete a disaster recovery plan for the IT infrastructure that supports critical business functions" as part of the business continuity process. As we get closer to the end of the biennium, most of you are now working on the DR piece of the process. However, for most agencies, the staff working on disaster recovery are not the same as primary BCP staff. 
 
To help ensure that coordination is occurring, please identify a Disaster Recovery Sponsor and a Disaster Recovery Coordinator, just as you have identified a BCP sponsor and coordinator.

 
Disaster Recovery Resources
 
Although all agencies are required ot complete a DR component for their BCP, there is no standard DR template. The following documents are meant as resources only. Your organization may choose to follow the guidance documents or use your own.