Disaster Recovery Planning
Definition: 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)
A business continuity plan (BCP) addresses non-IT topics such as key personnel, facilities, and crisis communication. The DR plan should then deal with the IT aspect – which applications, data, hardware, networking and other IT infrastructure are needed in order to restore the critical business functions within the identified timeframes.
Agency DR plans should relate to to their BCP. As the BCP is developed, critical business functions are identified and “Recovery Time Objective” (RTO) and “Recovery Point Objective” (RPO) for each function are determined.
Requirement for Agencies
The DAS policy 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. Please refer to this policy at:
107-001-010 Statewide Business Continuity Planning Policy, (pdf)
ETS Role in Disaster Recovery
Working with agencies dependent on ETS for IT support to determine how quickly those agencies need to have services restored.
Coordinating with agencies and vendors to provide a menu of costs for recovery services.
Working with all agencies with network infrastructure housed at the State Data Center to determine how this infrastructure will be restored following an event.
Disaster Recovery Resources
There is no standard DR template and the following documents are meant as resources only. Agencies may choose to follow the guidance documents or use their own.
NASCIO Disaster Recovery Planning Toolkit (pdf)
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) - Disaster Recovery Planning Guide (pdf)