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Disaster Recovery Planning: Ensuring Business Continuity



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4 Days


About This Course: Organisations are under the constant risk of business disruption from internal and external threats, which may lead to suspension of mission-critical processes. In this course you learn how to implement a Business Continuity Management System to improve organizstional resilience.

You Will Learn How To

  • Implement a Business Continuity Management System (BCMS)
  • Set BCM in the organisational context
  • Perform Business Impact Analysis (BIA) to identify business priorities
  • Identify and respond to risk
  • Coordinate the response following an incident
  • Test, maintain and improve the BCMS

Course Outline

  • Introduction and Overview
  • Business continuity vs. disaster recovery
  • Clarifying the terminology
  • Why a recovery plan is a crucial asset
  • Sources of threat
  • Codes of practice and legislative requirements
  • Measuring Risk and Avoiding Disaster

Assessing risk in the enterprise

  • Choosing the assessment method
  • The five-step risk process
  • Matching the response to the threat

Identifying mission-critical continuity needs

  • Evaluating which functions are critical
  • Setting priorities based on time horizons
  • Prioritising processes and applications

Implementing disaster avoidance

  • Avoiding disasters by taking preventative actions
  • Creating contingency plans for unavoidable threats

The four-step Business Impact Assessment (BIA)

  • Identifying the threat
  • Assessing the risk to the enterprise
  • Identifying business-critical activities
  • Specifying required IT support from technical staff
  • Designing Recovery Solutions

Establishing a disaster recovery site

  • Site choices: configuration and acquisition
  • Choosing suppliers: in-house vs. third-party
  • Specifying equipment

Selecting backup and restore strategies

  • Matching strategy to operational constraints
  • Meeting the organisation's storage requirements for vital records

Restoring communications and recovering users

  • Determining vital users with the BIA
  • Rerouting voice, mail, goods delivery
  • Eliminating network single points of failure
  • Connecting end users
  • Meeting varied user-recovery needs
  • Implementing a Project Management Approach

Managing and documenting the planning project

  • Identifying stakeholders
  • Analysing stakeholder needs
  • Obtaining the funding commitments
  • Defining clear goals at the start
  • Agreeing on critical success factors

Running the project

  • Controlling the project via tracking
  • Managing risks and issues
  • Testing deliverables
  • Responding to Disaster

Creating the recovery plan

  • Capturing the planning output
  • Creating recovery-team charters
  • Defining roles and responsibilities
  • Responding to recovery scenarios
  • Information directories and equipment inventories

Directing the disaster recovery teams

  • Setting up the command centre
  • Planning and conducting Crisis Communications
  • Connecting with emergency services
  • Team actions following a disaster
  • Assuring the Plan and Applying Document Management

Rehearsing the business continuity plan

  • The reasons for testing the plan
  • Considering the impact on the organisation's activities
  • Using a step-by-step process to test the plan
  • Developing test scenarios and using test results effectively
  • Building a recovery plan based on best practices

Maintaining the business continuity plan

  • Applying change control: why and how
  • Ensuring normal developments are accounted for
  • Scheduling regular reviews
  • Applying document management discipline to the plan
  • Considering automated tools to support the business continuity plan
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Course Schedule

Attend this live, instructor-led course In-Class or Online via AnyWare.

Hassle-Free Enrolment: No advance payment required.
Tuition Fee due 30 days after your course.

31 Jan - 3 Feb London/AnyWare Enrol Now

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27 - 30 Jun London Enrol Now

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AFTERNOON START: Attend these live courses online via Anyware scheduled 2 PM - 9:30 PM BST

19 - 22 Dec Herndon, VA/AnyWare Enrol Now

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Live, Online via AnyWare

2 - 5 May Rockville, MD/AnyWare Enrol Now

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Live, Online via AnyWare

22 - 25 Aug Rockville, MD/AnyWare Enrol Now

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Bring this Course to Your Organization and Train Your Entire Team
For more information, call 0800 282 353 or click here

Tuition Fee



Course Tuition Fee Includes:

After-Course Instructor Coaching
When you return to work, you are entitled to schedule a free coaching session with your instructor for help and guidance as you apply your new skills.

Free Course Exam
You can take your course exam on the last day of your course and receive a Certificate of Achievement with the designation "Awarded with Distinction."



Call 0800 282 353 or click here »

An experienced training advisor will happily answer any questions you may have and alert you to any tuition fee savings to
which you or your organisation may be entitled.

Training Hours

Standard class hours:
9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Last day class hours:
9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Free Course Exam – Last Day:
3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Each class day:
Informal discussion with instructor about your projects or areas of special interest
4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

AFTERNOON START class hours:
2:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Last day class hours:
2:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Free Course Exam – Last Day:
8:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Each class day:
Informal discussion with instructor about your projects or areas of special interest
9:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.

Enhance Your Credentials with Professional Certification

Learning Tree's comprehensive training and exam preparation guarantees that you will gain the knowledge and confidence to achieve professional certification and advance your career.

This course is approved by CompTIA for continuing education units (CEUs). For additional information and to confirm which courses are eligible towards your CompTIA certification, click here.

Earn 23 PDUs

PMI, the Registered Education Provider logo, PMP, CAPM, PMI-ACP,
and PMBOK are marks of the Project Management Institute, Inc.

This course is approved by PMI® for 23 professional development units (PDUs). For more on the Project Management Institute and a full list of courses approved for PDUs.

Technical : 15 PDUs
Leadership : 6 PDUs
Business & Strategic : 2 PDUs

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“The course on disaster recovery was excellent, informative and entertaining. I have been using the evaluation approaches to design a new backup system for my organisation”.

- B. Layton, IT Specialist
Virginia Poultry Growers Cooperative