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BS7799/PD0013/Etc
Disaster Recovery Planning
Business Continuity


That disaster recovery planning and business continuity does not have its own devoted international standard is one of life's mysteries. It is an essential pre-requisite to good business practices and is undertaken as a matter of due diligence in most sectors of government, industry and trade.

There may be no specific standard, but disaster recovery and business continuity planning is certainly covered in many others:


BS7799 / ISO 17799 / PD0013 / Etc
The most specific coverage of disaster recovery planning is within the information security standard, BS7799/ISO17799. Within here, a full section is devoted to business continuity management. This embraces the whole planning process, from impact analysis to the testing of the finished plan.

The other identified document published by a standards organization is known as PD 0013. Although it is not astandard, it does provide guidance on prevention planning and the action to take if an organization does suffer loss. It focuses particularly on the topic from a records management perspective.


WHERE TO OBTAIN THE STANDARD
BS7799 / ISO17799 can be obtained in download form from HERE


SUPPORTING TOOLS & PRODUCTS
The many tools and products in the market to support disaster recovery planning. However, perhaps the most effective is one of the most simple. The BCP Generator is essentially a pair of interactive MS-Word documents. The first is a guide to take you through the planning exercise. The second is a template, which you will populate to create your plan. A very simple concept but extremely well executed.



NOTE: Since this article was written, a new standard, BS 25999 is started to emerge. We will document this in due course.



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