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IT/DR Workshop


IT/DR Workshop



Duration: 2 full days of instruction (8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.)

16 continuing Education Activity Points (CEAPs) may be awarded towards recertification if applicable

Cost: $995.00








1. Understanding the business continuity management (BCM) architecture and disciplines
2. Learning the role of IT/DR within business continuity management
3. Recognizing issues involved with recovery of technology platforms and data
4. Evaluating current and new IT/DR technologies (real, virtual, cloud, co-location, hyperconvergence, VDI, "as-a-Service" - IaaS/PaaS/SaaS/ etc., and "Software Defined" - storage/network/data center)
5. Selecting strategic alternatives for the IT/DR process
6. Building, testing, and implementing the new IT/DR process
7. Integrating the business continuity management and IT/DR functions within your entity


Introduction: IT/DR Planning with New DR Technologies
- Definition of IT/DR Terms
- IT/DR planning with new DR technologies
- Why we create IT/DR plans
- IT/DR technologies the participant will learn
- Single and multiple site problems

Module 1: How to create an IT/DR Project Plan and gain Leadership Approval
- Understand the DR professional’s role
- Establish the need for IT/DR, based on issues, goals, and objectives
- Review new IT/DR strategies and building project plans
- Learn how to obtain management approval and funding for IT/DR
- Implementation and support
- Organize IT/DR projects by formulating goals and objectives
- Define deliverables and assign resources to tasks via project plan
- Integrate IT/DR process within the business continuity management (BCM) process

Module 2: Risk Assessment (RA) and Business Impact Analysis (BIA)
- Understand the DR professional’s role
- Describe what a risk assessment (RA) and business impact analysis
- (BIA) is and its importance to the DR process
- Identify business requirements and their interdependencies on
- Information Technology
- Be aware of regulatory requirements and recovery needs
- Define Recovery Objectives (RTO/RPO /RTC)
- Categorize applications into Tiers, by criticality
- Prioritize applications, servers and systems by RTO and RPO
- Define upgrades needed to obtain RTO/RPO objectives
- Class exercise: Develop a BIA subset document specifically for IT

Module 3: Selecting an IT/DR Strategy (Filling the Gap)
- Understand the DR professional’s role
- Know what affects IT/DR and how to prepare and respond to it
- Define the terms associated with developing and implementing IT disaster recovery strategies
- Describe the methods used in developing and implementing IT disaster recovery strategies with current and new technologies
- Develop a plan to implement and support IT/DR with the new technologies
- Complete the exercise at the end of this lesson
- Class Exercise: Develop an IT strategies document

Module 4: Developing IT/DR plans
- Develop and implement an IT/DR recovery plan for a range of environments
- Class Exercise: Develop an IT/DR plan

Module 5: Intro to New IT/DR Technologies and How They Impact IT/DR Recovery Times
- Understand the evolving DR professional’s role
- Understand the new IT/DR Technologies and how they impact IT/DR
- Recovery times and costs
- Identify the need for IT/DR and BCM and how the new DR technologies can be employed to improve disaster recovery times and business continuity management
- Obtain knowledge of future business continuity and IT/DR recovery industry direction
- Learn about information security and risk management in the virtual and cloud environments
- Learn how to obtain leadership approval for defined IT/DR deliverables and time schedules
- Develop recovery teams and organizational structure
- Organize DR projects by formulating tasks and milestones leading to implementing DR plans
- Define DR monitoring, activation, and status reporting requirements
- Optimize Recovery Times in accordance to RTO, RPO, and SLAs
- Class Exercise: Define a recovery technique, formulate a recovery planning strategy and provide a cost/benefit analysis.