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Describe how a disaster can affect an organization or business

When disasters strike an organization, it is normal to experience devastating consequences both internally and externally. A business must assess all possible risks to the business and ensure to put in place proper defense mechanisms. Disasters in a business can be natural which matters include hurricanes, earthquakes, floods and such kind of natural calamities that hit a particular business. In a business, losses may include the departure of an efficient manager, breach of business contracts with partners and unexpected, unfair business undercutting. For larger organizations more accessible resources make it easier for recovery unlike in small businesses where operations may not be restored.

The second risk that an organization faces is on investment. A business will not be able to have the financial ability to invest in the business. Recovery process will therefore, be delayed. In some disasters, the business may not operate due to inaccessibility of the physical resources. The cure to this problem will be in the business ensuring that everything is doing well.

Recruits are another challenge the business faces from disasters. If a company has many different workers, it will be easier to deploy the for recovery services than when they are few. With the lack of resources, it will not be possible to recruit more workers and get the organization back to its feet. In summary, the business faces the possibility of risks and it is upon the very business to always ensure they assess risks, prepare for the disaster and have a plan with which they recover fast.

 

 

 

Describe one characteristic of a disaster recovery team member

Disaster recovery systems in different organizations around the globe have different ways in which they handle the different crisis that are faced with. The management of an organization needs to have different models of engagement where there will be good positioning for action. The disaster management recovery team leader should always have different characteristics that will either determine the viability of its recovery or the lack of. In the discussion below different characteristics of a disaster recovery team member will be discussed.

The first characteristic of the team member in a disaster recovery team is to be proactive in activation. To be proactive requires every team member to be dedicated to their job in the sense that they are able to initiate recovery efforts as and when they occur (De Jong, Kurt and Nicole, 1134). The team member must get all the support he requires from the senior management and team leaders for better work compliance.

Another characteristic that a disaster recovery team member is that they always understand their role well. If every team member understands the specifics of the jobs they are to carry out, then it is better to understand that disaster recovery missions will bear fruits. If a person understand their role in the different actualization of their goals, they will be rewarded with positive results. To finish with, disaster recovery team members are always in regular training where they get refresher courses in the different specialties that they are skilled in. in such a way there would be no problem of recovering from disaster in an organization.

 

 

 

Name a utility required by a data center. What events might occur to interrupt this utility?

One utility required by any data center is Nagios. Nagios is a capacity planning utility and infrastructural restructuring tool for the organization. Through an SMS platform, the utility in a data center ensures that all messages or emails are done in a manner that respects the very definition of an efficient operation system. Through different networking components, the very manner in which the utility sends alerts is what disaster recovery will call genius. In a complex IT environment for instance, it is important to look at the very ways in which different disasters can be responded to. If the organization does not have the necessary utility data centers, then any loss that risks the organization can be devastating to the organization.

Nagios is available for free download and the user only has to part with little fees for maintenance and support for use. One event that might occur top interrupt this utility is when there is no script input at the endpoint system. Should it happen that the script is incorrectly coded or malfunctions, then the utility will not be able to run efficiently. Secondly, where an organization does not maintain the utility, it will be interrupted. This will happen when a virus hits the system utility and it is on low maintenance. According to an article by Picks by IT Pros, power black outs and natural calamities may also affect the Nagios utility.

 

Discuss one aspect of Tier 1, 2, or 3.

Tier 1: Data backup with no hot site

Different organizations with Tier 1 continuity usually depend on the various ways in which continuity solutions interchange among each other. For instance, where old tapes are used, the tapes will be dispatched to different locations where storage is possible. If the duplicating process is involved, then it follows that a Solid File System is used (Software Aspects, Online). This capacity based utility ensures that all data is saved on one disk and there would be no problem where data will be corrupted. Since the data that is used is important to the working of the various discussions, then it is possible that everything will be done in an okay manner. Backups, keywords and passwords should at all time be treated with the level of security that the system in question risks. Data restoration as an option should also be considered as a channel of disaster recovery.

The replication of data has various advantages on an organization’s system. When data is replicated, there will be no need for internal restructuring and this will cause the system to be secured. Single record characteristics used for the above mechanism will always be made in a manner that takes care of the organization’s data. Under the So1FS frame work, it is now possible to make access to the organization’s data folders through different applications that might be done on different devices. It is in this way that Tier 1 data must be protected at all costs.

 

 

Discuss some recovery site options.

Disaster recovery in any organization must have different representations of how they would like to come up later on as a business. There are different site options that different organizations can use. These include; mobile sites, warm sites, cold sites and hot sites. There are specific roles that different these sites play. For hot sites, it is important to note that they play a part and parcel of the primary object of IT operation in the organization. All applications and data are usually duplicated in the hot site to ensure that the organization does not lose their basic data to disasters. The inclusion of software also ensure that the data is safe from intrusion in the different facets in which it operates.

The second site option that exists in disaster recovery is warm sites. This is a form a hot site but it lacks the ability to replicate the data and the system software of the primary system. One of the functions of a warm site is to give access to space for the different channels of operation in the organization (Singha, 2012). They also offer utilities and installation of back abilities. The major objective the warm sites have is to ensure that equipment important for disaster recovery. When a company has a downtime, warm sites will ensure that the system is not lost on the first and the second attempts.

The third site options include the generous application of cold sites. By definition, cold sites ensure that there is an activated plan in case there is any eventuality. For the use of cold sites, the organization will be making arrangements to set back on ground should any disaster appear. In most instances, the cold sites are usually ready to operate within a week.

 

Module 6 Discussion Question

Discuss documents that need to be included in recovery documentation

Recovery documentation should first include the instructions on how to recover in case there is a disaster. When the disaster recovery team has a strong instruction plan on what role the different individuals will play, it means that the road to recovery will be easier. The one documentation to be included in recovery documentation is the internal contact information. It will be easier to trace every member of staff that was working prior to the disaster. Additionally, the documentation should include external contact information. Having external contact information ensures that the organization will be ready to reach out to their different partners for business continuity.

Crucial documentation of the copies of contracts for the first, second and third business partner should be included. When this information is available, it will be possible to try recover any unpaid debts and ascertain any outstanding debts expenditure or contractual obligations (Omar, David, and Roosevelt, 127). Every disaster recovery plan will look at how the business is going to move forward from the unfortunate disasters that had hit. The chain of command in the organization is another important part of the disaster recovery plan. For instance, it will be prudent to ensure that the list of documentation has a list of all the responsible members in setting the ball rolling for the organization.

 

  1. Identify emergency situations that may occur during a recovery.

Every disaster has its own devastations that need to be addressed. Disaster recovery teams should be used to ensure that the recovery processed is assured. When the disaster recovery is ongoing, it is important to ensure that all resources for recovery will be advanced for the betterment of future operations. There is a risk for every recovery process to experience natural calamities. The supply of power in a building where the business is located may be affected which means that the recovery process will have to stall. In addition, it is important to consider accident. Accidents may occur in disaster recovery processes by deed of ensuring that all the supplies for recovery are destroyed, the company must ensure that they put in place all possible mechanisms to ensure that accident do not destroy all supplies needed for recovery from disasters.

One example of an emergency situation is where there is a storm or a hurricane. In the development of the DR process, the management of the company must ensure that they have other safe havens to keep their physical resources. Human resources should readily be available where different positions are filled with two people. In case one person absconds duty, the other worker will readily fill in the position. There are temporary emergencies such as compliance needs that different people have to handle before anything in the organization goes awry. In the discovery recovery efforts, the organization should make sure that they are having events that will put control measures and ensure smooth operations proceed.

Describe one to two different kinds of tests that can be performed for the Disaster

Recovery Plan.

One of the most crucial activities in disaster recovery is the conduction of tests. A successful disaster recovery plan must ensure that all the required factors have the adequate resources to conduct texts to ascertain the effectiveness of the plan. Coordination is an important undertaking that the members have to do to ensure that each department is working well. To conduct proper testing, a detailed checklist must be prepared to check on all the affected parts of the organization system. Losses must be evaluated on the good ideal of efficiency and capacity. All the activities to be identified in the most workable proportion must well identified for the better ranking of the different inceptions that will exist.

In the case of floods, all essential checklists must be detailed to the point in which the organization team members will be able to identify the different risks and how to deal with them. Another example stems from the fact that all the necessary departments have their ways in which they can conduct test. For the instance of the prevalence of storms the disaster recovery team members will need to contact the weather department to ensure that all premises are properly guarded and there will be no instances of failure because of storms. In summary the test from the weather and building department ensures that all players are in a position to recover in case of any disaster.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Assignment

Introduction to Disaster Recovery

Characteristics of Disaster Discovery Team Member

Disaster recovery systems in different organizations around the globe have different ways in which they handle the different crisis that are faced with. The management of an organization needs to have different models of engagement where there will be good positioning for action. The disaster management recovery team leader should always have different characteristics that will either determine the viability of its recovery or the lack of. In the discussion below different characteristics of a disaster recovery team member will be discussed. The team members must at all times make sure that everything is working out as planned.

The first characteristic of the team member in a disaster recovery team is to be proactive in activation. To be proactive requires every team member to be dedicated to their job in the sense that they are able to initiate recovery efforts as and when they occur (De Jong, Kurt and Nicole, 1134). The team member must get all the support he requires from the senior management and team leaders for better work compliance.

Another characteristic that a disaster recovery team member is that they always understand their role well. If every team member understands the specifics of the jobs they are to carry out, then it is better to understand that disaster recovery missions will bear fruits. If a person understand their role in the different actualization of their goals, they will be rewarded with positive results. To finish with, disaster recovery team members are always in regular training where they get refresher courses in the different specialties that they are skilled in. in such a way there would be no problem of recovering from disaster in an organization.

Discuss documents that need to be included in recovery documentation

Recovery documentation should first include the instructions on how to recover in case there is a disaster. When the disaster recovery team has a strong instruction plan on what role the different individuals will play, it means that the road to recovery will be easier. The one documentation to be included in recovery documentation is the internal contact information. It will be easier to trace every member of staff that was working prior to the disaster. Additionally, the documentation should include external contact information. Having external contact information ensures that the organization will be ready to reach out to their different partners for business continuity.

Crucial documentation of the copies of contracts for the first, second and third business partner should be included. When this information is available, it will be possible to try recover any unpaid debts and ascertain any outstanding debts expenditure or contractual obligations (Omar, David, and Roosevelt, 127). Every disaster recovery plan will look at how the business is going to move forward from the unfortunate disasters that had hit. The chain of command in the organization is another important part of the disaster recovery plan. For instance, it will be prudent to ensure that the list of documentation has a list of all the responsible members in setting the ball rolling for the organization.

 

  1. Identify emergency situations that may occur during a recovery.

Every disaster has its own devastations that need to be addressed. Disaster recovery teams should be used to ensure that the recovery processed is assured. When the disaster recovery is ongoing, it is important to ensure that all resources for recovery will be advanced for the betterment of future operations. There is a risk for every recovery process to experience natural calamities. The supply of power in a building where the business is located may be affected which means that the recovery process will have to stall. In addition, it is important to consider accident. Accidents may occur in disaster recovery processes by deed of ensuring that all the supplies for recovery are destroyed, the company must ensure that they put in place all possible mechanisms to ensure that accident do not destroy all supplies needed for recovery from disasters.

One example of an emergency situation is where there is a storm or a hurricane. In the development of the DR process, the management of the company must ensure that they have other safe havens to keep their physical resources. Human resources should readily be available where different positions are filled with two people. In case one person absconds duty, the other worker will readily fill in the position. There are temporary emergencies such as compliance needs that different people have to handle before anything in the organization goes awry. In the discovery recovery efforts, the organization should make sure that they are having events that will put control measures and ensure smooth operations proceed.

Describe one to two different kinds of tests that can be performed for the Disaster

Recovery Plan.

One of the most crucial activities in disaster recovery is the conduction of tests. A successful disaster recovery plan must ensure that all the required factors have the adequate resources to conduct texts to ascertain the effectiveness of the plan. Coordination is an important undertaking that the members have to do to ensure that each department is working well. To conduct proper testing, a detailed checklist must be prepared to check on all the affected parts of the organization system. Losses must be evaluated on the good ideal of efficiency and capacity. All the activities to be identified in the most workable proportion must well identified for the better ranking of the different inceptions that will exist.

In the case of floods, all essential checklists must be detailed to the point in which the organization team members will be able to identify the different risks and how to deal with them. Another example stems from the fact that all the necessary departments have their ways in which they can conduct test. For the instance of the prevalence of storms the disaster recovery team members will need to contact the weather department to ensure that all premises are properly guarded and there will be no instances of failure because of storms. In summary the test from the weather and building department ensures that all players are in a position to recover in case of any disaster.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

References

De Jong, A., Kurt T. D, & Nicole G. (2016). Trust and team performance: A meta-analysis of main effects, moderators, and covariates. Journal of Applied Psychology101.8 at pp. 1134.

Must-have data center utilities: Picks by IT pros. (2017). Retrieved from computerworld: http://www.computerworld.com/article/2509180/data-center/must-have-data-center-utilities–picks-by-it-pros.html?page=2

Omar, A, David A, & Roosevelt Mason. (2011). Information technology disaster recovery plan: Case study. Academy of Strategic Management Journal 10.2 at pp. 127.

Singha, R. (2012). A multi-site disaster recovery solution based on ip storage networking. International Conference on Information and Computer Networks. Vol. 27. 2012.

Vitez, O. (2016). The effects of disaster on large vs. Small businesses. Small Business Chron. Retrieved from http://smallbusiness.chron.com/affects-disaster-large-vs-small-businesses-881.html

Wallace, Michael and Weber, Lawrence. The Disaster Recovery Handbook: A Step-by-Step Plan to Ensure Business Continuity and Protect Vital Operations, Facilities, and Assets. (2011). American Management Association, NY. ISBN: 978-0-8144-1613-6.

Wells, April; Walker, Timothy; Walker, Charlyne; Abarca, David. Disaster Recovery Principles and Practices. (2007). Pearson Prentice Hall. ISBN: 978-0-13-171127-3. http://campbellsville.bncollege.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/BNCBHomePage?storeId=42563 &catalogId=10001&langId=-1

 

 

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