Disaster Recovery Planning


The Disaster Recovery Guide is intended to be a launch pad for those seeking help with the business continuity planning process. It offers information, guidance, tips, and links to a range of resources.

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Risk Assessment
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Impact and Risk Assessment
A major part of the disaster recovery planning process is the assessment of the potential risks to the organization which could result in the disasters or emergency situations themselves. It is necessary to consider all the possible incident types, as well as and the impact each may have on the organisation's ability to continue to deliver its normal business services.

This can be complex and demanding. To assist in this area therefore there are a number of tools available. The most widely known of these is COBRA, which employs a method aligned to various international standards.

The science of risk assessment is currently beyond the scope of this portal, but hopefully the information presented below may give you some insight into this task and some guidance in terms of what is included.

Part of the risk process is to review the types of disruptive events that can affect the normal running of the organization.

There are many potential disruptive events and the impact and probability level must be assessed to give a sound basis for progress. To assist with this process the following list of potential events has been produced:

    Environmental Disasters
    • Tornado
    • Hurricane
    • Flood
    • Snowstorm
    • Drought
    • Earthquake
    • Electrical storms
    • Fire
    • Subsidence and Landslides
    • Freezing Conditions
    • Contamination and Environmental Hazards
    • Epidemic

    Organised and / or Deliberate Disruption

    • Act of terrorism
    • Act of Sabotage
    • Act of war
    • Theft
    • Arson
    • Labour Disputes / Industrial Action

    Loss of Utilities and Services

    • Electrical power failure
    • Loss of gas supply
    • Loss of water supply
    • Petroleum and oil shortage
    • Communications services breakdown
    • Loss of drainage / waste removal

    Equipment or System Failure

    • Internal power failure
    • Air conditioning failure
    • Production line failure
    • Cooling plant failure
    • Equipment failure (excluding IT hardware)

    Serious Information Security Incidents

    • Cyber crime
    • Loss of records or data
    • Disclosure of sensitive information
    • IT system failure

    Other Emergency Situations

    • Workplace violence
    • Public transportation disruption
    • Neighbourhood hazard
    • Health and Safety Regulations
    • Employee morale
    • Mergers and acquisitions
    • Negative publicity
    • Legal problems

Although not a complete list, it does give a good idea of the wide variety of potential threats.


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