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Organization Cyber Disaster Recovery Plan Checklist

Calamity occurrence in any area, arising from natural or man-made causes, or by accident or negligence which results in substantial loss of asset or business, Flood: Any unplanned event that requires immediate redeployment of limited resources is defined as cyber Disaster Recovery Plan.

Types of Cyber Disaster:

Natural Forces:

  • Fire
  • Environmental Hazards
  • Flood / Water Damage
  • Extreme Weather

Technical Failure:

  • Power Outage
  • Equipment Failure
  • Network Failure
  • Software Failure

Human Interference:

  • Criminal Act
  • Human Error
  • Loss of Users
  • Explosions

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What is a Disaster Recovery Plan?

A management document for how and when to utilize resources needed to maintain selected functions when disrupted by agreed-upon incidents.

Other commonly used names:

  • Business Continuity Plan
  • Contingency Plans
  • Continuity Plans
  • Emergency Response Plans
  • Business Recovery Plans
  • Recovery Plans

When an incident occurs, the Disaster Recovery response activities are likely to be the following (at a high level).

cyber disaster

Types of Controls:

  • Integrity Controls
  • Confidentiality Controls
  • Availability Controls

Integrity Controls:

  • Policy
  • Methodology
  • Staffing
  • Education
  • Division of Responsibility
  • Audit
  • Error and Change Control
  • Reporting and Resolution
  • Test
  • Quality Assurance

Confidentiality Controls:

  • Proprietary Information Policy
  • Ethics Statement
  • “Need to Know”, “Need to Withhold”
  • Records Management
  • Handling Procedures
  • Physical & Electronic
  • Security Measures

Availability Controls:

  • Asset Identification
  • Controls Review
  • Impact Analysis
  • Data Backup
  • Off-site Storage
  • Avoidance Strategies
  • Mitigation Strategies
  • Early Detection & Notification
  • Recovery Strategies
  • Alternate Locations
  • Plans and Procedures
  • Vendor Relationships
  • Training
  • Testing

An Example of Disaster Recovery Team:

Case Study- The CFlood: Impact

  • One of the worst business disasters
  • 230 buildings lost power for a couple of days
  • Valuable government records were in jeopardy
  • Extensive impact on electrical and computing systems
  • The greatest financial impact on the CBOT, losing 25 billion in trading of 36 products

Case Study- The Chicago Flood: Disaster Recovery

  • Using Alternate Site Services approach
  • Providing the alternate site nearly identical to the customer’s damaged site
  • Implemented by Comdisco Continuity Service

Case Study- The Chicago Flood: Recovery Result

  • Helped 2 Chicago banks resume operation within hours of evacuation
  • 17 customers from the financial, brokerage, government and service/ distribution industries, were supported at their hot sites within half a day.

Case Study- The World Trade Center Explosion: Impact

  • Building-wide power outage
  • Structural damaged and employee trauma, Businesses were down
  • Water problem due to pipes was severed
  • Injured and Dead reports, the building was considered a crime scene

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Case Study- The World Trade Center Explosion: Recovery

  • Fiduciary Trust, a banking and financial institute’s Recovery Plan
  • The data center switched automatically to their secondary power system
  • Moved the operation to their alternate site in NJ which equipped with a computer network nearly identical to that of the bank

Case Study- The World Trade Center Explosion: Recovery Result

  • The system was down for Friday afternoon and was up and running by Monday morning as if nothing had happened
  • Employees retained their usual telephone numbers
  • Transactions went through the same as always
  • Customers couldn’t even detect that the bank was no longer operating from the World Trade Center.

Examples of Cyber Disaster Recovery Services:

Alternate Sites

  • Provide alternate site nearly identical to the customer’s damaged site

Business Impact Analysis

  • Provide services such as defining disaster plans and addressing exposures to business and recovery administrators


  • Provide services such as certifying qualified individuals in the discipline and promoting the credibility and professionalism of certified individuals

Education Classes

  • Creating a base of common knowledge for the business continuity/disaster recovery planning industry through education, assistance, and the promotion of international standards

On-Site Recovery Facilities

  • Manage the mobilization of an on-call response team, prepare a pre-designated site, erect temporary pre-engineered structures, install mechanical and electrical systems and coordinate move-in activities

Satellite Communication

  • Provide satellite telecommunications products and services.

The business continuity plan is a more proactive approach, as it describes how an organization can maintain operations during an emergency.

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