Contingency Planning

Overview
  • Contingency Planning

IT systems are vulnerable to a variety of disruptions, ranging from mild (short-term power outage or disk drive failure) to severe (equipment destruction or fire) from a variety of sources such as natural disasters to terrorists actions. While much vulnerability may be minimized or eliminated through technical, management, or operational solutions as part of the organization’s risk management effort, it is virtually impossible to completely eliminate all risks. In many cases, critical resources may reside outside the organization’s control (such as electric power or telecommunications), and the organization may be unable to ensure their availability. Thus effective contingency planning, execution, and testing are essential to mitigate the risk of system and service unavailability. 

 

Instruction, recommendations, and considerations for IT contingency planning.

Disaster Recovery & Continuity Planning (IT Contingency Planning) refers to interim measures to recover IT services following an emergency or system disruption. Interim measures may include the relocation of IT systems and operations to an alternate site, the recovery of IT functions using alternate equipment, or the performance of IT functions using manual methods. 


The American National Institute of Standards and Technology has issued the special publication "Contingency Planning Guide for Information Technology Systems" intended for use by government institutions. Our team methodology has used this guide complemented by "COBRA" software tool to develop Disaster Recovery and Continuity Plans.


The most important key to ensuring success is to rely upon a fully competent IT partner to take in charge this mandate. We believe that our team will be the best partner to undertake this mandate.


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