Business Continuity & Disaster Recovery

The creation of a Business Continuity Plan (BCP) and Disaster Recovery Plan (DRP) are the first steps in resuming services after a disabling attack. Cygnos has helped many clients develop effective, tested strategies to recover mission-critical services, and we can help you.

Our approach to BCP/DRP is based on proven methodologies and years of applied expertise in critical production environments. We work closely with you to identify mission-critical applications and resources, understand your business practices, and train your staff on executing a recovery.

We use components of the Capability Maturity Model (CMM), and Information Security's Assessment Method (IAM), in developing your recovery plan. We adapt these formal approaches based on your needs and our expertise in applied computing, to create a plan that really works.

We recognize that a BCP/DRP is not effective unless it can be integrated successfully. We understand that change, configuration, and problem management are fundamental to a successful Disaster Recovery plan. We adopt best practices based on ITIL and our clients' existing IT practices. All recovery plans are tested and finalized with a recovery exercise, including a structured walkthrough and dry-run of a business resumption.

The end result? You will understand what is critical, and how to respond in the event of failure (fail-over, rebuild or recover). You will know your response plan works, and have the tools necessary to maintain and update it independently.

Scope & Plan Initiation includes:

  • Identification of mission-critical assets for BCP/DRP; and
  • Roles & Responsibilities (Management, recovery team, salvage team).

Business Impact Assessment includes:

  • Information Gathering;
  • Prioritization of components;
  • Down-time estimations, including maximum tolerances; and
  • Human Resource requirements.

Vulnerability Assessment includes:

  • Analysis of mission-critical assets; and
  • Resource Requirements

Analyses & Architecture includes:

  • Cost/benefits;
  • Review of options (Mutual Aid, hot, warm or cold-sites, multiple centers, etc);
  • Cross-training; and
  • Disaster Recovery architecture, per mission-critical system

Disaster Recovery Plan Development includes:

  • Systems Architecture, per mission-critical system;
  • Systems Design; and
  • Systems Testing.

Plan Approval and Implementation includes:

  • Checklist and Structured Walk-through; and Operational Testing.


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