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REVIEW: "Disaster Recovery Planning", Jon Toigo

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    BKDRPCCR.RVW 20021123 Disaster Recovery Planning , Jon Toigo, 1996, 0-471-12175-4 %A Jon Toigo %C 5353 Dundas Street West, 4th Floor, Etobicoke, ON
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      "Disaster Recovery Planning", Jon Toigo, 1996, 0-471-12175-4
      %A Jon Toigo
      %C 5353 Dundas Street West, 4th Floor, Etobicoke, ON M9B 6H8
      %D 1996
      %G 0-471-12175-4
      %I John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
      %O 416-236-4433 fax: 416-236-4448
      %O http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0471121754/robsladesinterne
      %P 329 p. + disk
      %T "Disaster Recovery Planning: For Computers and Communication

      The purpose of the book is stated to be a modular reference for
      professionals. In that regard, it succeeds, with a realistic
      approach, and helpful tools for the planner.

      Chapter one is a general introduction, with a sensible look at what
      disaster recovery planning (DRP) can do, and a useful section listing
      extra benefits of such a plan, which can be helpful in selling the
      idea to senior management. An overview of the planning project is
      given in chapter two, including an information flow diagram. The
      discussion stresses similarities and differences between disaster
      recovery planning and other types of projects. Each chapter from this
      point on ends with a summary of important concepts and a checklist of
      basic points for the project, and most contain a number of forms of
      benefit in gathering and analyzing information. A very detailed
      description of the preliminary steps for project initiation is
      provided in chapter three. Some of the material, such as sources of
      risk information, is US-centric, and the book is, understandably, not
      current with the latest types of risk analysis software. The itemized
      data collection forms in chapter four are very good, but limited
      attention is paid to a number of important "social" and political
      issues. Mention is made of the need for management buy-in, but the
      forms still ask dangerous questions, such as how many staff the
      manager can do without. Chapter five deals with risk analysis, and,
      while there is not much more information on the process than is
      contained in most such texts, there is a good analysis of the
      weaknesses of common approaches. Disaster prevention for facilities
      and infrastructures, in chapter six, has varying levels of detail, but
      it is generally superior to other works. Off-site storage
      considerations are discussed in chapter seven. Chapters eight and
      nine review systems and network recovery, and, while there is a good
      overview, the content is not up to the standard of previous material.
      End-user recovery, in chapter ten, looks at necessary facilities,
      supplies and services for personnel, an often overlooked requirement.

      Chapter eleven covers the presentation of the plan to management, and
      consists primarily of a checklist of items to include. Plan
      development, in chapter twelve, concentrates on the creation of
      detailed procedures and documentation, and possibly should have been
      included in some of the prior chapters. There is a vague and terse
      look at training in chapter thirteen. Chapter fourteen does a better
      job of considering testing, but is not necessarily than other works.

      It is disappointing that the good start to the book does not carry
      through to equal quality in the later chapters. However, despite gaps
      and some weaknesses, overall this book is possibly the best I have
      found on the disaster recovery and business continuity topics.

      copyright Robert M. Slade, 2002 BKDRPCCR.RVW 20021123

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