REVIEW: "Guide to Disaster Recovery", Michael Erbschloe
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"Guide to Disaster Recovery", Michael Erbschloe, 2003, 0-619-13122-5,
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%T "Guide to Disaster Recovery"
Chapter one suggests that disaster recovery plans are important, and
outlines a minimal structure, supported by some trivial illustrations.
The list of personnel and roles for disaster planning is expanded in
chapter two. Random ideas on risk assessment, as well as twenty-five
pages of forms, are listed in chapter three. Chapter four raises
various concerns to be addressed in priorizing recovery--and
reproduces a number of additional forms. There are a number of
points, in chapter five, that would be worth considering when
preparing a disaster plan, but not all are essential, and there is not
a clear plan to follow in order to avoid leaving gaps in your
procedures. Communications with outside entities, primarily
suppliers, is discussed in chapter six. Chapter seven is a melange of
miscellaneous topics roughly related to incident response and
cyberattacks. Various special situations, products, and businesses
are touched on in chapter eight. The implementation factors
considered in chapter nine are mostly to do with training. Chapter
ten's review of testing gives us more forms and tables. Diverse
factors that should be contemplated in regard to maintenance are
raised in chapter eleven. Chapter twelve finishes off with assorted
stories, that might possibly be related to the idea of followup.
The core of the material presented in this book is quite limited, and
could have been stated in a much smaller work. The illustrations and
charts serve primarily to pad out the length of the work, and the
excessive verbiage is probably for the same purpose. In comparison to
a volume such as Toigo's "Disaster Recovery Planning" (cf.
BKDIREPL.RVW), this text is bloated and of only limited utility.
copyright Robert M. Slade, 2004 BKGDDIRE.RVW 20041220
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sauna for an hour and a half. It was all clear. I listened to my
heart and saw if there were any signs of my destiny in the sky,
and there were none - there were just snowflakes.
- Pierre Elliott Trudeau recounting a `walk in the
snow' at a news conference announcing his resignation, Feb. 29, 1984
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