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REVIEW: "A Primer for Disaster Recovery Planning in an IT Environment", Charlotte J. Hiatt

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    BKPDRPIT.RVW 20060823 A Primer for Disaster Recovery Planning in an IT Environment , Charlotte J. Hiatt, 2000, 1-878-28981-0 %A Charlotte J. Hiatt %C
    Message 1 of 1 , Oct 6, 2006
      BKPDRPIT.RVW 20060823

      "A Primer for Disaster Recovery Planning in an IT Environment",
      Charlotte J. Hiatt, 2000, 1-878-28981-0
      %A Charlotte J. Hiatt
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      %D 2000
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      %P 276 p.
      %T "A Primer for Disaster Recovery Planning in an IT Environment"

      It is interesting to note that the introduction says nothing about the
      purpose of the book (and does suggest that those planning for disaster
      recovery can benefit from bringing in consultants).

      There are several oddities in this work. The chapters are not
      numbered, and most are very short. The Appendices (mostly forms) are
      longer than the text of the book itself.

      The chapters cover topics such as a definition of a disaster (which
      doesn't define so much as lay out categories), examples of disasters,
      statistics supporting the need for disaster planning, a recommendation
      to obtain management support, a terse list of the composition of the
      planning team, desirable characteristics of the team coordinator, risk
      and business impact analysis (good as far as it goes, but fairly
      standard), options for offsite data storage, and system recovery
      options. The book suggests evaluating alternatives for plan
      development (including the aforementioned consultants) and defining
      the assumptions and limits of the strategy. (The components that go
      into the written plan gets more space than the procedures for
      emergency response.) Emergency management, disaster recovery teams, a
      notification directory, emergency operations centre, training,
      testing, maintenance, invocation, and media management all get
      relatively brief overviews. The book also lists other resources and

      While the material is fundamentally sound, it is neither extensive nor
      particularly related to information technology as such. Details of
      options and alternatives are scant. This is certainly a worthwhile
      reference as a reminder for anyone involved in disaster recovery
      planning, and as a guide for the process. For those dealing
      specifically with contingency plans for computer system operations,
      additional resources will be required.

      copyright Robert M. Slade, 2006 BKPDRPIT.RVW 20060823

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