Recovery and Response Plans
No matter how well-developed an organization’s security prevention is, eventually an incident will occur. Having recovery and response plans means that your organization is ready for an incident when it comes. So how can we prepare ourselves for the inevitable?
There are three types of plans that can help organizations recover quickly from incidents.
Business Continuity Plans
A business continuity plan (BCP) is a document that consists of the critical information an organization needs to continue operating during an unplanned event. Business continuity focuses on keeping business operational during a disaster.
Disaster Recovery Plans
A disaster recovery plan (DRP) is a formal document created by an organization that contains detailed instructions on how to respond to unplanned incidents such as natural disasters, power outages, cyber-attacks, and any other disruptive events. Disaster recovery focuses on restoring data access and IT infrastructure after a disaster.
Incident Response Plans
Incident response is a structured process organizations use to identify and deal with cybersecurity incidents. Response includes several stages, including preparation for incidents, detection and analysis of a security incident, containment, eradication, and full recovery, and post-incident analysis and learning.
What Are Some Tips for Making Effective Plans?
- Ensure that your organization has all of these plans in place.
- Check over your recovery plans for missing information. Plans should include contact information, roles and responsibilities, critical systems and applications, and the prioritization of resources.
- Build in a “Lessons Learned” section to improve your future recovery capabilities.
- Involve other business functions in the development of the process – not just IT!
- A tabletop exercise can help find gaps or areas for improvement in your plans.
- Conduct a business impact analysis to identify time-sensitive or critical business functions and the resources that support them.
- Review and update plans annually.
Sedara can help you develop your recovery strategies, or identify other areas for improvement. We are your cybersecurity sidekick. Contact us today if you want to better secure your organization.