Thursday, February 7, 2019

IT Disaster Recovery Planning: Theory vs. Reality

Many certifying organizations provide students attending their courses with information they should know to pass a certification exam, and to obtain a degree of subject matter expertise within a discipline. However, many students have difficulty applying textbook knowledge to the real-world environments they operate in every day.

Did You Know?

1) Taking time to create IT Asset Resource Profiles during Disaster Recovery planning – including functionality, classification, criticality, compliance, and end user communities – can significantly improve budget request outcomes for daily operational needs?

2) Improvisational Disaster Recovery exercises can be scheduled around planned external events – such as scheduled power outages, facility construction, unit relocation, and government drills – that are often overlooked?

3) The Disaster Recovery Plan is not a monolithic or linear document, and consists of no less than 10 constituent plans that reinforce each other?

4) According to the CDC (2017-2018), influenza epidemics (localized pandemics) caused US businesses $15.3 billion in lost revenue, $21 billion in lost productivity, and 17 million missed work days – yet epidemic planning is rarely funded by senior management?

5) When magnetic back-up media is exposed to temperature changes greater than 15-degrees per four hours (a reality when transporting media to a recovery site), the damage can be irreversible?

This type of information won’t be in your training materials or on your certification exam, but it needs to be in your head.

If you enjoy your training, score well on the exam, and earn a certification – but cannot apply the knowledge gained during the training on the first day you return to work – your time and money have been wasted. 

When we teach the Mile2 Certified Disaster Recovery Engineer cyber security certification, we include dozens of training hours above and beyond that which would be required to successfully pass the exam. A significant portion of that training occurs outside the classroom. Our real-world training environments at the Coastal Regional Commission of Georgia in Darien range from Data Centers and Geographic Information Systems, to Fleet Transportation and Executive Administration offices.

The field training experience will serve to bridge the gap between classroom theory and operational reality with experiential knowledge you need to know and can apply your first day back at work. Our goal is to have you leave this training both certified and prepared.

It’s been said that, “experience can be defined as that knowledge you gain the moment after you need it the most.” We prefer you have that knowledge in advance -- and be trained to stay ahead of life’s learning curve.

Certified Disaster Recovery Engineer

March 11-14, 2019

About the Author
Michael I. Kaplan is a certified Cyber Security Instructor and a Corporate Information Security Consultant with over 21 years of experience in the security industry.  His areas of expertise are Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery, IT Risk Management and Audit, and Incident Response Planning.  Click HERE to view his Cyber Security Training Calendar.