Disaster Recovery Planning (DRP) is the process of setting out protocols that should and must be followed by a business or a company to protect assets and information in case of a disaster. What is outlined in a DRP is a comprehensive document that dictates particular actions that are to be practiced, before, during and after a disaster.
Disasters mainly fall into three categories namely human-made, environmental and natural.
Three strategies are put in place during DRP.
1. Preventive- This mostly means that you identify risks and mitigate them. Some of the standard components of preventive measures that you could put in place include; installing generators and routine inspections.
2. Detective- This means to discover the presence of likely risks. This is mainly applied to IT infrastructure and includes; server monitoring, fire alarms and installing anti-virus software.
3. Corrective- Basically corrective measures are meant to restore after a disaster. It includes practices such as taking up insurance policies and ensuring the safety of relevant documents.
Setting up a DRP helps you to:
1. Have reliable and dependable systems on standby
2. Minimizing risk
3. Gives you a sense of security.
4. Helps in defining roles and responsibilities which help to reduce conflicts.