Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Planning for IT Professionals

2nd Edition

Authors: Susan Snedaker
Paperback ISBN: 9780124105263
eBook ISBN: 9780124114517
Imprint: Syngress
Published Date: 24th September 2013
Page Count: 620
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Powerful Earthquake Triggers Tsunami in Pacific. Hurricane Isaac Makes Landfall in the Gulf Coast. Wildfires Burn Hundreds of Houses and Businesses in Colorado. Tornado Touches Down in Missouri. These headlines not only have caught the attention of people around the world, they have had a significant effect on IT professionals as well. The new 2nd Edition of Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery for IT Professionals gives you the most up-to-date planning and risk management techniques for business continuity and disaster recovery (BCDR). With distributed networks, increasing demands for confidentiality, integrity and availability of data, and the widespread risks to the security of personal, confidential and sensitive data, no organization can afford to ignore the need for disaster planning.

Author Susan Snedaker shares her expertise with you, including the most current options for disaster recovery and communication, BCDR for mobile devices, and the latest infrastructure considerations including cloud, virtualization, clustering, and more. Snedaker also provides you with new case studies in several business areas, along with a review of high availability and information security in healthcare IT.

Don’t be caught off guard—Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery for IT Professionals, 2nd Edition , is required reading for anyone in the IT field charged with keeping information secure and systems up and running.

Key Features

  • Complete coverage of the 3 categories of disaster: natural hazards, human-caused hazards, and accidental / technical hazards
  • Extensive disaster planning and readiness checklists for IT infrastructure, enterprise applications, servers and desktops
  • Clear guidance on developing alternate work and computing sites and emergency facilities
  • Actionable advice on emergency readiness and response
  • Up-to-date information on the legal implications of data loss following a security breach or disaster


IT professionals at all levels, those implementing procedures and those at a managerial and executive levels making planning decisions.

Table of Contents


About the Authors


Chapter 1. Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Overview


In this chapter


Business continuity and disaster recovery defined

Components of business

The cost of planning versus the cost of failure

Types of disasters to consider

Business continuity and disaster recovery planning basics


Key concepts


Chapter 2. Legal and Regulatory Obligations Regarding Data and Information Security


In this chapter


Impact of recent history

Current regulatory environment

Information security management

Did you know?


Key concepts


Case Study: Legal Obligations Regarding Data Security


In this chapter

Contributor profile


The Sony PlayStation incident

State laws regarding data security

Federal laws regarding data security



Chapter 3. Project Initiation


In this chapter


Elements of project success

Project plan components

Project organization

Project planning

Project implementation

Project tracking

Project close out

Key contributors and responsibilities

Project definition

Business requirements

Functional requirements

Technical requirements

Business continuity and disaster recovery project plan



Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery in Energy/Utilities


In this chapter


Integrating BC/DR requirements into IT governance

Improving BC/DR recovery and risk mitigation strategies



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About the Author

Susan Snedaker

Susan Snedaker, currently Director of IT and Information Security Officer at a large community hospital in Arizona, which has achieved HIMSS Analytics Stage 7 (EMR) certification and has been voted 100 Most Wired Hospitals two years in a row. Susan has over 20 years’ experience working in IT in both technical and executive positions including with Microsoft, Honeywell, and VirtualTeam Consulting. Her experience in executive roles has honed her extensive strategic and operational experience in managing data centers, core infrastructure, hardware, software and IT projects involving both small and large teams. Susan holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA) and a Bachelors degree in Management. She is a Certified Professional in Healthcare Information Management Systems (CPHIMS), Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), and was previously certified as a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE), a Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT). Susan also holds a certificate in Advanced Project Management from Stanford University and an Executive Certificate in International Management from Thunderbird University’s Garvin School of International Management. She is the author of six books and numerous chapters on a variety of technical and IT subjects.

Affiliations and Expertise

MCSE, MCT Founder, Virtual Team Consulting, Tucson, AZ, USA