CIS 359 Disaster Recovery (DR) Team

Strayer CIS 359 Disaster Recovery Management, Assignment 4, Disaster Recovery (DR) Team, Graded A, 11 pages, 2089 words.
Consider a scenario where the contingency planning management team (CPMT) of your organization has designated you as the disaster recovery team leader, and the preparation and planning of this component of the security program is now under your purview with a team of 11 employees including yourself.
Write a two to three (2-3) page paper in which you:
1. Detail the DR team roles, responsibilities, and sub teams that would be implemented, and construct an organizational chart for the team through the use of graphical tools in Visio, or an open source alternative such as Dia. Note: The graphically depicted solution is not included in the required page length.
2. Describe the proper procedures and policies that would be implemented specific to the DR team personnel as well as special equipment that would be required.
3. Draft an executive summary to the DR plan and explain the purpose of the plan and high-level specifics for upper management.
4. Use at least three (3) quality resources in this assignment.

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Discussion one:

From the first e-Activity, select one portion of the IRS disaster recovery plan that you found interesting. Explain why this portion was interesting to you, and determine whether or not you believe this portion is critical to the overall contingency planning efforts of the agency. Provide a rationale to support your answer. A portion of the IRS disaster recovery plan that I found interesting was their Situation Awareness Management Center (SAMC). Although this section of their recovery plan did not go into great detail, it gave a snapshot of how the IRS receives, manages and escalates advisories and alerts of physical and cyber events across the IRS (IRS, 2013). The DRP informs the reader that the SAMC is the single point of contact that captures, analyzes and reacts to large amounts of data received from numerous sources. This portion of the agency’s DRP is critical to its overall contingency planning efforts, because it gives the IRS near real time situational awareness (30 min or less), which allows for rapid response to appropriate incident response teams. This single point of contact also ensures accurate information is communicated in a minimum amount of time senior leadership within the IRS. Determine whether or not you believe the IRS DRP would be comparable to that of large enterprises in the private sector (e.g., ConocoPhillips, General Motors, etc.), and explain whether or not you consider this to be the case. In my opinion, the IRS DRP is comparable to that of a large enterprise within the private sector. The information presented in the Internal Revenue Manual represents a section of a large scale DRP used by similar large enterprises in the private sector. The IRS DRP provides for a high availability and recovery from a variety of incidents covering policy for risk management, organizational structure and implementation (or roles and responsibilities), and a prioritization of critical business processes. Therefore, the IRS DRP is very much comparable to the resilient efforts a large enterprise incorporates in returning back to a point of normal operations after an incident/disaster occurs.

Discussion two:

From the second a-Activity, determine whether or not you believe the ability to 1 dynamically adapt to the extreme conditions was crucial for disaster response personnel when faced with the challenges caused by Hurricane Sandy. Use examples to support your answer. Dynamic adaptability obviously saved several companies from major downtime during Sandy, and it an important capability for any company in a disasters. Peer 2 Hosting’s improvised bucket brigade used to deliver fuel up many flights of stairs to the generators on the 18th floor when the pumps and elevators became nonfunctional was a great example of adapting to dynamic situations. Even their food contingency (unplanned) worked out when meals were delivered by foot from NY across the Brooklyn Bridge. SunGard had to improvise and find alternative traffic routes for their fuel delivery trucks to take to avoid flood waters from a breached levee. Explain how dynamic disaster plans can be created and tested. Determine whether or not you think these plans have the ability to be truly dynamic and assist personnel when amidst a disaster situation. The first way to help create a dynamic plan is to consider what would happen when every contingency is no longer available … generator, personnel, a roof over the building. But, a plan can never be 100% dynamic, as there will always be a situation that can occur that no one ever considered. Talented and imaginative staff can almost always help compensate for unforeseen complications, though.