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Do You Need Higher Standards in Your Disaster Recovery Relationship?
A few months ago, I presented a series of Informit articles on operating and security standards. As you may recall, operating standards are the changes you make in your day-to-day operating environment to ensure that your recovery plan executes gracefully. As the name implies, security standards consist of things like card-key access to equipment rooms, password protection on critical components, and change-control procedures.
On a scale from 1–10, rate each of your organization’s standards:
- Up-to-date call lists for getting people back to work after a disaster.
- Equipment room guarded by physical access controls such as card keys.
- Complete documentation of equipment installations, including such things as floor grid diagrams and emergency shutdown procedures.
- Offsite storage of magnetic material and key documents.
- Secure servers locations. (If you have a server in the janitor’s closet, give yourself an automatic zero on this item.)
- Fire protection. Add 10 points for any of the following three items in your
- Dry pipe sprinklers.
- Fire extinguishers of the proper type.
- Formal written policy banning combustibles from the equipment room.