Janco releases 2023 Edition DR/BC Planning Template - Integrated with operational infrastructure

Disaster Recovery Business Continuity Template has key infrastructure policies updated to meet compliance and security mandates

Infrastrature Policy Bundle updated with the 5 DR/BC relate policies

(Disaster Recovery PlanningPark City UT – Janco Associates Inc. (https://e-janco.com) just released the 2023 Edition of its popular product, the Disaster Recovery, and Business Continuity Template.  It includes a Business Impact Analysis tool with a model for calculating the cost of disruption, 5 key operational infrastructure policies, detailed job descriptions, over 20 operational forms to facilitate the development/activation of the plan, and integration with an OSHA compliant safety program.

The CEO of Janco, Mr. M. V. Janulaitis said, “We have focused our efforts on tying the DR/BC Template to the infrastructure that is necessary to have a working business recovery process. At the same time, we have updated our IT Infrastructure Policies and related OSHA compliant Safety Program to provide a solution that works seamlessly in the complex processes of business recovery and continuity.”  He added, “Over 3,500 enterprises in 100 plus countries have acquired earlier versions of our template. As background, we developed the initial offering from the core DR/BC plan we created for a major Wall Street firm that had our plan in place on 911. They only lost 52 seconds of transactions. Since then we have included considerations for Cloud recovery and a remote workforce – including Work From Home (WFH).”

The CEO expanded saying. “The DR/BC Template contains five detailed Infrastructure policies: 1) Backup and Backup Retention Policy, 2) Incident Communication Plan Policy, 3) Physical and Virtual (Cloud) Security Policy, 4) Social Networking Policy, and 5)WFH & Telecommuting Policy. In Addition, included is a detailed work plan for implementation, s Compliance Audit Program, and a definition of best practices.”

Janulaitis stated, "Many plans have an assumption that once the outage occurs all that an enterprise needs to do is start the recovery process. Recent business disruptions including cyber-attacks and weather-related events have proved that to be an invalid assumption."

The CEO added, "We have found almost two-thirds of the plans activated recently had material defects and over one-half are not up to date. We have concluded that the primary reason for this shortcoming was that paper plans are difficult to maintain. For this reason, Janco has added electronic forms to its standard template which can be completed via tablets and smartphones and stored in a remote cloud location.” The CEO added, “It now is easier to maintain these plans and to provide a higher probability of success in the recovery process.” 

Why DR and BC plans fail

The updates to the plan including the DR/BC Audit Program meet the latest mandated requirements and have been updated to reflect EU, ISO 28000 -Supply Chain Management, US federal and US state requirements, and Social media and e-commerce considerations. The core DR/BC template now includes a recovery life cycle after a "Major Event"; best practices for backup; IoT backup; and many other features.
The Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity template is delivered electronically and comes as an easily modifiable Microsoft WORD document. In addition, a PDF and ePub version are included with the standard offering. The template is over 250 pages long and includes everything needed to customize the Disaster Recovery Business Continuity Plan to fit an organization's specific requirements. The document includes proven written text and examples.

Included are: Business Impact Analysis - including a sample impact matrix;  Organization Responsibilities pre and post-disaster - DRP checklist; Backup Strategy for Data Centers, Departmental File Servers, Wireless Network servers, Data at Outsourced Sites, Desktops (In office and "at home"), Laptops, PDA's and BYOD; Recovery Strategy including approach, escalation plan process, and decision points;  Disaster Recovery Procedures in a checklist format; Incident/Media Communication Plan; Plan Administration Process; Technical Appendix including the definition of contact points; Job Description for Disaster Recovery Manager (3 pages long) - entire disaster recovery team job descriptions are also available in the premium version of the offering; and,  a Work Plan to modify and implement the template.

More information on the template can be found on Janco’s website at https://e-janco.com/drp.htm.

Janco is an international consulting firm that follows issues that concern CIOs and CFOs. The firm publishes a series of IT and business Infrastructure HandiGuides® and Templates including IT Infrastructure Policies and Procedures, Disaster Recovery/Business Continuity Template, Security Template, IT Job Descriptions, and its semi-annual IT Salary Survey.

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