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Disaster Recovery Plan Maintenance

Implementing a disaster recovery plan that will run smoothly and be successful largely depends on the performance of the people who are assigned responsibilities to help implement the plan. In order to have the most successful outcome, the people involved must thoroughly understand each of their roles in the process and what affect their performance will have on the rest of the disaster recovery plan process.

It is important to train all staff involved in the disaster recovery process. They should regularly review their responsibilities and participate in "dry run" practices at least twice a year, preferably quarterly. It is also important for an organization to keep the list of its staff that is intended to be engaged in the disaster recovery process current and up-to-date. Changes such as promotions, firings, and resignations must be noted in the disaster recovery plan and replacements for these people should be added.

Having the list of employees that are trained in their disaster recovery roles current makes for an effective disaster recovery process. Practiced employees will be better able to implement the plans made for ensuring your organization's business continuity in the face of disaster. Without practice, an unexpected disturbance or emergency can overwhelm staff and undermine the organization's ability to implement its disaster recovery plan, resulting in a loss of productivity and most likely revenue.

Also, whenever your company undergoes changes in infrastructure or makes network upgrades, these changes need to be incorporated into your disaster recovery plan. An out of date plan is little better than no plan at all.