Disaster Recovery Misconceptions

Disaster Recovery — What are the major misconceptions when a disaster occurs with IT systems? Can your systems can not support your company’s day-to-day operations?

The major misconception is that a backup recovery plan is all that you need.  At Janco Associates that is not enough.  We have found that most companies are really not prepared.  Files can be restored but it does no good if they do have facilities for their staffs.

Victor Janulaitis, the CEO of Janco Associates, was responsible for the creation of the Disaster Recovery Plan that Merrill Lynch implemented on 911.  ML lost less than one minute of transactions with the plan that was created under his direction.

Disaster Recovery Audit

A core process that he identified was a Disaster Plan Audit.  This Disaster Recovery / Business Continuity Audit program identifies control objectives that are meet by the audit program.  There are 36 specific items that the audit covers in the 13 page audit program. DRP / BCP Audit Program Included are references to specific Janco products that directly address the areas the audit covers. This program can be used as standalone audit program or in concert with the following Janco offerings:

  • Disaster Recovery / Business Continuity Template
  • Security Manual Template
  • Security Audit Program Template
  • Business and IT Impact Questionnaire
  • IT Service Management for Service Oriented Architecture
  • Metrics for the Internet and Information  Technology

Compliance with mandated Disaster Recovery requirements

Here is a great video that another company has produced that describes what some of the major misconceptions are in disaster recovery and business continuity planning.  These thoughts are the same as Janco’s and the video is well worth watching.

Author: Victor Janulaitis

M. Victor Janulaitis is the CEO of Janco Associates. He has taught at the USC Graduate School of Business, been a guest lecturer at the UCLA's Anderson School of Business, a Graduate School at Harvard University, and several other universities in various programs.