Disaster RecoveryDisaster Recovery Plan Template

Business Continuity
ISO 27000 Series, CCPA, GDPR,
Sarbanes - Oxley,
CobiT, PCI-DSS, & HIPAA Compliant

Version History

This Disaster Recovery Plan (DRP) can be used as a Disaster Planning template for any enterprise. The Disaster Recovery template and supporting material have been updated to be Sarbanes-Oxley, EU, and HIPAA compliant.

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2020 Edition

The 2020 version of the template was completely reviewed and changes were made to both the form and content of the template. IT template now is now more fully integrated with Janco's IT Infrastructure Policies and Strategy. Where it made sense the full infrastructure policies were included as separate attachments.

Changes included were:

  • Restructured the entire plan to be modular with standard electronic forms, infrastructure policies, and job descriptions.
  • Include the Pandemic Planning Checklist as an electronic form
  • Include the Vendor Partner DR/BC Questionnaire as an electronic form
  • Updated all included electronic form
  • Updated all included job descriptions
  • Restructured the template to include all of the electronic forms in a single separate document and files in a separate directory.

Version 2019

  • Updated all included job descriptions
  • Updated all included forms
    • Disaster Recovery electronic forms
    • Safety Program electronic forms
  • Added co-location checklist
  • Audit Program Updated
  • Administrative changes
    • Changed core document to have job descriptions and forms delivered in their own directories
    • Business and IT Impact Questionnaire is delivered in its own and comes as a MS WORD, pdf, and eBook electronic format
    • 3 included job descriptions are delivered in their own directory

Version 8.7

  • Added electronic form for DR/BC Site Evaluation Checklist
  • Added latest electronic DR/BC electronic forms
  • Added latest electronic Safety Program electronic forms

Version 8.6

  • Updated¬† to meet EU compliance requirements
  • Updated all the attached electronic forms
  • Updated all the included job descriptions
  • Updated to include references to Mobile Device Data
  • Added Power Requirement 10 point planning checklist

Version 8.5

  • Updated to address issues associated with recent hurricanes, fires, and other recent business disruption events
  • Added ePub version to the standard product
  • Corrected minor errata

Version 8.4

  • Updated DR/BC Audit Program to meet the latest mandated requirements
    • Updated to reflect EU and US state requirements for California and Texas
    • IoT audit requirements include in audit program
    • Social media and e-commerce added to audit program
  • Added recovery life cycle after a "Major Event"
  • Added introduction section on Best Practices for Backup
  • Added section for IoT backup
  • Update the electronic MS WORD based forms:
    • Disaster Recovery Business Continuity Electronic Forms Bundle (9 forms)
    • Safety Electronic Forms Bundle (9 forms)

Version 8.3

  • Added ransomware guidelines
  • Updated compliance requirements - including new HIPAA requirements

Version 8.2

  • Updated to meet latest compliance requirements
  • Updated work plan and deliverables
  • Updated all electronic forms
  • Updated checklists to meet best practices standards

Version 8.1

  • Updated to meet all of the latest in force and proposed mandated compliance requirements
  • Includes all 9 of the updated Disaster Recovery Plan Electronic Forms
  • Includes all 8 of the updated Safety Program Electronic Forms

Version 8.0

  • Updated to be compliant with the latest ISO standards
    • Added section on ISO 28000
  • Updated to the latest Business and IT Impact forms (Now included as a separate document for ease of use)
  • Updated to include specific references to mobile users and BYOD devices
  • BYOD back up recovery strategy before and during a disaster defined
  • Updated with the latest electronic forms
  • Updated with the latest Business Impact and Risk Assessment

Version 7.5

  • Added Physical and Virtual Server Security Policy
  • Added electronic form for Server Registration

Version 7.4

  • Updated Recovery Site Strategy for Cloud
  • Updated CSS Style Sheet for black and white printing

Version 7.3

  • Updated to include Version 1.3 of the Disaster Recovery Business Continuity Audit Program

Version 7.2

  • Updated responsibilities for team members
  • Added Safety Program references in the core template
  • Added Electronic Safety Program Forms
    • Area Safety Inspection
    • Employee Job Hazard Analysis
    • First Report of Injury
    • Inspection Checklist - Alternative Locations
    • Inspection Checklist - Office Locations
    • New Employee Safety Checklist
    • Safety Program Contact List
    • Training Record

Version 7.1

  • Updated graphics
  • Updated Business Analysis Impact Section

Version 7.0

  • Updated for compliance with ISO 22301
  • Added Electronic Forms for Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity Plan Management
    • Plan Distribution Control Log
    • Remote Location Contact Information
    • Team Call List
    • Vendor Contact List
    • Off-Site Inventory
    • LAN Hardware / Software Inventory
    • Personnel Locations

Version 6.2

  • Added ISO 27031 specific materials
    • Overview
    • Principles - Scope and Objectives
    • Requirements

Version 6.1

  • Added materials specific to social network communication
  • Added Social network checklist

Version 6.0

  • Updated Disaster Recovery Audit Program for mandated requirements
  • Updated Business & IT Impact Questionnaire for mandated requirements
  • Updated backup strategy section
  • Added Incident Communication Plan

Version 5.7

  • Updated Communication Strategy and Policy
    • Added Communicating with employees section
    • Added What to communicate section

Version 5.6

  • Updated Risk Assessment Business and IT Impact Questionnaire
    • Updated for COBIT compliance
    • Updated for PCI-DSS compliance
    • Updated for US state level compliance (New York, Massachusetts, and California)\
    • Update for ISO security requirements

Version 5.5

  • Updated to comply with CobiT requirements
  • Added Sample Disaster Recovery Plan Service Agreement

Version 5.4

  • Added Pandemic Coordinator job description
  • Added Business Pandemic Planning Checklist
  • Updated organization chart to include Pandemic Coordinator
  • Corrected minor errata

Version 5.3

  • Updated backup and backup retention section
  • Updated style sheet to be CSS Style sheet format
  • Added Disaster Recovery Business Continuity General Distribution Information
    • What to do after an explosion / terrorist attack
    • How to clean up after a disaster

Version 5.2

  • Replaced WORD 2003 style sheet with Word style sheet
  • Updated all forms used in the template

Version 5.1

  • Added Backup & Backup Retention Policy (9 pages)
  • Minor Formatting Changes

Version 5.0

  • Updated Disaster Recovery / Business Continuity Plan Audit Program to be compliant with ISO 27000 Series (ISO 27001 and ISO 27002)
  • Added a section on Communication Strategy and Policy to be implemented when the Disaster Recovery / Business Continuity Plan is activated
  • Added a section on Disaster Recovery / Business Continuity and Security basics
  • Added Personnel Location Report
  • Added Project Status Report Form

Version 4.5

  • Added Disaster Recovery / Business Continuity Audit Program
  • Updated excel work plan to refer to sections versus pages

Version 4.4

  • Section added on implications of Sarbanes-Oxley, Treadway Commission, and PCI DSS requirements
  • Disaster Planning Branch Offices added
  • Back-up strategy table added
  • Back-up strategy for PDA's updated to reflect smartphones

Version 4.3

  • Defined generic metrics for DR/BC success
  • Business & IT Impact Analysis Questionnaire Updated
  • Updated references to the DRP card
  • Updated formatting to meet Word requirements
  • A fully indexed version of the Template in PDF format included with the Word format
  • Now comes in both Office 2003 and Office 2007 formats

Version 4.2

  • Added Section defining the ISO 17799 compliance requirements
  • Review and modified entire DRP/BCP template to ensure compliance with ISO 17799
  • Business & IT Impact Questionnaire updated to meet ISO 17799 compliance requirements
  • Corrected errata
  • Added Best Data Retention and Destruction Practices Section

Version 4.1

  • Department DRP / BCP Activation Workbook Updated in the appendix
  • Correct work plan formatting and numbering for project initiation
  • Web Site Disaster Recovery Planning Form added to the appendix

Version 4.0

  • Vendor Disaster Recovery Planning Questionnaire added to the appendix
  • Department Disaster Recovery Planning Workbook added to the appendix
  • Vendor Phone List form updated
  • Key Customer Notification List form added
  • Critical Resources to be Retrieved form added
  • Business Continuity Off-Site Materials form added

Version 3.1

  • Site Strategy section added (Section 3.1) all other section numbers in Chapter 3 were increased to adjust for this modification.
  • Audit Disaster Recovery Plan Process added (Section 8.13).
  • Manager Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity job description added
  • Entire template reviewed to validate compliance with Sarbanes-Oxley


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