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The Disaster Recovery Handbook: A Step-by-Step Plan to Ensure Business Continuity and Protect Vital Operations, Facilities, and Asse [Hardcover]

Michael Wallace , Lawrence Webber
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1 Jan 2011 0814416136 978-0814416136 2
Terrorist attacks. Data assaults. Natural catastrophes. Disease outbreaks. Recent years have taught us that not only was 9/11 not just a single, horrible occur rence, but that events of many types can—and statistically will—hit organizations of every size, threatening to disrupt and potentially even destroy those that are not fully prepared.

This revised edition, filled with up-to-the-minute thinking and the latest legal and technological updates, provides readers with practical tools and ready-to-use instructions for assessing risk; clearly documenting recovery procedures; assembling a disaster team; testing and debugging every step; protecting material resources; and recovering vital records.

In addition to a CD packed with forms and checklists, the book contains case studies, interviews, and all the practical guidance needed to create the kind of thorough disaster recovery plan every responsible organization must have in place.

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  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Amacom; 2 edition (1 Jan 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0814416136
  • ISBN-13: 978-0814416136
  • Product Dimensions: 25.4 x 18.5 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 792,889 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“This is a thoroughly researched, simply presented, and well-written work that gently guides the reader through the process of developing a plan.” (Security Management 2005-08-03) --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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Electrical outages, fires, floods, computer malfunctions, toxic material spills, water main breaks, labor strikes, sabotage. The number of disasters that can shut down your organization is vast, and the likelihood of one striking is inevitable. Even minor setbacks, like a fifteen-minute blackout, can cost you a bundle.

With a focus on practical solutions and an emphasis on getting your operations functional as soon as possible, this all-new edition of The Disaster Recovery Handbook helps you develop a clear, what-to-do-next plan of action for your organization. From assembling your team to analyzing your risk to testing your plan, you’ll learn to minimize damage and quickly recover from any natural or human-made disaster.

Completely revised and updated, The Disaster Recovery Handbook walks you through a multitude of real-life disaster scenarios, pointing out what works and what doesn’t for bringing order to chaotic situations. You’ll learn to implement every key step in a recovery effort, including how to:

• Assemble a disaster reaction team.

• Design a business impact analysis and risk assessment.

• Prepare recovery plans for different scenarios.

• Test and debug every step.

• Pinpoint the best place to locate your emergency operations center.

• Preserve essential data networks.

• Recover from a power outage.

• Retrieve vital records.

• And much more.

Plenty of people have come up with sloppy, hastily prepared disaster plans that languish on a shelf. But your plan won’t. By following the how-to guidelines and ready-to-use forms on the accompanying CD, this sweeping, start-to-finish guide will serve as an essential survival guide for navigating the trials ahead.

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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars very good reference book 8 Jun 2012
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Im very happy with this book, its not the type i think one would read cover to cover but its got great info to reference in the area of disasters.
I will say the CD is not good at all, i was hoping for some great bits of templates etc but found it lacking in content, but the book made up for it in the end.
The text is a good size not too small so easy to highlight etc.
I would say this book is a good starting point in the area of disasters and business continuity, the author give clear and easy to understand info, and draws your attention to main points etc
also the author dose not refrence his work, for someone that is studing in this area this may matter to you but for everyone else this point dose not matter i think!

As you can veiw the table of info im not going to go in to all of that as you can read up on that your self, im just going to end by pointing out this is a big enough book and even though text is not that small its packted with great info and well worth a place on your shelf.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not a HandBook 15 Nov 2005
By Firosh C. Ummer - Published on
Don't get carried away by the title descriptions "Hand book" and "step-by-step plan". If anyone is buying this book with an intention of developing a BCP/DR plan, implementing and testing it they will be disappointed. This book only helps to get an overview of BC/DR planning. I couldn't find anything readily usable in the companion CD. It contains a bunch of documents with one page and one table in it. You wouldn't find anything important and useful such as sample BC/DR plan, emergency response procedure and flow diagram.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Handbook. Extremely helpful for developing a DR plan. 11 Jan 2006
By Aaron M. Olney - Published on
I found the book extremely valuable in getting a disaster recovery plan developed. The book was very helpful in not only showing step-by-step HOW to put together our plan, but also did a great job in explaining WHY something should be in the plan. It also focused on the entire business, not just on technology as some other books on the subject do.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great textbook 15 Jun 2012
By Thomas M. Magee - Published on
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This is a textbook on the subject of disaster recovery. As with all textbooks they provide valuable information. You wouldn't want a surgeon that didn't use one. However there is another side. As with your old college textbooks it is sort of boring to read. A few more real world stories might have sparked things up.

This is a book for the surgeons of the disaster recovery field. This field is a field growing in importance over the past 10 years or so. More and more companies are developing, expanding, or enhancing their disaster recovery programs, departments, and policies. This need is reinforced by the daily newspapers that talk about this disaster or that disaster. That statistics say that if you don't bounce back from these common daily disasters within at least 30 days you don't come back. That has reinforced the urgency of the program. If that fact is burned into your head then this book is for you.

This urgency I am sure has put people into difficult circumstances. Someone misses a meeting and they find themselves the head of their company's disaster recovery program. This is the book for you then. This book is very comprehensive. It covers things most books forget. Any person that just reads the book will be ahead of 70% of people in the field. The book is that good. It gives you that critical information you need to at least keep your head above water. The book doesn't write the plan for you but it lays out a map. The book covers the basics. It sort of lays out a checklist of things to remember. The big things are sort of easy like put out the fire. The book explains the secondary things that can ruin your day if they go wrong. These are the things like human resources, power distribution, computers, data backup, alternate sites, and scores of other things.

So if your work is in disaster recovery this book is for you.
15 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to read and very insightfull 2 Jan 2005
By D. L. Henthorn - Published on
This book reminds me what effects an extended outage can have. I was able to find at least one item in every chapter of this book that I could easily and cheaply implement, that not only saved me money, but allowed me to better ensure my business will continue to function in the event of serious unplanned outage.
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very useful guide 7 Jun 2007
By Jaime Eloy Sotelo Ramirez - Published on
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
As IT manager, I'm always looking for books that could help me to improve services... but this book help me to avoid or minimize the bad effects of problems qhen they take place.

The goal of the book is not to improve your process or your skills.. is to improve your protection, backup or restore systems and processes.
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