Performing computer disaster recovery may seem to have been involved with a lot of different processes to guarantee business continuity. Actually, there are only five things to think about in creating a business continuity plan (BCP) manual that will definitely aid in making it easy for many to do disaster recovery, especially those involved in complex computer systems. The BCP manual can function as your guide in ensuring business longevity. The five main phases involved in BCP manual development are (a) analysis, (b) solution design, (c) implementation, (d) testing and organization acceptance and (e) maintenance.

On the analysis phases involves three sub-processes. First is impact analysis, where critical and non-critical functions within the organization are differentiated. Critical functions are more susceptible to threats so the need to distinguish functions is needed to meet certain requirements. Threat analysis, on the other hand, involves the identification of threats and their impact to the business. Lastly, impact scenarios should then be defined for proper documentation.

After impact analysis, there comes solution design to recognize the most cost effective disaster recovery solution from the given scenarios. The third phase, which is implementation, takes place to execute the identified solution design elements. Testing will then be made to obtain organizational acceptance. The design element should meet certain requirements as specified by the organization. Changes have to be made after testing should the need arises. The last phase of the BCP manual is maintenance. It involves the following activities: (a) confirm the information written in the manual and roll out to all staff and personnel to increase the level of awareness; (b) test and verify solutions; and (c) test and verify the documented recovery procedures.

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