Economic and operational losses can overwhelm unprepared businesses. Although disasters are few and far between, and it is believed that a disaster will never happen, the fact is they do happen and they can happen to anyone. Responsible organizations recognize this and take the proper steps to protect all of its assets in the event of a declared disaster.

Organizations prepare for everything from natural disasters to cyber-attacks with disaster recovery plans that detail a process to resume mission-critical functions quickly and without major losses in revenues or business operations.

Disaster recovery focuses on systems that help support critical business functions. The term “business continuity” is often associated with disaster recovery, but the two terms aren’t completely interchangeable. Disaster recovery is a part of business continuity, which focuses more on keeping all aspects of a business running despite the disaster.

This 2-day Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity Seminar helps you understand a variety of topics in disaster recovery and business continuity such as: introduction to disaster recovery, concept of disasters, introduction to business continuity, disaster recovery processing plans, business impact assessment, emergency preparedness, incident response and business continuity management process.

This seminar aims to provide a brief guide to business continuity and disaster recovery plans that all employees and especially business owners will benefit from. This course discusses these two plans and the contents of each document. This course will first talk about risks, threats, and incidents. From there we will take a look at risk assessment and business impact analysis. With those topics covered, there will be a foundation to discuss business continuity plans (BCP) and disaster recovery plans (DRP).

Thus, it will provide participants with an appreciation of BCP and a DRP having the potential to proactively save your business. Having a DRP and BCP enhances an organization's image with employees, shareholders and customers by demonstrating a proactive attitude. Additional benefits include improvement in overall organizational efficiency and identifying the relationship of assets and human and financial resources to critical services and deliverables.

Who Should Attend

This course is valuable to business owners and operations managers; key personnel and process owners; senior staff and support personnel; project managers and security officers; and anyone and everyone involved in their organization's business continuity program!

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the seminar, the participants will:

  1. Be able to describe the difference and relationship between disaster recovery plans (DRP) and business continuity plans (BCP);
  2. Have gained an understanding of the principles of business continuity management (BCM) and the elements of effective disaster recovery and business continuity plans;
  3. Have gained practical experience of the disaster recovery and business continuity planning process; and
  4. Be able to apply the principles in developing their own disaster recovery and business continuity strategies and planning efforts.


Conceptual and practical approach in understanding risk management with lecture. This introductory course takes the form of a two-day, interactive seminar in which participants will play an active role with instruction-guided discussion and thematic exercises. Far from being purely theoretical, the practical sessions help bring BCM to light, providing a pragmatic approach in understanding disaster recovery and business continuity planning. The disaster recovery and business continuity seminar consists of the following lessons, which can be revised and tailored to a client’s need:

Course Content

Activity – Car Park

1 Basics of Business Continuity and Disaster Planning

  1. What is a disaster?
  2. Types of disasters and how they affect business
  3. Business Continuity vs. Disaster Recovery
  4. The Role of Prevention
    • Preventing disorganized response
    • Reduction in impact of disaster

Activity – Dingbats

2 Disaster Recovery Planning (DRP)

  1. Establishing a need for disaster recovery
  2. Operational disruption and disasters
  3. Definition and principles of disaster recovery
  4. Why a recovery plan is a crucial asset
  5. Activities regarding disaster recovery
  6. Solutions to and practices in disaster recovery
  7. Key components to disaster recovery

Activity – Mind Mapping

3 Preparing for Business Continuity

  1. Business Impact Assessment (BIA)
    • BIA process steps
    • Identifying business processes of strategic importance
    • Event Damage Classification
    • Recovery Time and Point Objectives (RTOs and RPOs)
    • Reporting and using the BIA results
  2. Risk Assessment
    • Risk Prioritization – determining likelihood and impact
    • Impact scenarios and resource development
    • Identifying mission-critical continuity needs
    • Risk appetite and risk management strategies
      • Preventing and mitigating impacts
      • Cost of mitigation based upon ranking of criticality analysis

Activity – BIA Workshop (Disasters & Impact)

4 Business Continuity Planning (BCP)

  1. Benefits of DR and BC Planning
  2. Developing business continuity and disaster recovery plans
    • Select Recovery Team Members
    • Emergency Response
      • Personnel Safety
      • Communications
      • Evacuation
      • Asset Protection
      • Damage Assessment
      • Emergency Notification
    • Business Resumption Planning
    • Restoration and Recovery
  3. Training Staff
  4. Testing DR & BC Plans
  5. Document Review

Activity – BCP Workshop

5 Running a DRP / BCP Project

  1. Phase 1 – Project Initiation
  2. Phase 2 – Current State Assessment
  3. Phase 3 – Design and Development
  4. Phase 4 - Implementation
  5. Phase 5 – Maintaining DRP & BCP

Activity – DR & BC Planning Project

6 From Project to Process…..Business Continuity Management (BCM)

  1. Implementing a Project Management Approach
    • Systems Perspective
    • Stakeholder Approach
    • Organizational Strategic Context
  2. What is BCM?
  3. BCM Life Cycle
  4. Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity as a Program
    • Assuring the Plan – Rehearsing and Testing
    • Reviewing and Change Control
    • Applying Document Management
    • Communicating with the DR and BC teams
  5. Best Practices for BCM (BS25999, ISO 22301)

Activity – Systems Theory

SYNTHESIS – Putting It Together

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