Despite wanting perfect business continuity, most companies still can’t ensure complete system availability. Even the biggest brands and companies, including Apple, YouTube, HBO Now, Spotify, and Snapchat, have experienced outages in 2016, affecting their business and their reputation.
The following five books are the most useful guides currently available on business continuity and disaster recovery strategies. They provide step-by-step guidelines on how to develop an IT disaster recovery plan (including disaster recovery plan checklists), how to test your DR plan once it’s in place, and what to do after disaster strikes.
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While these may not be your first-choice books for curling up with before bed (ok, I admit that I do curl up with these kinds of books, but that’s nothing to brag about), they are definitely the books you want to review with your colleagues and keep on your desk as you develop or upgrade your organization’s DR strategy.
1. Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Planning for IT Professionals
By Susan Snedaker
Susan Snedaker wants all organizations to know that DR planning is a must – and she wants to help them do it flawlessly. The director of IT services at Tucson Medical Center, Snedaker reviews the most current DR planning options and risk-management techniques in this 620-page guide. With organizations facing increasing demands for confidentiality, integrity, and availability of data, this book is the perfect companion for anyone in the IT field who is responsible for keeping information secure and systems running.
2. IT Disaster Recovery Planning for Dummies
By Peter Gregory
You’re definitely not a dummy if your company’s IT resilience is resting on your shoulders, but this “Dummies” series book will definitely be helpful to you as you develop your organization’s DR strategy. Not only is this book a comprehensive resource for any IT professional, but it is well-written, easy to read, and even has a bit of humor – not something you can say about most technology books. The book’s author, Peter Gregory, has written over 15 books on security and technology, and is currently an executive risk advisor at Optiv and a lecturer at the University of Washington.
3. The Disaster Recovery Handbook
By Michael Wallace and Lawrence Webber
IT professionals Michael Wallace and Lawrence Webber illustrate how natural disasters and planned attacks can strike organizations of every size, threatening to disrupt and potentially destroy those that are not fully prepared. This revised edition provides readers with practical tools and ready-to-use instructions for assessing risk, documenting recovery procedures, assembling a disaster team, testing and debugging every step, protecting material resources, and recovering vital records.
4. Principles of Incident Response and Disaster Recovery
By Michael Whitman, Herbert Mattord, and Andrew Green
If you’re looking for a book that explores the foundations of disaster recovery principles and planning, look no further. This widely-used computer science textbook presents methods to identify vulnerabilities within computer networks and the countermeasures that mitigate risks and damage. From market-leading content on contingency planning to effective techniques that minimize downtime in an emergency, this is a valuable resource if your business should ever experience a network intrusion.
5. Guide to Disaster Recovery
By Michael Erbschloe
IT consultant Michael Erbschloe offers an enterprise-wide approach to developing a DR plan. In 384 pages, he sets a basic foundation in DR principles, showing how to create a secure network by implementing proper policies and procedures. The book also looks at what happens when disaster strikes, outlining how to restore a failed network.
Is there another DR book that’s invaluable to your business or organization? Let us know in the comments below! Until then, happy reading.