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IT/DR Workshop

IT/DR Workshop

Duration: 2 full days of instruction (8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.)
16 continuing Education Activity Points (CEAPs) may be awarded towards recertification if applicable

Examination: No Certification Exam for now

Cost: Please call or email


Never before has our reliance on automation been greater. And never before have we seen so many threats that could compromise systems and data. With DRI’s IT/DR Planning course, you will learn about your responsibilities, the benefits and drawbacks of the tools and processes available to you, and how your organization can increase its preparedness. You’ll come away with the skills you need to create an IT/DR project plan and gain management approval for it. If you work in business continuity, IT, security, or a related field, and have an interest in your responsibilities when it comes to IT/DR, this interactive course is for you. If it’s been a while since you were last certified, this is the perfect opportunity for you to get on top of the latest developments in IT/DR. The knowledge you gain will put you at the head of the pack professionally, and make you a valuable asset to your organization.


  1. Understand the business continuity management (BCM) architecture and discipline
    2. Learn the role of IT/DR within BCM
    3. Recognize issues involved with recovery of technology platforms and data
    4. Evaluate current and emerging IT/DR technologies (real, virtual, cloud, co-location, hyperconvergence, VDI, “as-a-service”, and software defined – storage/network/data center)
    5. Select strategic alternatives for the IT/DR process
    6. Build, test, and implement the new IT/DR process, and
    7. Integrate the BCM and IT/DR functions within your company


Introduction: IT/DR Planning with New DR Technologies
– Definition of IT/DR Terms
– IT/DR planning with new DR technologies
– Why we create IT/DR plans
– IT/DR technologies the participant will learn
– Single and multiple site problems

Lesson 1: How to Create an IT/DR Project Plan and Gain Management Approval
– Formulating tasks and milestones
– Determining deliverables
– Management approval
– Exercise: Develop an IT/DR project plan

Lesson 2: Performing a Risk Assessment and Business Impact Analysis (BIA)
– Risk assessment and BIA (brief discussion)
– Business area requirements and interdependencies on IT (applications, data storage, network, systems, etc.)
– Recovery objectives (RTO and RPO)
– Prioritizing applications, servers and systems by RTO and RPO
– Exercise: Develop a BIA subset document specifically for IT

Lesson 3: Selecting an IT/DR Strategy (Filling the Gap)
– Data backups and restoration options
– Platform recovery options (Systems/Servers and Domains (VMs, LPARs, etc.))
– Network recovery options
– Exercise: Develop an IT strategies document

Lesson 4: Developing IT/DR plans
– IT/DR plan table of contents
– Exercise: Develop an IT/DR plan

Lesson 5: Intro to New IT/DR Technologies and How They Impact IT/DR Recovery Times
– The evolving DR professional’s role
– Overview of DR technologies
– The physical and virtual DR processes
– Types of “cloud” environments and services
– Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI)
– Hyperconvergence technologies
– Software defined environments and data centers
– Cloud computing and networks
– Managing DR and virtual environments
– Exercise: Define a recovery technique, formulate a recovery planning strategy and provide a cost/benefit analysis