Disaster recovery professionals work to protect against losses in the event of natural, man-made disaster, data, and hardware and software loss.
Bachelor of Computer Science
Bachelor of Engineering
Skills: Networking, Testing, Firewall Management, Programming
Salary: 60k - 103k
The Disaster Recovery Specialist roles is to plan for business continuity in the event of a disaster or catastrophic event.
A business continuity plan should not be considered a one off plan, it should be considered a living document, that is updated as changes within the organisation occur. The whole plan should be reviewed and tested at least once each year. The aim of a business continuity plan is to ensure that the business can continue to provide basic services till a ‘business as usual’ state can be recommenced.
A Disaster Recover Specialist or business continuity planner will lead key stakeholders within the organisation through a process where potential risks to the organisation will be identified. These risks will include range from natural and environmental risks through to technological failures and security breaches. Once potential risks have been identified, then each risk requires a mitigation strategy.
When the risks and related mitigation strategies have been identified, the business continuity planner will then clearly document each risk, the related mitigation strategy and the person(s) within the organisation who have responsibility for ensuring the strategy is enabled. The final step of the business continuity plan is to implement the plan by running a trial of the processes and procedures that have been documented. This may lead to changes in the plan as the processes identified may not meet the needs of the business.*
*This description is provided courtesy of the Queensland Government, Chief Information Office
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