MAP-23, How to Prepare an EDP Contingency
Plan for Business Continuity

by J.F. Kuong and G.I. Isaacson

Price: $99 plus $6 North America - $114 Overseas.  Hard cover
ISBN 0-940706-18-0

This one-of-a-kind publication shows you how to prepare your own business-oriented contingency and recovery plan, how to document it and test it and how to keep it up-to-date. The authors provide invaluable practical information based on many years of experience. Join the Contingency Planning & Recovery Institute and obtain this book free.


  1. Why Have an EDP Contingency Plan?
  2. Threats to Business Continuity from EDP.
  3. Need for Risk Analysis.  Protection Cost-effectiveness.  The Risk Analysis Method.
  4. What Posture Should Management Take?  Management Responsibility and Murphy's Law.  Contingency Planning as another form of insurance.  Management posture.
  5. Initiating and Preparing The Contingency Plan.  Initial Steps.  Selling the Plan.  Business   continuity Policy.  Business orientation.  Organization.   Critical applications.
  6. Emergency Measures and Practices.  Key components.  Emergency: classification, evacuation, declaration, damage containment.  Disaster Control Center. Damage Assessment.  Liaison with outside agencies.  Disaster area clean-up.  End of emergency period.  Reporting.
  7. Stand-By User Business Continuity Provisions.  Components.  Operational Capability.  Initiating stand-by procedures.  Stand-by processing alternatives.   Activating standby capabilities.  Determining critical applications.   Tasks and detailed considerations.
  8. Backup Provisions.  Key elements.  Backup schemes (mutual aid, third-party cooperative arrangements, service bureaus, vendor facility, empty shell, etc.) Backup provisions.
  9. Recovery Procedures.  Key elements.  General procedures.  Briefing the conversion team.  Moving recovery materials.  Accepting, testing and starting up the new facilities.  Gradual and full restoration of services.  Recovery steps.
  10. Steps After the Recovery.  Final Report.  Tying Loose Ends.  Non-critical systems.
  11. Contingency Plan Documentation.  Documentation responsibility.  Automating the documentation.  Team procedures.  Plan distribution.  Sample table of contents.
  12. Updating & Testing the Contingency Plan & Training Considerations.


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