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Queen's University

Winter 2012 Newsletter

Disaster Recovery Planning

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The onset of many disasters can be very sudden, allowing a minimum of time for preparation and recovery planning. Therefore, it is important that IT system administrators at Queen's University have a Disaster Recovery Plan (DRP) that will minimize system downtime and interruption of University operations.


The Office of the CIO has made available on the ITServices website disaster recovery templates to facilitate the development and maintenance of a Disaster Recovery Plan (DRP). The disaster recovery templates are located off the Standards & Guidelines web page under the link title, Disaster Recovery Planning Standard. The scope of the disaster recovery templates is limited to system recovery in the event of a disaster.


Queen’s University IT staff have a responsibility to ensure that disaster recovery plans are created, kept up-todate and are securely available when they are needed. The disaster recovery plan templates, when completed, are designed to allow IT administrators to:


  • prepare for a wide variety of defined IT-disabling disasters;
  • mitigate the impact of a disaster;
  • respond quickly; and
  • recover and re-establish normal operations.



A special thank you to the Security Community of Practice: Server Security Standards Group for establishing and compiling the disaster recovery templates to provide to the Queen's community.


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