IT Disaster Recovery and Planning – An Introduction


Disaster Recovery Plan

Here’s a statistic that should scare you if you’re in IT, a business owner, or both. It comes from a study done by the National Fire Academy in the 1990s and it’s as true now as it was then. What the study shows is that in time of Fire (or disaster), 95% of all businesses will never reopen. There’s another piece to that goes something to the effect that the longer it takes a business to reopen, the less likely it ever will. The reasons cited for this are varied, bust simply, in most cases the business failed to plan or expect the worse to happen. Many didn’t know how, many planned wrong, and others, when it came push to shove, found they just couldn’t do it. In this course, I intend to show you the basics for planning, deal with some of the myths, and present options for you to consider. I will give you the tools so your business will reopen following the unexpected.


2 hours


In this course, we’ll try to set the basics for Disaster Planning and Recovery. The following items will be covered:

  • Identify a disaster – Yes, there are different degrees to this one
  • Threats – knowing those you can do something about, and those you can’t
  • The four aspects to planning – Mitigation, Planning, Response, and Recovery
  • Information you better have – the things we expect to have, but might be ashes
  • Identifying information you need to have – what do I need to backup?
  • Keeping your priorities straight – how to keep your eye on the recovery ball
  • Things to do during recovery – it’s all about communication
  • Things to do after recovery – after action reviews
  • Resources you probably didn’t think of


Richard Muniz, the Founder of RJM Computer Consulting LLC

Richard Muniz

I spent almost 6 years doing disaster planning and response to disasters for counties in Colorado, and very early in the game I realized one thing. If something happens to a community, and the businesses don’t come back or reopen quickly, it’s over for that community. And it’s true, jobs are lost, revenue streams of revenue go elsewhere, the community follows. As I began to pursue this more, I began to find that the average business owner has no idea how to plan for things going wrong, what information they need to get things going again, or what their options are, or even if they had to plan. Part of this planning was working hand in hand with local businesses, schools, and government to make sure a community not only survived, but came back stronger than ever. For the past ten years I’ve worked closely with a number of public and private companies in an effort to improve their ability to recover from one disaster or another. It has been very rewarding.

Richard Muniz, the Founder of RJM Computer Consulting LLC, helped several companies prepare for SOX auditing, and also been in the middle of making sure they went well, providing information, and finding solutions to issues uncovered. Richard is a 15 year veteran in Systems Administration with experience ranging from Windows Administration to Virtualization to Security to Disaster Planning and Recovery and Cisco routing. A former detective and science major, Richard brings the ability to ask questions and to find answers in his field. Richard has several industry certifications and is also a teacher, having taught computer application courses for FEMA and the Colorado Fire Marshals office. He is as also an online teacher for Saisoft in California.