• Online, Self-Paced
Course Description

This course prepares IT professionals for worst-case scenarios through the creation of a business impact analysis, business continuity plan, and disaster recovery plan.

Every organization is at risk of some type of interruption or disaster and must plan accordingly. This web-based course steps through three important protection plans: a business impact analysis (BIA), a business continuity plan (BCP), and a disaster recovery plan (DRP). The course is designed for business and IT professionals, and offers access to online resources including texts, case studies, lectures, and paper-based labs that duplicate real-world scenarios. Qualified instructors are available to answer questions about the content and theory.

For a given scenario, you will begin by identifying mission-critical applications and access to data requirements, and then perform a BIA utilizing a qualitative assessment approach. You will then develop the scope of a BCP, align the BIA with the BCP’s scope, and develop a BCP outline. Finally, you will learn about backup and recovery processes and the purpose of a DRP. This part of the course emphasizes the recovery time objective (RTO), an important metric for recovering data. You will define a process for recovery procedures, identify a backup solution for saving your own data, test and verify your backup, and explain how you can lower RTO with proper backup and recovery procedures.

Learning Objectives

  • Perform a business impact analysis (BIA) for a hypothetical educational institution.
  • Create a business continuity plan (BCP) for a hypothetical educational institution.
  • Develop disaster recovery backup procedures and recovery instructions.

Framework Connections

The materials within this course focus on the Knowledge Skills and Abilities (KSAs) identified within the Specialty Areas listed below. Click to view Specialty Area details within the interactive National Cybersecurity Workforce Framework.

Feedback

If you would like to provide feedback for this course, please e-mail the NICCS SO at NICCS@hq.dhs.gov.