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NSB: Disaster Recovery Policy

Two years into my employ with the North Slope Borough (after completing the bulk of my village travels), I focused on identifying areas in our organization that needed strengthening.  A vulnerable area which was defined could be illustrated in a single question: How would our organization proceed in the event of a natural disaster or catastrophic data failure?

Our division addressed this concern by developing and implementing a Disaster Recovery Policy.  I not only spearheaded this project, but worked closely with a subordinate to construct a 185-page (3 pages redacted) document.  The two of us presented our policy to the North Slope Borough and after approval implemented the first Disaster Recovery Policy on the slope.

NSB Disaster Recovery

The following is an excerpt:

The increasing dependency on computers and telecommunications for operational support poses the risk that a lengthy loss of these capabilities could seriously affect the overall performance of the organization. A risk analysis that was conducted identified several systems as belonging to the critical Level of Disaster, comprising those functions whose loss could cause a major impact to the organization instantly. This risk assessment process will be repeated on a regular basis to ensure that changes to our processing and environment are reflected in recovery planning.

NSB administration recognizes the low probability of severe damage to data processing telecommunications or support services capabilities that support the organization. Nevertheless, because of the potential impact to NSB, a plan for reducing the risk of damage from a disaster however unlikely is vital. The NSB Disaster Recovery Plan is designed to reduce the risk to an acceptable level by ensuring the restoration of Critical processing within 1 week, and all essential production within 48 hours of the outage.