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DS11.5 - Backup and Restoration

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Backup and Restoration

Define and implement procedures for backup and restoration of systems, applications, data and documentation in line with business requirements and the continuity plan.

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Value Drivers

  • Corporate information properly restored
  • Enhanced backup management aligned with the business requirements and the backup plan
  • Safeguarding of data availability and integrity
  Risk Drivers
  • Disclosure of corporate information
  • Inability to recover backup data when needed
  • Recovery procedures failing to meet business requirements
  • Inability to restore data in the event of a disaster
  • Inappropriate time requirement for performing backups

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  1. Periodically identify critical data that affect business operations, in alignment with the risk management model and IT service as well as the business continuity plan.
  2. Define policies and procedures for the backup of systems, applications, data and documentation that consider factors including:
    • Frequency of backup (e.g., disk mirroring for real-time backups vs. DVD-ROM for long-term retention)
    • Type of backup (e.g., full vs. incremental)
    • Type of media
    • Automated online backups
    • Data types (e.g., voice, optical)
    • Creation of logs
    • Critical end-user computing data (e.g., spreadsheets)
    • Physical and logical location of data sources
    • Security and access rights
    • Encryption
  3. Assign responsibilities for taking and monitoring backups.
  4. Schedule, take and log backups in accordance with established policies and procedures.
  5. Ensure that systems, applications, data and documentation maintained or processed by third parties are adequately backed up or otherwise secured. Consider requiring return of backups from third parties. Consider escrow or deposit arrangements.
  6. Define requirements for onsite and offsite storage of backup data that meet the business requirements. Consider the accessibility required to back up data.
  7. Periodically perform sufficient restoration tests to ensure that all components of backups can be effectively restored.
  8. Agree on and communicate with the business or IT process owner the time frame required for restoration.
  9. Prioritise data recovery based on business requirements and IT service continuity procedures.

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