Business Impact Analysis, Disaster Recovery Planning, and
Disaster Recovery Testing for a
prepared a business impact analysis (BIA) for a large county’s elections office.
The BIA project involved detailed interviews of the office’s managers and
staff, interviews with county information technology (IT) staff, and collection
of critical forms for operation of the office’s voter registration and election
management functions. InfoSENTRY prepared a business impact analysis for
managers in the election office and
the BIA, InfoSENTRY worked with county officials to prepare a disaster recovery
plan for the county elections office and its critical IT capabilities. The plan
involves redundant processing capabilities for critical servers and client
platforms required to support the RTO requirements. It involves alternative
network routings with sufficient bandwidth to support core business data
communications during emergency and disaster conditions. The plan covers an
alternative site for data processing that is located in the northeast
Since 2000, InfoSENTRY has conducted annual tests of the disaster recovery plan. The first tests pointed to many shortcomings that threatened the ability of the elections office to carry out its mission in the face of disasters during critical periods. More recent tests continue to provide lessons and improvement opportunities. However, in the most recent tests this year, the county election and IT staffs were able to establish critical IT processing and communications capabilities at a remote facility hundreds of miles away from the office and complete successful processing steps within 24 hours of a test key disaster scenario.