It’s no substitute for a viable disaster recovery plan, but a continuity of operations training program for IT’s business partners is essential. Establishing a training program became even more relevant when an audit of the Student Administration Systems found that the business had no Continuity of Operation Plan. The Student Administration business partners turned to UITS to provide guidance in developing their plan.
The first time I conducted an overview presentation for the Student Administration Directors, I was told that I scared them. I showed them the photo of the burned out data center and let them know about our water based fire suppression system. At first, they didn’t believe me until the CIO confirmed the facts with them. Before I left UConn, I facilitated a 3-hour workshop with the Graduate School Dean and his administrative staff. I provided them with template for a Facilities Resilience Plan and a Pandemic Influenza Plan.I also recruited a few trainers who can carry on the program without me. I hope UConn continues this training program and it doesn’t fall by the wayside.
Continuity of Operations Training Documents and Templates
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- Continuity of Operations Training PowerPoints:
- Continuity of Operations Templates: