Disaster Recovery Process

Sean Donelan sean at donelan.com
Tue Oct 5 14:34:28 UTC 2021

On Wed, 6 Oct 2021, Karl Auer wrote:
> I'd add one "soft" list item:
> - in your emergency plan, have one or two people nominated who are VERY
> high up in the organisation. Their lines need to be open to the
> decisionmakers in the emergency team(s). Their job is to put the fear
> of a vengeful god into any idiot who tries to interfere with the
> recovery process by e.g. demanding status reports at ten-minute
> intervals.

A good idea I learned was designate separate "executive" conference room 
and "incident command" conference room.

Executives are only allowed in the executive conference room.  Executives 
are NOT allowed in any NOC/SOC/operations areas.  The executive conference 
room was well stocked with coffee, snacks, TVs, monitors, paper and 

An executive was anyone with a CxO, General Counsel, EVP, VP, etc. title. 
You know who you are :-)

One operations person (i.e. Director of Operations or designee for shift) 
would brief the executives when they wanted something, and take their 
suggestions back to the incident room.  The Incident Commander was 
God as far as the incident, with a pre-approved emergency budget 

One compromise, we did allow one lawyer in the incident command conference 
room, but it was NOT the corporate General Counsel.

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