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MGMT 404 : Business Continuity & Disaster Recovery Planning

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College of Business (WBUAD)
Business Continuity & Disaster Recovery Planning
Every year, nearly one in five businesses, non-profit and government activities suffer major disruptions to their ongoing operations because of catastrophic failures in their critical information systems. And although information systems and their technologies can provide some measure of "fail-safe" capabilities, without management attention to business continuity planning, the organization is putting its institutional life at risk! This course addresses the strategic, tactical and day-to-day operational planning and implementation of an integrated set of plans that assure the long-term survivability of the organization's ability to keep doing business in the face of major malware threats, natural disasters, or man-made hazards that could cripple or destroy the information flow that business decision making depends upon. In doing so, the course places contingency planning and response into a solid information risk management and information security framework. By focusing on critical information flow - and how people use information systems and technologies to make and carry out decisions before, during and after disaster strikes - the course sheds light on critical decisions that organizations must make, both technology issues and technology-independent considerations.

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to contingency planning, more specifically the aspects of incident response, disaster recovery, and business continuity. The course covers the planning processes and the managerial issues associated with contingency planning. It helps students understand how to assess the risk to continuity of business in an organization, and how to develop a Business Continuity/Disaster Recovery Plan according to industry standards and best practices.

Upon course completion, the student will be able to:1. Understand hazards and disasters and their implications on organizations, and explain the elements needed to begin the contingency planning process.2. Explain the relationship between information risk management and business continuity planning and preparedness, and how these relate to information security and assurance.3. Explain the fundamentals of organizational continuity planning, disaster recovery, and incident response.4. Explain the critical decisions organizations must make across these planning and execution timeframes.5. Identify organizational requirements for maintaining continuity of systems that support business operations and protect and restore data.6. Conduct business impact analysis and develop a contingency plan according to industry standards and best practices.7. Explain the elements, process, and techniques used to organize and conduct the incident response process.8. Explain the elements, process, and techniques used to organize and conduct the disaster recovery process.9. Explain the elements, process, and techniques used to organize and conduct the business continuity process.10. Explain the methods used to improve the business continuity plan and the steps taken to maintain the plan.

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ActivityPercent of Grade
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Undergraduate Grade Scale

90 - 100% A
80 - 89% B
70 - 79% C
60 - 69% D
0 - 60% F

Graduate Grade Scale

90 - 100% A
80 - 89% B
70 - 79% C
0 - 69% F
Peter O’Reilly - 2/16/2015
Aaron Glassman - 2/16/2015
Bobby McMaster
1-5 Bachelor of Science in Technical Management
1. Employ supervisory and management skills needed to effectively lead and support
others within a team environment across business functions. (BSTM PO-1)

2. Apply research to solve business problems and communicate the results effectively. (BSTM PO2)

3. Analyze and evaluate business functions and processes, identify needs, and structure business approaches using problem-solving, critical thinking, and established methodologies and standards. (BSTM PO-3)

4. Know key principles of business and management disciplines and their business applications; and the possible interrelationships to technical management practices especially in the field of aviation and aerospace. (BSTM PO-4)

5. Demonstrate a proficiency in identifying and solving problems related to the specialty areas of Information Systems, Information Security, Project Management, Logistics and Supply Chain Management, Engineering Science, or Occupational Safety and Health knowledge and the interrelationships to business and technical management practices. (BSTM PO-5)
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