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CDRE - 1 - Certified Disaster Recovery Engineer


Duration: 4 Days




Delivery Method:

Software Assurance Value:

Microsoft CPE:

Course Information

Course Description

​When a business is hit by a natural disaster, cyber crime or any other disruptive tragedy, how should it react? What if the office of IT infrastructure is taken down? Will the business be able to continue operations? How much will it cost if the business is down during repairs?

The answer lies in the training of the Certified Disaster Recovery Engineer course. Disaster recovery and business continuity planning is the process of having a professional work with a business to prepare processes, policies and procedures to follow in the event of a disruption. The goal is to keep a business’s critical operations running, which today heavily relies on its IT infrastructure.

Students who take this course will be prepared to work with businesses to create and implement disaster recovery and business continuity plans.

Course Objectives

Upon CompletionStudents will:

Understand the principles of business continuity and disaster recovery planning.

Have a first draft of a business continuity and disaster recovery plan for their workplace.

Be ready to sit for the C)DRE certification exam.

Course Content

The C)DRE is a four day course that will cover disaster recovery and business continuity planning. It is comprised of 11 Modules. During the course students will perform different DR/BC exercises including spending all of the fourth day writing their own disaster recovery/business continuity plans. The instructor will provide guidance to each student as they work through their individual DR/BC plans. Before leaving, the instructor will also advise students on what information they need from their businesses to finish their plans.

Related / Follow-on Courses:

C)IHE: Incident Handling Engineer

Course Audience

​We recommend those who take this course to have experience in risk, facilities, or security management. At the very least students should have equivalent experience and knowledge of what is covered in our C)SS: 

  • Security Sentinel course.
  • IT Professional
  • Chief Technology Officer
  • System Administrator
  • Disaster Recovery Professional
  • Business Continuity Professional
  • Risk Consultant

Course Outline

​Welcome to Disaster Recovery Training

CDRE Agenda


The CDRE Exam


Introduction to Business Continuity Planning

What is a Disaster?

What is a Critical Business Function?

Business Continuity Planning (BCP)

Importance of BCP

Disaster Recovery Planning (DRP)

Emergency Response

BC/DR Trends

Purpose of BC/DR Program

BCP Overview

Challenges to Effective BCP

BCP Planning Phases

Where does Project Initiation fit into the Process?

Project Initiation Phase

BC/DR Program Life Cycle


Business Impact Analysis

BCP Planning Model

BCP Planning Phases

Where does BIA fit into the Process?

What is a BIA?

BIA Scope, Goal, and Objectives

BIA Terminology

Maximum Tolerable Downtime

Recovery Point Objective

Recovery Time Objective

Recovery Time Examples

BIA Process

BIA Process- Disaster Mode Staffing

BIA Process: Capacity & Performance Objectives

BIA Tools

Kick off Meeting

Preparing for the BIA Interviews

Conducting the Interviews


Notes on Data Collection

Identify Dependencies

Finalize Data Analysis

BIA Report

Presentation to Senior Management

Risk Analysis

BCP Planning Model

BCP Planning Phases

Where does the Risk Analysis fit into the Process?

Functional Requirements

Threats to Business Process

Causes of Unplanned Downtime

Risk Examples

Risk Analysis Terminology

Risk Analysis Activities

Exposure Inventory

Business Process Inventory

Business Process Documentation

Statement of Risk

ALE Annualized Loss Expectancy

Statement of Risk

Risk Control Definition

Identifying Existing Controls

Physical Controls

Risk Analysis

Risk Assessment Report

Compiling a Risk Assessment Report

Risk Analysis Summary

Design & Development Phase (BCP Strategies)

BCP Planning Model

BCP Planning Phases

Where does BCP Strategies

fit into the Process?

Strategy Process

BCP Strategies


BCP Planning Phases

Where does BIA fit into the Process?

Design & Development Phase

BCP Design

Emergency Response & Operations

Emergency Response Components

Develop ER Procedures

ER Sources for Assistance

BCP Design

Alternate Recovery Site

Selecting Vendors

for DR/BC Services

Site Recovery & Resumption

Restoration of Primary Site

Return to Primary Site

Continuity Strategy: Insurance

Evaluate Insurance Terms

BCP Design


IT Recovery Stratergies

BCP Planning Model

BCP Planning Phases

Where does IT Strategy fit into the Process?

IT Recovery Strategy Process

IT Recovery Strategies

Examples of IT Recovery

Tape Vault Facilities

Disk Backups

Replicated Disk Backups

Deduplicated & Replicated Backups

Backups: Replicated & Deduplicated

Data Archiving

Systems Replication

Application Redundancy

Telecommunications Strategies

Alternate Recovery Sites

Internal or Vendor BC/DR Services

Selecting Vendors for BC/DR Services

Evaluating Vendors of DR/BC Resources

Critical Factors

IT Recovery Strategies Assessment

IT Recovery Strategies


BCP Planning Phases

Where does IT Strategy fit into the Process?

DR Plan Development

DRP Design

DR Plan Development

DR Plan Design


Implementation Phase

BCP Planning Model

BCP Planning Phases

Where does BIA fit into the Process?

Where does Implementation fit into the Process?

Implementation of BCP

Responsibility for BCP Implementation

Determine Cost Estimates

Management Approval and Funding

Install & Configure

Detailed Documentation

Implement Operational Changes

Procure Facilities & Services

BCP Planning Phases

Where does BIA fit into the Process?

Awareness & Training

Awareness Programs

Training Programs


Testing and Exercise

BCP Planning Model

BCP Planning Phases

Where does Testing and Drills fit into the Process?

Testing & Exercise Phase

Testing & Drills

Progression of Testing Types

Testing Participants

Test Script Example

Testing Post-Mortem


Maintenance and Updating 

BCP Planning Model

BCP Planning Phases

Where does Maintenance fit into the Process?

Maintenance Policies and Procedures

Plan Maintenance

Maintenance & Schedule Budgets

Software Tools for Maintenance

Input Criteria for Plan Maintenance

Plan Distribution & Security


Execuition Phase

BCP Planning Model

BCP Planning Phases

Where does the Execution Phase fit into the Process?

Execution Phase

Escalation Procedures

Disaster Declaration Procedures

Public Relations/Spokesperson Role

Typical Audiences

Audience Messages

Sources of Information

Incident Command Centre (ICC)

ICC Chain of Command

ICC Organization

Be Prepared to Work with Public Authorities

Executing the Plan


Cyber Attacks

Computer Crime & Cyber Attacks

Cyber Attack Scenarios

Northeast Cyber Attack Scenario

Economic Impact of Malicious Code Attacks

Including Cyber Attacks in Definitions of Terrorism

Domestic and International Terrorism

Department of Homeland Security Key Assets

Cyberspace Security Strategies

Expectations of Cyber Attacks

Cyber Attacks

Information Warfare

Considerations for Developing Information Warfare Procedures

Protection Against Cyber Attacks

Cyber Attacks

Evolving Privacy Laws

How Computer Systems are Attacked

Types of Computer Attacks

Developing Procedure in the wake of a Security Breach

Cyber Attacks

Developing Procedures for Working with Law Enforcement

Cyber Attacks

Developing Procedures to Determine Economic Losses

Cyber Attacks

Developing Procedures to Ease IT Recovery

Types of Systems and Networks

Recovery of Small Computer Systems

Recovery of Large Computer Systems

Network Recovery

Establishing a Computer

Incident Response Team

Cyber Attacks

Important Points 1

Important Points 2

Important Points 3



What is Pandemic Influenza?


Quick Facts

Why use BCP/DRP for Pandemic Influenza?

Planning Approach

Critical Services

Additional Impacts of Pandemic

Areas to Plan for


Planning Issues per Stage

Stage 4 Communications

HR Policies

Stage 3 HR Travel Policies

Stage 3 Government Relations

Stage 3 Physical Resources

Stage 3 & 4 Physical Resources

Stage 4 Physical Resources

Pandemics: Work from Home


Course Prerequisites

​C)SS: Security Sentinel

OR Equivalent Experience

Course Schedule
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