Certified Disaster Recovery Engineer Certification (Self-Paced or Instructor-Led Live) - C)DRE Course Outline

(4 Days )


* This class is also available as a self-study package with 12 months of class access and an exam


When a business is hit by a natural disaster, cyber crime or any other disruptive tragedy, how should the organization react? What if the network 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 is found in the vendor neutral Certified Disaster Recovery Engineer certification 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’ critical operations running, which today relies heavily on its IT infrastructure.


The comprehensive CertifiedDisaster Recovery Engineer course goes beyond traditional BCP training – preparing students for industry certification in Business Continuity planning, and presenting the latest methodologies and best practices for real-world systems recovery. Students will receive a solid foundation of instruction that will enable them to create meaningful business continuity plans.


This course offers up-to-date information that has been developed by leading risk management professionals.</p

Audience Profile


    • IS Security Officers


    • IS Managers


    • Risk Managers


    • DR & BCP engineers


    • Information Systems Owners


    • IS Control Assessors




    • A minimum of 1 year of Information Systems or IS Management


At Course Completion

Upon completion, Certified Disaster Recovery Engineer students will be able to establish industry acceptable DR & BCP standards with current best practices and policies. Students will also be prepared to competently take the C)DRE exam.

Course Outline

Module 1 – Welcome to Disaster Recovery Training


mile2 Brochure


CDRE Agenda


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


Importance of BCP


Disaster Recovery Planning (DRP)


Emergency Response


BC/DR Trends


Purpose of BC/DR Program


Challenges to Effective BCP


BCP Planning Phases


BCP Planning Phases


Where does Project Initiation fit into the Process?


Project Initiation Phase


BC/DR Program Life Cycle






Module 2 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 Time Objective


Recovery Time Examples


Recovery Point Objective


BIA Process- Disaster Mode Staffing


BIA Process – Capacity & Performance Objectives


BIA – Getting Started


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






Module 3 – 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 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 Analysis


Risk Assessment Report


Compiling a Risk Assessment Report


Risk Analysis Summary




Module 4 – 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


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




Module 5 – IT Recovery Strategies


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 Backups


Tape Vault Facilities


Disk Backups


DIY Disk Backups


Backup Appliance


Data Archiving


Systems Replication


SAN Replication


Virtual Server Replication


Application Redundancy


Voice & Networking Strategies


Alternate Recovery Sites


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


DR Plan Design




Module 6 – Implementation Phase




BCP Planning Model


BCP Planning Phases


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 Awareness & Training fit into the Process?


Awareness & Training




Module 7 – 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




Module 8 – 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




Module 9 – Pandemics




What is a Pandemic?


Pandemic Frequency


Quick Facts


Effects on Business


Who Should Plan for Pandemic Influenza?


Develop a Disaster Plan


Develop a Disaster Plan


Planning Checklist




HR Travel Policies


Physical Resources




Pandemics – Work from Home