Certified Disaster Recovery Engineer Certification - 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.

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