REVIEW: "Guide to Disaster Recovery", Michael Erbschloe

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  1. BKGDDIRE.RVW 20041220

    "Guide to Disaster Recovery", Michael Erbschloe, 2003, 0-619-13122-5,
    %A Michael Erbschloe
    %C 25 Thomson Place, Boston, MA 02210
    %D 2003
    %G 0-619-13122-5
    %I Thomson Learning Inc.
    %O U$70.95/C$86.75
    %O tl i rl 2 tc 1 ta 2 tv 1 wq 2
    %P 367 p.
    %T "Guide to Disaster Recovery"

    Chapter one suggests that disaster recovery plans are important, and
    outlines a minimal structure, supported by some trivial illustrations.
    The list of personnel and roles for disaster planning is expanded in
    chapter two. Random ideas on risk assessment, as well as twenty-five
    pages of forms, are listed in chapter three. Chapter four raises
    various concerns to be addressed in priorizing recovery--and
    reproduces a number of additional forms. There are a number of
    points, in chapter five, that would be worth considering when
    preparing a disaster plan, but not all are essential, and there is not
    a clear plan to follow in order to avoid leaving gaps in your
    procedures. Communications with outside entities, primarily
    suppliers, is discussed in chapter six. Chapter seven is a melange of
    miscellaneous topics roughly related to incident response and
    cyberattacks. Various special situations, products, and businesses
    are touched on in chapter eight. The implementation factors
    considered in chapter nine are mostly to do with training. Chapter
    ten's review of testing gives us more forms and tables. Diverse
    factors that should be contemplated in regard to maintenance are
    raised in chapter eleven. Chapter twelve finishes off with assorted
    stories, that might possibly be related to the idea of followup.

    The core of the material presented in this book is quite limited, and
    could have been stated in a much smaller work. The illustrations and
    charts serve primarily to pad out the length of the work, and the
    excessive verbiage is probably for the same purpose. In comparison to
    a volume such as Toigo's "Disaster Recovery Planning" (cf.
    BKDIREPL.RVW), this text is bloated and of only limited utility.

    copyright Robert M. Slade, 2004 BKGDDIRE.RVW 20041220


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    Rob Slade, doting grandpa of Ryan and Trevor, Feb 16, 2005
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