Disaster recovery is the process of overcoming the critical incidents that happen naturally or unnaturally. Disaster recovery plans ensure the organization’s ability to remain operational in adverse situations. In cyber-security, disasters do happen in the form of cyber-attacks, natural calamities (like earthquake, flood, fire, etc.) or hardware failure. All these incidents affect the business continuity of organizations. Disaster recovery involves policies and procedures that protect the organization from the negative effects of such incidents. The policies may involve the strategies to handle the bad incidents and plans for keeping the organizations operational with no or minimal downtime. Many organizations focus on Business Continuity Plan (BCP) and often ignore the Disaster Recovery Plan (DRP). In reality, business continuity and disaster recovery are two concepts that are interlinked with each other. The business continuity takes care of business processes during or after the disaster. The disaster recovery plan focuses on the restoration and backup of IT-related services and infrastructure. Therefore, disaster recovery requires cyber-security professionals who are expert in disaster recovery and understands business continuity. Following is a brief overview of some high-level disaster recovery professional certifications that help organizations in identifying the disaster recovery professionals suitable for their organizations. Cyber-security professionals interested in disaster recovery-related jobs must consider these certifications to be considered for this highly-paid job.
EC-COUNCIL DISASTER RECOVERY PROFESSIONAL (EDRP)
The EDRP certification validates the individual’s knowledge and expertise in designing and implementing disaster recovery plans. The EDRP certified professionals are acknowledged for their abilities of planning, strategizing, implementing, and maintaining business continuity and disaster recovery plans. The certification educates the individuals about securing the organization’s data and implementing policies and procedures to restore the data in disastrous situations.
Who Should Avail EDRP
EDRP is designed for the following professionals.
- Disaster recovery consultants
- Business continuity consultants
- IT professionals working in Business Continuity/Disaster Recovery (BC/DC) domain
- IT risk managers
- Information security officers
- IT directors
How to Become EC-Council Disaster Recovery Professional
The candidates have to pass the EDRP exam based on the following format to become EDRP certified. There is no specific experience prerequisite to take the EDRP exam.
Exam Test Format: Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)
Exam Duration: 4 Hours
Exam Questions: 150
Passing score: 70%
Exam Delivery: ECC Exam Portal
EDRP Course Outline
EDRP exam is based on the following modules. EC-Council also offers a 5-day paid training to interested candidates.
Module 01: Introduction to Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity
Module 02: Business Continuity Planning (BCP)
Module 03: Business Continuity Management (BCM)
Module 04: Business Impact Analysis (BIA)
Module 05: Disaster Recovery Planning Process
Module 06: BCP Testing, Maintenance, and Training
Module 07: Risk Assessment
Module 08: System Recovery
Module 09: Data Backup Strategies
Module 10: Data Recovery Strategies
Module 11: Virtualization-Based Disaster Recovery
Module 12: Centralized and Decentralized System Recovery
CERTIFIED DISASTER RECOVERY ENGINEER (CDRE)
CDRE certification is offered by the Mile2 organization. Mile2 offers a variety of vendor-neutral cyber-security certifications. CDRE certification is also a vendor-neutral certification accredited by NSA CNSS 4011-4016. The certification is also approved by the FBI Cyber Security Certification Requirement List (Tier3). CDRE certification validates a candidate’s knowledge and ability to react to the situation when organizations are hit by natural disasters or cyber-attacks. The Certified Disaster Recovery Engineers are considered capable of designing policies and procedures to respond to the disruptions.
Who Should Avail CDRE
Mile2 organization recommends CDRE certification to the following professionals.
- DR/DCP Engineers
- Information System (IS) owners
- IS Managers
- Risk Managers
- IS Security Officers
- IS Control Assessors
How to Become Certified Disaster Recovery Engineer
Candidates interested in CDRE credentials are required to pass the following Mile2 exam.
Exam Delivery: Mile2’s Assessment and Certification System (“MACS”)
Exam Questions: 100
Exam Duration: 2 Hours
CDRE Course Outline
CDRE exam is comprised of the questions taken from the following modules. Mile2 offers 4-day training to cover these modules through instructor-led classroom facility or online sessions. A minimum of 1 year of experience is required in Information Systems or IS management to register for the following CDRE course.
Module 01: Welcome to Disaster Recovery Training
Module 02: Risk Analysis
Module 03: Business Impact Analysis
Module 04: BCP Strategies
Module 05: IT Recovery Strategies
Module 06: Implementation Phase
Module 07: Maintenance and Updating
Module 08: Testing and Exercise
Module 09: Case Studies and Templates
Module 10: Pandemics
CERTIFIED BUSINESS RESILIENCE IT PROFESSIONAL (CBRITP)
The Business Resilience Certification Consortium International (BRCCI) is an iso 9001 certified institute that is providing business continuity and IT disaster discovery training and certification programs for about 14 years. The CBRITP certification by BRCCI assesses the competency and skills required to manage disaster recovery plans for network infrastructure and Information Technology (IT). The CBRITP certified professionals are considered experts in executing IT disaster recovery plan life-cycle (requirement study, designing phase, development, implementation phase, testing, maintenance, and execution).
Who Should Avail CBRITP
People working with the following roles and positions are highly encouraged to pursue CBRITP certification.
- IT DR Managers
- IT DR Consultants
- IT DR Auditors
- Chief Information Officers
- IT staff and managers
How to Become Certified Business Resilience IT Professional
CBRITP certification program requires passing the CBRITP exam. It is a multiple-choice questions exam with 2-hours allotted time. The candidates can either apply for only an exam or they can register for the CBRITP seminar + Exam bundle. The CBRITP seminar is a 3-day training program that covers the CBRITP exam related content. Candidates who fail to pass the CBRITP exam in the first attempt are granted another exam-retake opportunity with no extra charges. The second attempt must be made within one year of the first attempt.
DISASTER RECOVERY CERTIFIED EXPERT (DRCE)
DRCE certification is a venture of the Business Continuity Management (BCM) institute. Since its establishment in 2005, BCM institute offers training and certifications in Business Continuity Management (BCM), Disaster Recovery Planning (DRP), Crisis Management (CM), and Crisis Communication (CC). The training and certifications are provided at different levels, such as Planner, Specialist, Expert, and Auditor level. DRCE holders are regarded as experts in disaster recovery program management, crisis coordination, media handling, and raising awareness at different levels.
Who Should Avail DRCE Certification
- IT Disaster Recovery Managers
- Project Managers
How to Become Disaster Recovery Certified Expert
To become a DRCE certified, the candidates must complete a 2-day Disaster Recovery Planner (DRP) course followed by the DRCE exam. The DRCE exam has the following format.
Total Exam Questions: 150
Exam Format: Multiple Choice Questions
Exam Duration: 3.5 Hours
Passing Marks: 75%
The candidates must have at least 3-years’ experience working in DRP, BCM, and/or CM domain.