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Certified Disaster Recovery Engineer Disaster

Course Overview

4 Days $2,500 32 CPE Credits


When a business is hit by a natural disaster, cyber crime or any other disruptive tragedy, how should it react? What if the office 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 businesses’ 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.



The National Security Agency has validated the C)DRE for the following security standard:

CNSSI-4016: National Information Assurance Training Standards for Risk Analysis


Upon Completion

Students will:

    • Understand the principles of business continuity and disaster recovery planning.
    • Have a first draft of their own business continuity and disaster recovery plan.
    • 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 plan. The instructor will be spend time advising each student as they work their individual DR/BC plans. Before leaving, the instructor will also adviise students on what information they need from their businesses to finish their plans.

The course kit included with the course includes the following:

C)DRE Student Workbook (339 pages) Key Concepts/Definitions Booklet
Case Studies Mile2® T-shirt & Pen

Click on a module to view its agenda.

1: Welcome to Disaster Recovery Training

mile2® Class Training Overview
mile2® Course Road Map
mile2® Brochure
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

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 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

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 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

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
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

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 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

6: 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

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

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

9: Execution 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

10: 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

11: Pandemics

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


Class Format Options

Mile2 offers courses around the year and around the globe. You can attend a course in 3 ways:

    1. Instructor-led Classroom: Attend in person.
    2. Live-virtual Training: Attend the Instructor-led class remotely.
    3. Computer-based Training: Access the course through pre-recorded videos 24/7 at your convenience.


Who Should Attend

The Certified Disaster Recovery Engineer course is designed for those understand business and its different processes, including the role that IT. We recommend those who take this course to have experience in risk, fascilities, 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.


Exam Information

The Certified Disaster Recovery Engineer Certification Exam is taken online through Mile2’s Assessment and Certification System (“MACS”), which is accessible on your account. The exam will take 2 hours and consist of 100 multiple choice questions. The cost is $400 USD and must be purchased from the store on

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