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Disaster Recovery Accreditation

by Administrator on July 16, 2008

I got several emails yesterday that got me in a DR state of mind again.

First came a job offer from a headhunter offering me a big bucks position (can anyone live on just $100 K these days?) with a Tampa Bay company in search of a business continuity manager.  The catch was that I had to have a CBCP certification to apply.  Hmm.

I visited the website of the company selling these credentials and realized quickly that is was Disaster Recovery International (DRI).  I remember when this program was starting up, and it was a completely bogus effort to bilk money from practitioners who had a second-class-citizen complex because security guys had letters to add to their business card following their name and DR guys didn’t.  The founders said they would grandfather in practitioners for $450 a pop, then resell the list of names they gathered to vendors of products and services.  They asked for my support and I said words to the effect, “No Frackin Way.”

I have seen the organization around from time to time and blogged about them before.  Their original approach seems to have grown into a hugely expensive training and certification gig.  One of my guys, a 40 year practitioner, decided to test their credibility by taking the exam without the expensive course.  They hemmed and hawed about it, telling him that there was no way he could pass without the $20+ K of training.  He was over 90% on the test as I recall and the questions that they marked him down for were highly subjective.

Bottom line:  it concerns me when bullshit becomes institutionalized.  If you want a creditation — FOR FREE — check out our training at DMI, or attend one of the day long sessions I am doing with TechTarget around the country.  Vendors foot the bill for the venue, and attendees who sit for the course walk out with a certificate.

DR planning is a straightforward application of common sense, people.  All of this certification crap makes it sound like a byzantine practice known only to a handful of privileged practitioners.  BS.  Anyone with a knowledge of tech, access to the internet, good project management skills, lots of patience and tenacity, diplomatic skills and good communications ability — and budget — can build an effective business continuity plan.

By the way, we are busily recording all of our DMI certification training courses to video so we can distribute them, via, to the world.  Several vendors have asked me if we can dump the video to DVD so they can license it to give away to customers.  We’re all for it.

DR, another one of my sites, is beginning to build out an inventory of guidance that anyone can access who needs to do this stuff.  Visit it and tell us what info you need and we’ll add it.  I am also writing a fourth edition of Disaster Recovery Planning as a blook for free distribution via the web and encouraging feedback on the content.  We will wrap it all up in a nice package once complete and give it to Pearson Prentice Hall to publish.

DR Planning 4/e being developed as a blook.

DR Planning 4/e being developed as a blook.

The second email has me concerned in another way.  Somebody is prepping a conference to “help U.S. businesses and government agencies meet the guidelines set forth by Title IX, Private Sector Preparedness amendment to the Homeland Security Act.” I did some background research into Title IX and it is actually a bit perturbing. I sense that one of the certification entities is going to try to get their credential certified by the Fed as the only road to professional planning. That scares me.

I welcome any input from folks who are knowledgeable about the political machinations behind this new government thrust into the wonderful world of DR/BCP. Who’s driving it? What are the objectives?

Frankly, I like the idea of government seeking to raise awareness of the need for planning.  I am just not sure that they should be certifying anyone’s preparations unless it becomes a gating factor on providing disaster recovery assistance post-disaster (FEMA, SBA loans, etc.)  I’m still a little uneasy about the notion that the government should be in the DR business.  Emergency relief for citizens, yes.  Recovery financing for businesses, maybe.


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chrisdevlin March 20, 2012 at 3:24 am

Disaster Recovery solutions provides business continuity services by protecting your valuable datas from power failures, natural disaster etc.

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