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Risk Management Disaster Recovery Information Systems and Services
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Function, Project, Program, Organization, Activity:

Risk Management: Disaster Recovery - Information Systems and Services (ISAS)

Reason(s) Why Audit Is Needed:

ISAS's disaster recovery process has never been audited. The Office of the Internal Auditor is aware of the preparations that were performed during the University's activities to prepare for the Y2K effort. We understand that the Y2K work resulted in "the" disaster recovery program for ISAS, as well as the computer environment at the University.

Audit Objectives:

The objective of the audit is to obtain an understanding of ISAS's disaster recovery plan and the procedures that the Information Systems and Services office will implement if a "disaster" occurs. Our initial audit work will not be an in-depth assessment of the recovery plan. Our initial work will be characterized by high-level questions similar to, "What is considered a 'disaster' that will trigger implementation of the disaster recovery plan?', "Has the plan been tested?", "Will the University use a "hot site?, etc. The results of our initial work will dictate whether or not the Office of the Internal Auditor seeks outside expertise to perform a more thorough and technically sound review.

Priority: High


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