Definition: Data recovery is directly related to maintaining the continuity of business operations. The process first requires that mission critical information be documented, backed-up and classified. Next, a security infrastructure must be built that assures information that is available for decision-making in a timely manner. Doing so is dependent upon the creation and implementation of policies and procedures for backing up critical information. Formal back-up resources and off-site storage would be a part of the information restoration plan for an organization. Top management has a fiduciary responsibility to provide for a system’s resiliency.
Its Relevance: Attempted intrusions upon an information infrastructure will occur. Some will succeed. Damage to essential digital assets may be the results of such attacks. Restoring vital information from any such harm is critical to an organization’s to able to continue to do business and survive. Establishing a formal plan for the recovery of an information system to its pre-attack condition is a fundamental necessity for information assurance.