Business Continuity Plan for Blogs

After the post on Example Business Continuity Plan For Online Business , there was a mail discussion with a reader about whether it's at all relevant to Blogs. Here I would like to stress a fact. The blog hosting providers have BCP plans, but to recover THEIR services, not all blogs. A lost blog may be collateral damage, since it is after all- free service.
Here is a Business Continuity Plan for Blogs - It is actually the BCP of Shortinfosec, which I am using

SHORTINFOSEC BUSINESS CONTINUITY PLAN BEGINS

Incidents

  1. Loss of broadband link communication
  2. Loss of Hosting (Blogspot down)
  3. Loss of Hosting (Blogspot lost content)

Loss of broadband link communication
Time to wait before using BCP plan - 24 hours


  • Find alternative communication alternative choice
  • Use dial-up for connectivity - Time to achieve - Immediately
  • Use public hot spot at the Mall or Cafe - Time to achieve - 1 hour
  • Use GPRS from the iPhone
  • Publish the following message, post in the hotlink spot and as a first post:

We are experiencing difficulties in publication of new content. We
will continue with publication within the next 24 hours. In the meantime, please review our Archive

Total time of minimal function recovery - 1 hour after BCP activation

Total time of full recovery - 48 hours after BCP activation

Resources

  • Charged Laptop Battery
  • Charged iPhone
  • Modem within Laptop/PC
  • WiFi adapter for Laptop

Loss of Hosting (Blogspot down)

Time to wait before using BCP plan - 6 hours

  • Find alternative host and register - Time to achieve - 15 minutes
  • Wordpress http://wordpress.com/signup/
  • Typepad https://www.typepad.com/t/app/register
  • Choose a default template and Browse to see that it works - Time to achieve - 15 minutes
  • Login to feedburner and modify the feedburner path to new RSS feed - Time to achieve - 10 minutes
  • Publish post with content below - Time to achieve - 10 minutes
Title: Temporarily Moved We are experiencing difficulties in hosting of http://www.shortinfosec.net/. We are
working to resume normal operation. In the meantime, this is our temporary
home.
Please send your comments, questions and reactions to shortinfosec _at_ gmail dot com
  • Set-up the temp blog to accept the address http://www.shortinfosec.net/ - Time to achieve - 15 minutes
  • Log-On to DNS Hosting and redirect http://www.shortinfosec.net/ to new blog location - Time to achieve - 15 minutes
  • If the blogger problem persists more then 24 hours, post new content to new blog.
  • Wait for Blogger recovery, and if required restore template and content so the original site is available.
  • If blogger is not recovered within 48 hours, post old content as archive on the new site(PDF or backdated posts)

Total time of minimal function recovery - 80 minutes after BCP activation

Total time of full recovery - 48-72 hours after BCP activation

Resources

  • Charged Laptop Battery
  • Functioning Internet access (refer to incident 1)
  • URL and account name/password of DNS Hosting Service - written down on paper, in laptop bag, also saved in laptop
  • Current Backup of Blogspot XML Template - Backup Weekly and send as attachment to two web-mail services
  • Current Backup of custom Widgets - Backup Weekly and send as attachment to two web-mail services
  • Current Backup of Template Images and Icons - Backup Monthly and send as attachment to two web-mail services
  • Current Backup of Blogspot Posts - Subscribe to Feedburner to two web-mail services - Immediate Backup
  • Current backup of Downloads section - Backup Monthly and send as attachment to two web-mail services

Loss of Hosting (Blogspot lost content)
Time to wait before using BCP plan - 1 hour

  • Login to blogspot or re-register if account is lost - Time to achieve - 15 minutes
  • Choose a default template and Browse to see that it works - Time to achieve - 15 minutes
  • Login to feedburner and modify the feedburner path to new RSS feed (if changed) - Time to achieve - 10 minutes
  • Publish post with content below - Time to achieve - 10 minutes

Title: Temporarily Moved We are experiencing difficulties in hosting
of
http://www.shortinfosec.net/.
We are working to resume normal operation. In the meantime, this is our
temporary home. Please send your comments, questions and reactions to shortinfosec _at_ gmail dot com

  • Set-up the temp blog to accept the address http://www.shortinfosec.net/ - Time to achieve - 15 minutes
  • Log-On to DNS Hosting and redirect http://www.shortinfosec.net/ to new blog location - Time to achieve - 15 minutes
  • If required restore template and content so the original site is available.

Total time of minimal function recovery - 80 minutes after BCP activation
Total time of full recovery - 24- 48 hours after BCP activation

Resources

  • Charged Laptop Battery
  • Functioning internet access (refer to incident 1)
  • URL and account name/password of DNS Hosting Service - written down on paper, in laptop bag, also saved in laptop
  • Current Backup of Blogspot XML Template - Backup Weekly and send as attachment to two web-mail services
  • Current Backup of custom Widgets - Backup Weekly and send as attachment to two web-mail services
  • Current Backup of Template Images and Icons - Backup Monthly and send as attachment to two web-mail services
  • Current Backup of Blogspot Posts - Subscribe to Feedburner to two web-mail services - Immediate Backup
  • Current backup of Downloads section - Backup Monthly and send as attachment to two web-mail services

SHORTINFOSEC BUSINESS CONTINUITY PLAN ENDS

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