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Phase2 Advantage has partnered with Savannah Technical College to offer several self-study cybersecurity courses for individuals who are not able to attend classroom-based certification programs. This format allows students to learn at their own pace, in a comfortable environment, and receive a 60% discount off classroom-based courses.  Enrolled students will have access to the Savannah Technical College Learning Management System for their course.

Certified Disaster Response and Recovery Specialist

Self-Study Online Training

Disaster Response and Recovery Specialist

Business Continuity and Disaster Response and Recovery is the development of processes, policies, and procedures that prepare for and react to significant and unplanned operational disruptions. The Disaster Response and Recovery Specialist certification course prepares students successfully manage Business Continuity Planning and Disaster Recovery missions.

Facing daily risks to long-term success from a wide range of threats — cyber-attacks, human error, technical failures, and natural disasters — businesses must create practical plans to sustain their vital operations, security posture, industry reputation, and brand.

Using 14 detailed chapters designed to align with academic calendars, students will cover critical topics such as BCP Design, Risk Management Frameworks, Qualitative and Quantitative Analysis, Asset Inventories and Resource Profiles, Recovery Site Workflows, Cloud Computing Agreements, Cloud Security, and Legal Requirements of Cloud Storage Solutions.

Immersive learning labs include Business Impact Analysis case studies and Risk Assessment exercises.  There are no prerequisites for this certification course.




Yes (via email)


24 / 7




Up to 6 Months

Course Training Materials

Course Textbook (US Students)

Textbook via Amazon (Non-US Students)

Course Lab Exercises

Practice Assessment Quizzes

40-Hour CPE Credit Certificate

Knowledge Assessment Examination

Knowledge Assessment Exam

Disaster Response Digital Badge

Upon completion of self-study courses, students will be prepared to sit for the knowledge assessment exam. The online examination will consist of True/False, Multiple Choice, and Fill in the Blank questions. The exam may be taken at any time within 6 months of purchasing the certification course.

Students will have two hours to complete a computer-based examination consisting of 100 questions. A score of 70% or higher is required to earn the certification. Upon successful completion of the exam, students will be sent a hardcopy of their certification and their CPE credit documentation via email (PDF format) within 72-hours of the exam date.

Students will be allowed to use their notes on content presented during the course as well as their course study materials.

Additional Information

NICE Cybersecurity Workforce Framework

The Certified Disaster Response and Recovery Specialist course is a component of the career progression track that supports the required Categories, Specialty Areas and Work Roles as defined by the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) Cybersecurity Workforce Framework.  It provides a common language to speak about cyber roles and jobs and can be referenced to define professional requirements in cybersecurity.







Course Outline and Knowledge Points

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  • The BCP and DRP Convergence
  • Key BCP and DRP Definitions
  • BCP Key Components
  • DRP Key Components
  • The Desired State of Security
  • The Evolution of Sustainable Policies
  • Roles of a Business Impact Analysis
  • Benefits of a Business Impact Analysis
  • Managing a BIA Project
  • Selecting a BIA Project Manager
  • BIA Data Collection
  • Presenting Results to Management
  • The Key Attributes of Risk
  • Risk Management Program Development
  • Asset Inventories and Resource Profiles
  • Risk Management Frameworks
  • Vulnerability Assessment vs. Risk Assessment
  • Third-Party Service Providers
  • Qualitative and Quantitative Analysis
  • Defining Severity Levels
  • Estimating Severity and Likelihood
  • Asset Value Considerations
  • Calculating SLE, ARO, and ALE
  • Sources of Respected Statistics
  • The EOC in Limited Emergencies
  • EOC Scope and Purpose
  • EOC Material Requirements
  • EOC Command Functions
  • EOC Control Functions
  • Mobile EOC Characteristics
  • Assembly Point Considerations
  • The Recovery Site Manager
  • Recovery Gantt Chart Functions
  • Work Area Considerations
  • Digital Communication Considerations
  • SMS Notification Methodologies
  • Seasonal Flu vs. Pandemic Flu
  • Flu Epidemics: Facts and Statistics
  • Influenza Questions and Answers
  • The Epidemic / Pandemic BCP Team
  • Epidemic / Pandemic Risk Assessment
  • Post-Epidemic / -Pandemic Considerations
  • The Benefits of Cloud-Based Recovery Solutions
  • Cloud Computing Characteristics
  • Defining the Existing Operational State
  • The Benefits of Cloud Computing
  • Cloud Computing Service Models
  • Cloud Computing Deployment Models
  • Cloud Platform Risks
  • Private and Public Cloud Risks and Threats
  • Vendor Lock-Out / Lock-In
  • IaaS / PaaS / SaaS Risks and Threats
  • Virtualization Risks and Threats
  • Cloud-Specific BIA Considerations
  • The Cloud Data Life Cycle (CDLC)
  • Volume and Object-Based Storage
  • The Content Delivery Network (CDN)
  • Foundations of Managed Cloud Services
  • Shared Responsibilities by Service Type
  • Lack of Physical Access and Auditing
  • Diverse Geographical Legal Jurisdictions
  • Organizational Cloud Policies
  • The Cloud in Enterprise Risk Management
  • Risk Management Frameworks
  • Risk Management Metrics
  • Contracts and Service-Level Agreements
  • Criminal and Civil Law
  • Administrative and International Law
  • The Doctrine of Proper Law
  • The EU Data Protection Directive
  • Personal and Data Privacy Issues
  • Forensic Requirements and Standards
  • General Contract Structures
  • The SLA and Contract Review Process
  • Provisions of an Enforceable Contract
  • General Contract Review Checklist
  • Common Myths and Misunderstandings
  • Contract Negotiation Strategies
  • Developing Testing Goals
  • The Benefits of BCP Testing
  • BCP Test Progressions
  • Potential Testing Scenarios
  • Training and Awareness
  • The Benefits of Certifying the BCP

Course Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion of the Disaster Response and Recovery Specialist course, participants will be able to:

  • CLO #01: Recognize the key components of business continuity and disaster response planning, map planning strategies to organizational objectives, describe appropriate authority documents, list challenges to the desired state of security, and describe the evolution of sustainable policies.
  • CLO #02: Explain the role and importance of a business impact analysis, tangible and intangible costs, data collection methods, BIA program management, key personnel considerations, exception and assumption workflows, and presenting BIA data results to organizational leadership.
  • CLO #03: Perform quantitative and qualitive analysis labs to calculate single and annual loss expectancy, estimate severity and likelihood probabilities, examine asset value considerations, and use sources of respected statistics to create SLE, ALE, and ARO models for the organization.
  • CLO #04: Compare disaster recovery options, describe recovery site management and workflows, and discuss the roles and importance of work area considerations, key personnel selection, validating successful recoveries, and digital communication systems and methodologies.
  • CLO #05: Organize a risk management program strategy focusing on key components such as risk management frameworks, asset inventories and resource profiles, analysis methodologies, vulnerability assessment, cost estimate challenges, and third-party service providers.
  • CLO #06: Evaluate cloud computing service models, architecture and security considerations, risks and threats posed to cloud services, regulatory and compliance requirements, cloud provider and customer responsibilities, and the structure of contracts and service level agreements.

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(912) 335-2217