Certified Disaster Recovery Engineer (CDRE)

ACCREDITED by the NSA CNSS 4011-4016

APPROVED on the FBI Cyber Securityert Cification Requirement list (Tier 1-3)

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Certified Disaster Recovery Engineer (CDRE)
Certified Disaster Recovery Engineer (CDRE)

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Course Details


When a business is hit by a natural disaster, cybercrime, or any other disruptive tragedy, how should the organization react? What if the network infrastructure is taken down? Will the business be able to continue operations? How much will it cost if the business is down during repairs? The answer is found in the vendor-neutral Certified Disaster Recovery Engineer certification course. Disaster recovery and business continuity planning is the process of having a professional work with a business to prepare processes, policies, and procedures to follow in the event of a disruption. The goal is to keep a business’ critical operations running, which today relies heavily on its IT infrastructure. The comprehensive Certified Disaster Recovery Engineer course goes beyond traditional BCP training -preparing students for industry certification in Business Continuity planning, and presenting the latest methodologies and best practices for real-world systems recovery. Students will receive a solid foundation of instruction that will enable them to create meaningful business continuity plans. This course offers up-to-date information that has been developed by leading risk management professionals.

What you’ll learn

  • Attribute the identified threats and risks to suspects
  • Accurately report the results
  • Detect security threats and risks
  • Design and implement a security solution to mitigate risk and threats


  • IS Security Officers
  • IS Managers
  • Risk Managers
  • DR & BCP engineers
  • Information Systems Owners
  • IS Control Assessors


  • The course does not have any formal pre-requisites, however, it is best-suited to the prospective candidates having one year of professional experience in managing information or IT systems.

All combos include:

  • Online Video
  • Electronic Book (Workbook/Lab guide*)*in all technical classes only
  • Exam Prep Questions
  • Exam


Module 1-Welcome to Disaster Recovery Training

  • CDRE Agenda
  • The CDRE Exam
  • Introduction to Business Continuity Planning
  • What is a Disaster?
  • What is a Critical Business Function?
  • Business Continuity Planning (BCP)
  • Importance of BCP
  • Disaster Recovery Planning (DRP)
  • Emergency Response
  • BC/DR Trends
  • Purpose of BC/DR Program
  • Challenges to Effective BCP
  • BCP Planning Phases
  • Where does Project Initiation fit into the Process?
  • Project Initiation Phase
  • BC/DR Program Life Cycle Summary

Module 2 – Business Impact Analysis

  • BCP Planning Model
  • BCP Planning Phases
  • Where does BIA fit into the Process?
  • What is a BIA?
  • BIA Scope, Goal, and Objectives
  • BIA Terminology
  • Maximum Tolerable Downtime
  • Recovery Time Objective
  • Recovery Time Examples
  • Recovery Point Objective
  • BIA Process-  Disaster Mode Staffing
  • BIA Process – Capacity & Performance Objectives
  • BIA – Getting Started
  • BIA Tools
  • Kick-off Meeting
  • Preparing for the BIA Interviews
  • Conducting the Interviews
  • BIA
  • Notes on Data Collection
  • Identify Dependencies
  • Finalize Data Analysis
  • BIA Report
  • Presentation to Senior Management
  • Summary

Module 3 – Risk Analysis

  • BCP Planning Model
  • BCP Planning Phases
  • Where does the Risk Analysis fit into the Process?
  • Functional Requirements
  • Threats to Business Process
  • Causes of Unplanned Downtime *
  • Risk Examples
  • Risk Analysis Terminology
  • Risk Analysis Terminology
  • Risk Analysis Activities
  • Exposure Inventory
  • Business Process Inventory
  • Business Process Documentation
  • Statement of Risk
  • ALE Annualized Loss Expectancy
  • Statement of Risk
  • Risk Control Definition
  • Identifying Existing Controls
  • Physical Controls
  • Risk Analysis
  • Risk Analysis
  • Risk Assessment Report
  • Compiling a Risk Assessment Report
  • Risk Analysis Summary

Module 4 – Design & Development Phase (BCP Strategies)

  • BCP Planning Model
  • BCP Planning Phases
  • Where do BCP Strategies fit into the Process?
  • Strategy Process
  • BCP Design
  • BCP Strategies
  • BCP Planning Phases
  • Where does BIA fit into the Process?
  • Design & Development Phase
  • Emergency Response & Operations
  • Emergency Response Components
  • Develop ER Procedures
  • ER Sources for Assistance
  • Alternate Recovery Site
  • Selecting Vendors for DR/BC Services
  • Site Recovery & Resumption
  • Restoration of Primary Site
  • Return to Primary Site
  • Continuity Strategy – Insurance
  • Evaluate Insurance Terms
  • Summary

Module 5 – IT Recovery Strategies

  • BCP Planning Model
  • BCP Planning Phases
  • Where does IT Strategy fit into the Process?
  • IT Recovery Strategy Process
  • IT Recovery Strategies
  • Examples of IT Recovery
  • Tape Backups
  • Tape Vault Facilities
  • Disk Backups
  • DIY Disk Backups
  • Backup Appliance
  • Data Archiving
  • Systems Replication
  • SAN Replication
  • Virtual Server Replication
  • Application Redundancy
  • Voice & Networking Strategies
  • Alternate Recovery Sites
  • Alternate Recovery Sites
  • Internal or Vendor BC/DR Services
  • Selecting Vendors for BC/DR Services
  • Evaluating Vendors of DR/BC Resources
  • Critical Factors
  • IT Recovery Strategies Assessment
  • IT Recovery Strategies
  • BCP Planning Phases
  • Where does IT Strategy fit into the Process?
  • DR Plan Development
  • DR Plan Design
  • Summar

Module 6 – Implementation Phase

  • BCP Planning Model
  • BCP Planning Phases
  • Where does Implementation fit into the Process?
  • Implementation of BCP
  • Responsibility for BCP Implementation
  • Determine Cost Estimates
  • Management Approval and Funding
  • Install & Configure
  • Detailed Documentation
  • Implement Operational Changes
  • Procure Facilities & Services
  • BCP Planning Phases
  • Where does Awareness & Training fit into the Process?
  • Awareness & Training
  • Summary

Module 7 – Testing and Exercise

  • BCP Planning Model
  • BCP Planning Phases
  • Where do Testing and Drills fit into the Process?
  • Testing & Exercise Phase
  • Testing & Drills
  • Progression of Testing Types
  • Testing Participants
  • Test Script Example
  • Testing Post-Mortem
  • Summary

Module 8 – Maintenance and Updating

  • BCP Planning Model
  • BCP Planning Phases
  • Where does Maintenance fit into the Process?
  • Maintenance Policies and Procedures
  • Plan Maintenance
  • Maintenance & Schedule Budgets
  • Software Tools for Maintenance
  • Input Criteria for Plan Maintenance
  • Plan Distribution & Security
  • Summary

Module 9 – Pandemics

  • What is a Pandemic?
  • Pandemic Frequency
  • Quick Facts
  • Effects on Business
  • Who Should Plan for Pandemic Influenza?
  • Develop a Disaster Plan
  • Develop a Disaster Plan
  • Planning Checklist
  • Communications
  • HR Travel Policies
  • Physical Resources
  • Contamination
  • Pandemics – Work from Home
  • Pandemics

Module 10 – Case Studies and Templates

  • Hospital Case Study
  • Pharmacy Case Study
  • BIA Worksheet
  • Inventory Worksheet
  • BCP Master Document


Accreditation’s & Acknowledgements

Mile2 is:

  • ACCREDITED by the NSA CNSS 4011-4016
  • MAPPED to NIST / Homeland Security NICCS’s Cyber Security Workforce Framework
  • APPROVED on the FBI Cyber Security Certification Requirement list (Tier 1-3)