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Any break in the operations of an organization due to failure in IT which forms the core of its business can lead to loss of business reputation as well as to legal trouble Disaster management helps the organization to restore its business operations to the normal working level in the event of any disaster Damage to the IT infrastructure can be caused by many factors including electronic warfare such as cyber terrorism virus malware or hacking The paper looks into the disaster management strategy to be formulated by an organization to recover from a disaster Disaster management includes risk analysis business impact analysis recovery strategy recovery plan testing and maintenance The paper also discusses the use of security management models to mitigate the security risk to IT infrastructureKeywords Disaster mission-critical risk assessment business impact analysis ISOTEC standards NISTIntroductionDisasters can be natural such as hurricanes tornados earthquakes floods fires tsunamis lightening volcanoes wildfires etc that are caused by the forces of nature National Geographic 2013 Disasters can also be man-made such as terrorist attacks riots fires electricity failures civil disturbances etc Electronic warfare such as cyber terrorism virus malware and hacking may lead to disaster paralyzing the information technology IT infrastructure of the organization The disaster may cause total damage to the system make part of system nonfunctional or prevents users from accessing the system Many mission-critical applications are now run using IT systems such as electric power supply systems aircraft navigation systems online trading etc Continuity of operations is important for them in the event of any unforeseen occurrence The failure of IT operation centers or data centers can become the single-most cause of business failure as most have IT at core of their operations The protection of IT infrastructure is necessary to avoid total system collapse in the event of any disaster The breakdown of the IT system running mission-critical applications can have not only financial and legal implications but loss of reputation as
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