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Contingency plan in the event of defacement / natural calamity

 

The website of a Government Department is its presence on the Internet and it is very  important  that  the  site  is  fully  functional  at  all  times.  It is expected of the Government websites to deliver information and services on a 24x7 basis.

Hence, all efforts are   made to minimise the downtime of the website as far as possible. It is therefore necessary that a proper Contingency Plan MUST be prepared in advance to handle any eventualities and restore the site in the shortest possible time. The possible

 

Defacement of the website:  

 

All possible security measures have been taken for  IIRR website to prevent any possible defacement/hacking by unscrupulous elements. However, if despite the security measures in place, such an eventuality occurs,  a proper contingency plan is there, which will   immediately come into force. If it has been established   beyond   doubt   that   the   website   has   been   defaced,   the   site   will   be immediately  blocked.  The  contingency  plan  clearly  indicates  authorized  person  to decide on the further course of action in such eventualities. The complete contact details of  this  authorised  person  is  available  at  all  times  with  the  web  management  team. Efforts should be made to restore the original site in the shortest possible time. At the same time, regular security reviews and checks should be conducted in order to plug any loopholes in the security.

 

Data Corruption:

 

A proper mechanism has been written by IIRR web management team   to ensure that appropriate and regular back-ups of the website data are being taken. These enable a fast recovery and uninterrupted availability of the information in view of any data corruption.

Hardware/Software Crash: Though such an occurrence is a rarity, still in case the server on which the website is being hosted crashes due to some unforeseen reason, there  is    enough  redundant  infrastructure  available  to  restore  the  website  at  the earliest.

Natural Disasters:

 

There could be circumstances whereby due to some natural calamity, the entire data center where the website is being hosted gets destroyed or ceases to exist. A well planned contingency mechanism has been placed and the website is switched over with minimum delay and restored on the Net. Apart from the above, in the  event  of  any  National  Crisis  or  unforeseen  calamity,  Government  websites  are looked upon as a reliable and fast source of information to the public. A well-defined contingency plan for all such eventualities are  in place with IIRR so that the emergency information/contact help-lines could be displayed on the website without any delay. For this, responsible person has been identified and contact details of that person has been available with the institute at all times.

 

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