CompTIA Security Plus Mock Test Q392

Pete, the system administrator, is reviewing his disaster recovery plans. He wishes to limit the downtime in the event of a disaster, but does not have the budget approval to implement or maintain an offsite location that ensures 99.99% availability. Which of the following would be Pete’s BEST option?

A. Use hardware already at an offsite location and configure it to be quickly utilized.
B. Move the servers and data to another part of the company’s main campus from the server room.
C. Retain data back-ups on the main campus and establish redundant servers in a virtual environment.
D. Move the data back-ups to the offsite location, but retain the hardware on the main campus for redundancy.

Correct Answer: A
Section: Compliance and Operational Security

Explanation:
A warm site provides some of the capabilities of a hot site, but it requires the customer to do more work to become operational. Warm sites provide computer systems and compatible media capabilities. If a warm site is used, administrators and other staff will need to install and configure systems to resume operations. For most organizations, a warm site could be a remote office, a leased facility, or another organization with which yours has a reciprocal agreement. Warm sites may be for your exclusive use, but they don’t have to be. A warm site requires more advanced planning, testing, and access to media for system recovery. Warm sites represent a compromise between a hot site, which is very expensive, and a cold site, which isn’t preconfigured.

Incorrect Answers:
B: Moving the servers from the server room is not a viable option.
C: The data backups should also be available away from the main campus.
D: This will result in just having the data backups and no hardware on which to work – not 99.9% availability.

References:
Dulaney, Emmett and Chuck Eastton, CompTIA Security+ Study Guide, 6th Edition, Sybex, Indianapolis, 2014, p. 36