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Best Business Continuity And Disaster Recovery Certifications For 2017

Best Business Continuity And Disaster Recovery Certifications For 2017
By , Mary Kyle

Business continuity and disaster recovery certifications are seeing a healthy uptrend as new cloud-based BC/DR tools pepper the market. While business continuity and disaster recovery have always been important to organizations, they're becoming more critical, and IT certifications are following suit. Here are the best business BCP/DRP certs for 2017.

Credit: ShutterstockCredit: ShutterstockBusiness continuity (BC) and disaster recovery (DR) are the yin and yang of the IT world. BC keeps systems running and data available despite interruption, DR brings systems back to normal operation following a disaster.

Business continuity planning (BCP) and disaster recovery planning (DRP) remain important elements in IT governance and compliance, especially for corporations and organizations that must meet various mandates regarding privacy, confidentiality and availability of systems and data. With the increasing proliferation and use of cloud-based backup services — including a broad range of BC and DR offerings — BCP and DRP have become considerably more tractable, and occasionally less costly over the past five years.

This probably explains why we're in something of a heyday for BCP and DRP certifications, as the rest of that IT niche explodes with investment and activity. Given that the costs and complexities of designing, implementing and maintaining the technology platforms for BCP and DRP have gotten somewhat simpler and less burdensome, many more organizations are starting to venture into this area of IT.

We performed an informal online job board survey to identify the number of job postings in which the certs are mentioned or required by employers. This snapshot in time gives you an idea of what employers are looking for in the real-world job market and indicates a lot of opportunities for those interested in business continuity and disaster recovery.

Our top five certifications include the CBCP from DRI International, the CBCI from BCI (a UK-based organization), the C/DRE from Mile2, the CBCM from Certified Information Security and the EDRP from EC-Council.  

Table 1: Job Board Search Results

CertificationSimplyHiredIndeedLinkedIn Jobs
TechCareersTotal
CBCI2225
18
59
124
CBCP201
217
141
115
674
EDRP8
8
3
2
21

Note: The ISO 22301 Certified Business Continuity Manager (CBCM) and the Certified Disaster Recovery Engineer (C/DRE) certifications are also featured in this article. They are not listed here because unrelated certifications use the same acronym and/or the certification name is generic. Searching for "Certified Business Continuity Manager" resulted in more than 2,100 hits, and searching for "Certified Disaster Recovery Engineer" resulted in about 1,300 hits.

According to Simply Hired, disaster recovery managers earn an average of about $88,000 annually. However, salaries vary considerably depending on which job-related site you check. On the low end of the spectrum, earnings were reported in the mid-50s, while some sites reported earnings more than $141,000 on the high end.

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