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Best Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Certifications in 2018

Best Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Certifications in 2018
By , Mary Kyle

Business continuity and disaster recovery certifications are seeing a healthy uptrend as cloud-based Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery tools enter the market. While business continuity and disaster recovery have always been important to organizations, they're becoming ever more critical, and IT certifications are close behind. Here are the best business continuity and disaster recovery certifications.

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 interruptions or faults; DR brings systems back to normal operation after a disaster has occurred.

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

This probably explains why we're in something of a heyday for BCP and DRP certifications, as that IT niche explodes with investment and activity. Given that costs and complexities of designing, implementing and maintaining 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 for which employers require relevant certifications. This snapshot in time gives you an idea of what employers are looking for in the real-world job market and indicates ample 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. To pick those leaders, we looked at the state of BC and DR certification, examined various market and salary surveys, and performed an informal job board survey that reveals the number of job posts across the U.S. in which our featured certifications were mentioned on a given day.

Job Board Search Results (in alphabetical order, by certification)*

CertificationSimplyHiredIndeedLinkedIn Jobs

*See our complete methodology for selecting top five certifications in the "Best Certifications" series.

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 absent in this table 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. Many of those results don't apply to the CBCM or C/DRE certification.

According to Simply Hired, disaster recovery managers earn an average of about $89,000 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 $140,000 on the high end.