Satellite control and network systems group disaster recovery plan

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Satellite Control and Network Systems Group Disaster Recovery Plan
Remote Tracking Stations (RTS) Block Change (RBC)

Jason A. Church

SECR 5080 – Information Systems Security
Mehrdad Sharbaf
December 15, 2009


1 Scope
1.1 Approach
2 Type of Disaster
2.1 Acts of Nature
2.1.1 Earthquake
2.1.2 Wind/Tornado
2.1.3 Cyber Attacks2.1.4 Classified data breach & removal of sensitive data
2.1.5 Catastrophic - Full destruction & scheduling work-around Use of Transportable in the event of lost mission capability
3. Facility Details (not addressed in this paper due to sensitive nature of information)
4. Recovery Team Identification
5. Disaster Preparation
5.1 Facility Recovery (excluded)
5.2 EquipmentReplacement
5.3 Backups
5.3.1 Testing of Backups

6. Initiation of Emergency Procedures
6.1 Disaster Recovery Plan Activation
6.2 Protection of Assets
6.2.1 Clean and Sanitize Area
6.2.2 Secure Sensitive and Valuable Material
6.2.3 Take Inventory
6.3 Damage Assessment
6.4 Recovery Planning
6.5 Restoration
6.6 Plan Review and Testing


Disaster recovery isthe process, policies and procedures related to preparing for recovery or continuation of technology infrastructure critical to an organization after a natural or human-act disaster. Disaster recovery planning is the effective preparation of those steps that will be necessary for recovery from a disaster or other crisis situation. The plan is the core of the whole planning exercise, and is ofcritical importance. Therefore, it is critical that incidents are managed successfully; the plan itself must be of the highest quality and be up to date. This disaster recovery plan takes into account the preparations for recovery should a disaster take place, assess strategies to reduce losses before and during a disaster, and detailed instructions to regain normalcy after a scenario has occurred.The disaster recovery plan addresses the United States Air Force’s Satellite Control Network modernized Remote Block Change Tracking Stations, which provide the key communication and control infrastructure for a multitude of U.S. operated satellites.

This disaster recovery plan is fashioned for the Satellite Control and Network Systems Group (SCNG). The SCNG is responsible for the modernizationand sustainment of the $10.4 billion Air Force Satellite Control Network (AFSCN) including two control nodes & nine worldwide Remote Tracking Stations (RTS). The group executes $2.1 billion program to support 24/7/365 launch, on-orbit, and anomaly resolution operations for over 170 Department of Defense (DoD), National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), civil, & allied satellites conductingglobal navigation, intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance, weather, & communication missions for joint warfighters.


Figure [ 1 ]. Map of the Air Force Satellite Control Network
The SCNG is responsible for development and maintenance of ground systems in the Air Force Satellite Control Network (AFSCN) used by the United States Air Force (USAF) in the support of satellitecontacts and related events for customers in the USAF and other US agencies. The AFSCN consists of two Operational Control Nodes (OCNs), eight Remote Tracking Stations (RTSs), and numerous remote user locations, and systems and communications links connecting them. These systems include the hardware and software systems (made up of antennas, signal processors, etc.) associated with successfullycompleting the satellite contacts and support systems for allocating, initializing, and managing the resources making up those systems. These systems include the local area networks (LANs) at each of the AFSCN sites, and utilize wide area network (WAN) links that are provided and managed by the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA).


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