PDP-2 – Restore Testing

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What is PDP-2 – Restore Testing Control?

The PDP-2 – Restore Testing, ensures that the organization can retrieve backup data regularly. Restore testing is performed more frequently than disaster recovery testing. 

There is no formal test required. This is left to the discretion of each organization. The organization must identify the critical data that needs to be recovered and perform a test of this recovery at least quarterly.

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Control implementation

To implement this control,

Perform a data recovery to confirm that backup data will be available in the event that the main database is unavailable. Document your step-by-step process in a ticket.

Repeat the test at least quarterly.

What evidence do auditors look for?

Most auditors, at a minimum, are looking for the below-suggested action:

  1. Provide before and after screenshots of the data recovery, demonstrating that the data was recovered from one point to another (typically documented in a ticketing system).
  2. Provide a screenshot showing the tracking of all the restore tests performed.

Evidence example

For the suggested action, an example is provided below:

  1. Provide before and after screenshots of the data recovery, demonstrating that the data was recovered from one point to another.
    The following screenshot shows TrustCloud’s sample ticket, which includes the restore strategy, the before and after, and the restore results.
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  2. Provide a screenshot showing the tracking of all the restore tests performed.
    The following screenshot of the EC2, S3, and RDS backup restore examples should be included as an attachment to the restored ticket.
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    The following screenshot shows an S3 versioning example.
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    The following screenshot shows an RDS example.
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