A model information systems contingency plan for universities: case of university of Nairobi
Karugu, Godfrey C
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Information systems are vulnerable to a variety of attacks such as power shortages, disk failure, equipment destruction, fire and terrorist attack. It is therefore important to undertake IS contingency planning to safeguard against loss caused by such attacks. The study was to develop a model information systems contingency plan for universities. A cases study of the University of Nairobi was taken. The study was conducted through a cross sectional descriptive case study. A questionnaire was used to collect primary data from the selected population. One questionnaire was administered to end users of information systems at the University of Nairobi. A different questionnaire was administered to the technical staff. The population of the study was all the end users of information systems at the University of Nairobi and 112 technical staff who work at the ICT Center. Applying a formula for determining sample size, a sample of 68 end users and 68 technical staff were selected using stratified sampling. Findings from end users indicated that business impact analysis, recovery strategies formulation, plan testing, conducting staff awareness program and plan maintenance are crucial steps in coming up with an IS contingency plan. The study found out that the most critical information systems at the University of Nairobi were the Student Management Information System, followed by Human Resource Management Information System and the Financial Management System. The minimum IT resources that are required to support the critical information systems include; authentication server, web server which supports the three critical IS systems identified (SMlS, HRMlS, FIMS), database server, e-mail server, student database, LANIWAN with associated routers, hubs and fiber connections, and power supply. The study developed an IS contingency plan which incorporated the BIA output, recovery procedures and plan appendices.
CitationMaster of Science in Information Systems
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University of NairobiSchool of Computing and Informatics