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Disaster recovery and business continuity plan

Originally Published:
Apr 2018

Natural and man-made disasters can jeopardize the operations and future of any company, so it’s critical to develop a plan to help ensure ongoing business processes in a crisis. This download explains what needs to go into your DR/BC plan to help your organization prepare for—and recover from—a potential disaster.

From the plan:

Objective
This Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity plan provides a roadmap that organizations can follow to implement sound disaster recovery and business continuity processes.

Audience
The plan is aimed at the IT department. The organization’s executive staff must cooperate and assist coordinating and supporting the plan’s design, implementation, and maintenance if the plan is to prove effective.

Purpose
This plan strives to achieve the following goals:

  • Ensure that the organization’s executives understand the need for a written disaster recovery and business continuity plan
  • Define the systems and data the organization must protect
  • Ensure compliance with any industry data archiving guidelines and/or requirements
  • Determine how the organization will back up and protect specified data from loss
  • Determine how and where the organization will recover operations should a crisis occur
  • Define which individuals, departments, or teams are responsible for which disaster planning and execution tasks
Disaster plan importance
Before an organization can build an effective disaster recovery and business continuity plan, its executives must agree on the plan’s importance, the systems and data to be protected, recovery strategies, and the staff and departments responsible for fulfilling each of the plan’s elements.

Statistics confirm that organizations that suffer data loss are exponentially more likely to fail and file bankruptcy. Statistics also show that the longer an organization’s business operations are interrupted, the sooner bankruptcy may occur.

Thus, it’s critical that organizations implement sound disaster plans that include provisions for business continuity in the event of a catastrophe. They must develop consensus among C-level executives and directors and within the technology department responsible for implementing and maintaining disaster recovery efforts; otherwise, a disaster plan becomes a futile exercise in paperwork only.

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