Disaster Recovery & Business Continuity

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Disaster recovery and business continuity planning are processes that help organizations prepare for disruptive events; whether that event is a flood or a simply power outage caused by a lightning strike.  Given the human tendency to look on the bright side, many business executives are prone to ignoring disaster recovery because disaster seems an unlikely event.  Business continuity planning suggests a more comprehensive approach to making sure you can keep making money.  At any rate, DR and/or BC determines how a company with keep functioning after a disruptive event until its normal facilities are restored.

Disaster Recovery Control Measures

  • Preventative measures – controls aimed at preventing an event from occurring.
  • Detective measures – controls aimed at detecting or discovering unwanted events.
  • Corrective measures – controls aimed at correcting or restoring the system after a disaster or event.

Things to Consider When Formulating your Disaster Recovery Plan

  • Recovery Point Objective (RPO): the maximum age of files that an organization must recover from backup storage for normal operations to resume after a disaster.
  • Recovery Time Objective (RTO): the maximum amount of downtime, following a disaster, that an organization can handle.

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Corporate data backup is software and hardware used to ensure business continuity in the event of data loss.  In today’s data-driven world, it is important to have a plan in place that protects your data and allows your business to continue running fluidly.