disaster recovery and business continuity

Preparation Leads to Productivity.
From natural disasters to cybercrime, a variety of risks threaten your data, IT resources and overall business. Disaster recovery and business continuity plans help businesses prepare, so they can quickly get back to where they were before the incident without sacrificing too much productivity or other losses.

the difference between disaster recovery and business continuity

While many people use the terms disaster recovery and business continuity interchangeably, they should be treated as separate yet related plans.
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Disaster Recovery

Disaster recovery tends to fall more on the shoulders of IT teams and their partners, as these plans typically cover the technical aspects that need to be restored in the event of a disaster. For example, following a flood, fire, power outage or cyberattack on a company’s data center or other data storage solutions, IT teams need to be able to turn to a backup or have some other way to quickly recover from this disaster. Strong disaster recovery plans define the IT assets (hardware and software), data and resources required to get the technical aspects of a business back to normal as soon as possible, whether that’s due to a cyberattack or physical incident. These plans leverage different technologies to support data and system backups and recovery options, such as replicating information across different data centers or via the cloud.

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Business Continuity

Business continuity plans cover a broader scope than disaster recovery plans, as businesses need to prepare for not only restoring technical resources but also have a way to continue normal business operations following serious incidents. For example, in the event an office gets flooded, a business continuity plan could cover how employees should proceed with their work until the office is usable again, whether that means having a work-from-home policy, distributing employees to other branches or renting temporary office space.

Because business continuity plans cover the full breadth of operations, they require input and buy-in from all areas of the business, rather than falling squarely on IT’s shoulders.

Strong plans include an analysis of business requirements, risks and processes to define mission-critical applications, data and functional areas so they know what to focus on. From this assessment, the plan should outline key factors such as:

  • The definition of a disaster.
  • A communications plan for handling a disaster.
  • The time required for access to systems and data.
  • How to prioritize areas for recovery.
  • Identifying location(s) for teams to work following a disaster.
  • Key resources needed to address disasters.

is your business prepared?

You can’t always avoid disasters, but you can prepare for them to minimize disruption. Working with a managed service provider can help provide reliable oversight and guidance instead of putting all the strain on your IT team.

Peters & Associates has helped many organizations build, assess and test their disaster recovery and business continuity plans.

To get started with improving your disaster recovery and business continuity plans, contact Peters & Associates.

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