Disaster Recovery Preparedness Continues to Grow

Effective disaster planning can mean the difference between bringing a business back online quickly or potentially closing the front doors forever. It could mean the loss of millions of dollars or just a few minutes of downtime. Business continuity plans provide businesses with a road map for responding to problems, from severe weather events, to a loss of electricity, to massive flooding, among many other scenarios.

And according to an article on www.sfgate.com by Verne Kopytoff, the first step in planning is to identify critical assets, including facilities, technology infrastructure and corporate data, and then document how to protect those assets in the event of disruption.

“Planning should not be limited just to a company’s own operations,” Kopytoff writes. “Key partners and suppliers could also run into trouble. For example, companies are increasingly using software in the cloud — services provided by third parties from remote data centers. What if such a vendor went offline?”

Almost three-quarters of companies have a BC plan, according to a survey of 300 executives conducted in 2011 by Disaster Recovery Journal and consulting firm Forrester Research. These companies focus on technology recovery first and foremost, including ensuring that key computer systems operate during and after any disaster strikes. This can be costly, however, and companies must strike a balance between keeping some systems in place while letting others take a back seat temporarily. But most important is backing up at a secure facility, which may be offsite. Another key BC area is drilling to ensure that data-recovery plans work in all situations.

For more information about implementing business continuity into your business, visit: http://www.sfgate.com/business/article/Disaster-recovery-a-growing-business-4103992.php