What Is a Business Disaster Recovery Plan?

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A proper disaster recovery plan helps to keep your business safe and prepared

Understanding A Disaster Recovery Plan

Natural catastrophes, network attacks, and intrusions can cripple a business and unfortunately do happen. If the unthinkable does happen, it is the priority of any business is to resume work as quickly and effectively as possible. This is why it is imperative for every business to have a disaster recovery plan in place. Often, DRP’s are used in conjunction with a business continuity plan, which will outline all the procedures necessary for an organization to remain operational. It is vital to have a DRP, which is a written in-depth form that lists all the tasks that must be performed to restore any damaged data and/or equipment. A DRP must also include all the steps that need to be taken to prepare for a catastrophe.

Creating a DRP starts with a proposal that is submitted to upper-level management and needs to receive approval. A business impact analysis is conducted to determine the most critical business functions and the requirements to make those functions operational again, this can be on-site or at an off-site location. An off-site location can be either a hot site or a cold site. A hot site is a separate location that is fully equipped with computers and the data needed to resume normal functions of a business. A cold site on the other hand, is a location that has the right environment for computers, such as temperature and humidity control, but do not have equipment on site.

In addition to a well-designed DRP, each employee should understand, be trained, and made aware of the consequences of possible catastrophe and the steps that can be taken to reduce the effects of disasters. It is also pertinent to periodically go through a mock disaster in order to assess response time and test recovery procedures.

While it may be impossible to avoid every issue that could arise, a DRP will aid in lessening the effects if catastrophe does strike.

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