Developing a disaster recovery plan

This White Paper, the first in our three-part set on disaster recovery planning, describes the planning process itself. The second and third papers deal with specific methods for organising and writing the plan, and for collecting data for the plan, respectively. Based on the various considerations addressed during the planning phase, the process itself and related methodology can be just as beneficial as the final written plan.

The importance of disaster recovery planning

Most businesses depend heavily on technology and automated systems, and their disruption for even a few days could cause severe financial loss and threaten survival.

The continued operations of an organisation depend on management’s awareness of potential disasters, their ability to develop a plan to minimise disruptions of critical functions and the capability to recover operations expediently and successfully.

A disaster recovery plan is a comprehensive statement of consistent actions to be taken before, during and after a disaster. The plan should be documented and tested to ensure the continuity of operations and availability of critical resources in the event of a disaster.

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