Business continuity (BC) and disaster recovery (DR) are closely related practices that support an organization’s ability to remain operational after an adverse event.
Another way of looking at it, business continuity and disaster recovery (BCDR) is an organization’s method of regaining access and functionality to its IT infrastructure after events like a natural disaster, cyber-attack, or even business disruptions related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
A crucial aspect of BCDR is how an organization recovers lost data from a backed up second location after servers go down because of a cyber-attack, natural disaster or simply equipment failure. In other words, disaster recovery is highly dependent upon the replication of data and computer processing in an off-premises location not affected by the disaster.
An organization should be in a position to transfer its computer processing to its protected remote location in order to continue operations.
Organizations need a BCDR plan in place and make sure all key officers know about it and how to implement it if the need arises.
Also consider disaster recovery software. There are benefits of having a disaster plan in place including DR software. First, there’s cost savings. Planning for potential disruptive events can save businesses hundreds of thousands of dollars and even mean the difference between a company surviving a natural disaster or folding.
Another benefit is the faster recovery time when effective plans and software are in place.
Dependingon the disaster recovery strategy and the types of disaster recovery tools used, businesses can get up and running much faster after a disaster, or even continue operations as if nothing had happened.
Want to learn more? Tonex offers several courses in Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity. Our courses, seminars and workshops prepare participants with the skills to identify mission-critical continuity needs, sources of risk, response and recovery, team charter, hazard exposures, risk assessments, evacuation plans and supply kits, organizational resilience and tools to implement a Business Continuity Management System (BCMS).
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