Do you have a written plan for Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery?
In the early days of Caleidoscope, we lost 4 months of data due to an oversight by the third party company hosting our database. While we did not go out of business, and were eventually able to recover but the experience certainly made us take a very close look at what we would do differently moving forward to ensure that this would never happen to us again.
There are some very startling statistics floating around the Internet about the devastating impact of losing data.
Disaster recovery (DR) and business continuity refers to an organization’s ability to recover from a disaster and/or unexpected event and resume operations. Organizations often have a plan in place (usually referred to as a “Disaster Recovery Plan”, or “Business Continuity Plan”) that outlines how a recovery will be accomplished. The key to successful disaster recovery is to have a plan (emergency plan, disaster recovery plan, continuity plan) well before disaster ever strikes.
Given ever-changing business objectives, one common need in disaster recovery is to perform an audit of the disaster recovery capacity of an organization. The purpose of such audit is to discover how closely an organization’s disaster recovery readiness aligns to actual organizational objectives. When conducting an audit of a disaster recovery plan, factors such as alternate site designation, training of personnel, and insurance issues are considered. In conducting a disaster recovery audit, the individual or team performing the audit uses a number of procedures and processes to achieve the objectives of the audit. Successful disaster recovery audits clear state their objectives in an audit plan.