Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery

2033 Words Mar 4th, 2011 9 Pages
Table of Contents
Introduction 2
Key terms 2
What is the difference between disaster recovery and business continuity planning? 2
The Need for Business Continuity/Disaster Recovery Planning and Management 3
The Phases of Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Planning, Implementation, and Management 3
Types of Plans 3
Typical Contents of a BC/DR Plan 4
Benefits and Risks 4
Benefits 4
Risks 5
Conclusion 6 Introduction
Every business and organization can experience a serious incident which can prevent it from continuing normal operations. This can happen any day at any time. The potential causes are many and varied: flood, explosion, computer malfunction, accident, grievous act... the list is endless.
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• Insurance companies expect due care to be exercised.
The Phases of Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Planning, Implementation, and Management
The significance of each major phase of continuity planning merits attention because each phase contributes to building all four areas of business continuity: disaster recovery, business recovery, business resumption, and contingency planning:
• Phase 1 - Establish the foundation. These alignment and analysis steps are necessary to obtain executive sponsorship and the commitment of resources from all stakeholders. Without a basis of business impact analysis and risk assessment, the plan cannot succeed and may not even be developed.
• Phase 2 – Develop, test and implement the plan. Here, attention to detail and active participation by all stakeholders ensure the development of a plan worth implementing. The plan itself must include the recovery strategy with all of its detailed components and the test plan.
• Phase 3 - Maintain the plan. The best plan is only as effective as it is current. Every tactic of business resumption and recovery must be kept up to date and tested regularly.
Types of Plans
The separate plans that make up a business continuity plan include:
• Disaster recovery plan - to recover mission-critical technology and applications at an alternate site.
• Business resumption plan - to continue mission-critical functions at the