The primary objective of a disaster recovery plan is to enable an organization to survive a disaster and to re-establish normal business operations in the fastest and least damaging way possible. In order to survive, the organization must assure that critical operations can resume normal processing within a reasonable time frame. Therefore, the goals of a Business Resumption Plan should be to:
- Identify weaknesses and implement a disaster prevention program.
- Minimize the duration of a serious disruption to business operations.
- Facilitate effective co-ordination of recovery tasks.
- Reduce the complexity of the recovery effort.
Historically, the data processing function alone has been assigned the responsibility for providing contingency planning. Frequently, this has led to recovery plans which restore computer resources in a manner that is not fully responsive to the needs of the business. Contingency planning is a business issue rather than a data processing issue. In today’s environment, the effects of a long-term operations outage may have a catastrophic impact.
Recovery plans should be treated as living documents. Both the information processing and the business environments are constantly changing and recovery plans must keep pace with these changes. Continuous testing/exercising of plans is essential to ensure that recovery capability is maintained in such an environment.
Brilliant Power will provide the successful development and implementation of recovery and resumption programs in your organization, to ensure a minimal disruption to your business operations.