Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity Plans Are Essential to Business Success

Other than most canines, almost everyone enjoys 4th of July fireworks. Scientists tell us that we like them because they scare us. The bright flashes warn us that something bad is coming… the booming powerful sound of the explosion. The light tells our brain to anticipate the sound and soon the sound does not disappoint which reinforces all the data in our brains. Humans conditioned to this love the “controlled” fear we experience. In response, our reward centers release the good old pleasure drug dopamine…and most of us respond with “Oooohs and Aaaahs!”

But not all explosions are as pleasant. 2020 and most of 2021 to date have been explosive years for most organizations in so many ways. The pandemic was just another of a whole series of volatile occurrences that have happened and can happen to any organization. We can all likely remember Hurricane Irene or Tropical Storm Sandy. Others have experienced data breaches or ransomware attacks that have crippled their organizations for days or weeks at a time.

Time for a Plan

No business manager wants to experience any of this once, yet again. But the smart business manager knows the best way to deal with these occurrences that seem to detonate unexpectedly—that is to have a plan. More specifically, have a Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity Plan!

These plans focus on RPO or RTO (Recovery Point Objective or Recovery Time Objective). That means when/if a natural or man-made disaster occurs, putting a plan together that can get the organization back up and running within the time to meet the objective.

What Does a Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity Plan Entail?

The approach usually taken is to:

  1. analyze and score potential threats,
  2. maintain and update all key communications procedures, management tools and systems (not just Information Technology) and
  3. put policies and procedures in place to update this plan regularly. This can include prevention to reduce chances of disasters taking place, monitoring to identify unwanted events on an ongoing basis and measures to restore lost business applications, data, and processes after a disaster.

The benefits of a Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity Plan are numerous and include cost savings, improved staff productivity and much greater client retention. Each plan is unique to each organization.

Click here to learn more about establishing an IT Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity Plan for your business.

The professionals on the IT Radix Team would be happy to meet with you to learn more about you and identify potential solutions for your organization. We promise not to bring any fireworks, but we may bring our sparkling personalities!