Business Continuity & Disaster Recovery

Business Continuity & Disaster Recovery

Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery (BCDR) are closely related practices that describe an organization’s preparation for unforeseen risks to continued operations. The trend of combining business continuity and disaster recovery into a single term has resulted from a growing recognition that business and technology executives need to collaborate closely instead of developing plans in isolation.

Difference between business continuity and disaster recovery?

Business continuity (BC) is more proactive and generally refers to the processes and procedures an organization must implement to ensure that mission-critical functions can continue during and after a disaster. BC involves more comprehensive planning geared toward long-term challenges to an organization’s success. Disaster recovery (DR) is more reactive and comprises specific steps an organization must take to resume operations following an incident. Disaster recovery actions take place after the incident, and response times can range from seconds to days. BC typically focuses on the organization as a whole, whereas DR zeroes in on the technology infrastructure. Disaster recovery is a piece of business continuity planning and concentrates on accessing data easily following a disaster. BC includes this element, but also takes into account risk management and other planning necessary for an organization to stay afloat during an event. There are similarities between business continuity and disaster recovery. They both consider various unplanned events, from cyberattacks, to human error, to a natural disaster. They also have the goal of getting the business running as close to normal as possible, especially concerning mission-critical applications.

How does BCDR help organizations?

Due to recent unforeseen disasters we’ve experienced cross country, the continual increase of cyber-threat activity, and our declining tolerance for downtime; business continuity and disaster recovery has been gaining a tremendous rise in recognition and momentum. BCDR practices enable an organization to get back on its feet after problems occur, reduce the risk of data loss and harm to reputation, and improve operations while decreasing the chance of reoccurrence. We at CompIT Solutions can help organizations and its employees achieve resiliency. Developing a strategy is a complex process that requires research and analysis, including conducting a business impact analysis (BIA), risk analysis, and developing BCDR plans, tests, exercises and training.

Good business continuity and disaster recovery plans:

  • Are clear about the varying levels of risks to the organization
  • Provide well-defined and actionable steps for resilience and recovery
  • Protect the organization’s employees, facilities and brand
  • Include a communications plan
  • Are comprehensive in detailing actions from beginning to end

At CompIT, we’ll keep you up and running so you can focus on your clients and your business.

For a Free IT Assessment or to get more information about our plans and services. Please email us at info@compitsolutions.com or call us at 732-363-7353.