A recent research survey reports that nearly 60% of North American businesses don’t have a disaster recovery plan in place—a recipe for potential business failure
A disaster recovery plan (DRP) is a documented set of policies and procedures aimed at recovering and protecting an organization’s IT infrastructure in the event of an environmental or man-made disaster.
The plan details the process to follow when an organization is facing an extreme or urgent situation that may possibly disrupt—or altogether halt—business operations. The main goal of the DRP is to recover information technology data, assets, and facilities.
It’s nearly impossible for organizations to avoid all imminent threats to their IT infrastructure, however with careful planning, the damage can be minimized. The primary objective of a DRP—if operations and computer systems are inoperative—is to mitigate business disruption, and ensure recovery in an organized and systemic manner.
No matter the cause of the disaster, organizations that manage them most effectively—and with the least amount of collateral damage—are those with a comprehensive, easy-to-follow, and regularly tested disaster recovery plans.