Disruption Planning with Business Continuity & Disaster Recovery
Planning for business disruption is not a simple task and it is often easy to adopt the attitude that it will never happen to you, but with an increasingly digitized landscape and the threat of cyber-attacks growing, being prepared for disaster is no longer an option but a necessity. Of course, it isn’t just cyber attacks you need to be prepared for; the weather, technology failure and human failure can all disrupt your business. Making sure that your Business Continuity (BC) and Disaster Recovery (DR) plans are up to date and fully tested is essential to protecting your company if disaster strikes.
Business continuity vs disaster recovery, what’s the difference?
Many people conflate the terms Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery, believing them to mean the same thing, but they terms are separate for a reason.
Disaster recovery is a subset of business continuity planning. Focusing solely on restoring IT systems and operations as effectively as possible, DR invokes backup systems and IT contingency methods for critical functions and applications. The aim of DR is to minimize business downtime so that your tech gets back up and running in the shortest possible time. Business continuity, on the other hand, looks at maintaining the functionality of the business as a whole and covers a much wider scope, including putting in place preventative controls and managing staff and customers.