What is disaster recovery and business continuity plan

Organizations all over rely on technology to run their operations. The benefits of adopting technology to run businesses far outweigh any threat that can be imagined. Operational efficiency, accuracy, convenience and reliability are some of the benefits.  However, there is need for a robust disaster recovery and business continuity plan for smooth transitions. ORACO Kenya is a professional Cyber Security company in Kenya that has a division dedicated to disaster preparedness, disaster recovery and business continuity.

Conducting business Impact analysis

This exercise identifies such activities which are very critical to the daily operations of a business. In the event of a disaster, there are certain activities that are likely to bring down entire business operation. Moreover, the cost and other resources required in the restoration of such activities back to normalcy can be overwhelming. Firstly, we identify and list down all the activities, applications and processes that an organization that cannot run without. Then, a recovery plan is formulated based on the specific activities identified.

Assessing risks

During risk assessment, we analyse all the critical processes and applications that support day to day running of the business. Now after establishing critical processes and applications, we prepare a disaster recovery plan. The Recovery plan will guide how these critical business processes will be restored back following a disaster. Risk assessment is based on the premise that there should be a plan to continue running business operations in spite of a disaster. Secondly, assessing the risks should inform a plan for recovery in the event of a disaster.

Developing policies and procedures

Disaster management policies are meant to prepare organizations for the effects of disasters. The guidelines will reduce the effects of a disaster. In disaster management, it is important to predict possible scenarios during a disaster. And where possible, work on mitigating the effects of the aftermath. When an institution is prepared to handle a disaster, the associated losses are significantly reduced. Additionally, the policy statement will establish the disaster management team. Within the team, each member is assigned duties such as retrieving file backup, restoring the backup etc.

Implementing the disaster recovery and business continuity plan

Both the disaster recovery plan and the business continuity plan are documents that offer guidance in managing disaster. The two plans clearly outline the procedures and assigns responsibility in handling disasters. Basically, the plans help organizations to document measures for minimizing disruptions in the event of a disaster. For example, such measures might involve having a backup internet link to support connectivity when the link from the main ISP is down.

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