Many businesses believe that they are in little or no danger of losing their data stored in their computer system.Â The all too common attitude is that it is a waste of money to invest in a contingency plan because it may never be used. In addition, some companies believe that a contingency plan would, in… Continue reading Contingency Planning… A Cost Versus Benefit Analysis
Risk Analysis–the foundation for a good Disaster Recovery plan! It is also a phase that means different things to different people. For some, it means an analysis of the hazards or exposures that a computer room is subject to and the impact of such hazards on the company. Others break it down into two separate… Continue reading Risk Analysis – An Overview
What would be the impact to your business in the event of a disaster affecting computer processing capabilities? Considering todayâs telecommunication requirements, how long could it realistically take to recover? Days? Weeks? or even longer? Possibly some critical activities could be done manually, but for how long? Would your production be impacted? Could you get… Continue reading Impact: How Great Would It Be?
One area of great importance to disaster recovery planners that has received very little attention is the question of how much to spend on the disaster recovery planning (DRP) effort. Through application of a “worst case” risk analysis process corporate officers can be effectively “sold” on the need for effective DRP, but what guidelines can… Continue reading Budgeting for Disaster Recovery
It is good news that many organizations are jumping on the disaster recovery bandwagon. Information security and disaster recovery practitioners have clearly scored some impressive successes. Management has become more aware of the need and has begun to allocate funds for security measures that we all knew to be important but found more difficult to… Continue reading Disaster Recovery and Risk Avoidance/Acceptance
In today’s competitive environment, a business must achieve continual improvement just to stay even in the market place. Any interruption in one’s presence in the market place is devastating. It is, therefore, incumbent upon management to respond immediately to any catastrophic event which interrupts the business and restore its operation as quickly as possible. Subsequent… Continue reading In Three out of Four Cases: Business Interruption Can Be Fatal
Post-incident review (PIR) is an evaluation of incident response used to identify and correct weaknesses, as well as determine strengths and promulgate them. PIRs are normally used to support program revision. Despite its importance, PIR is one of the most neglected components of disaster recovery planning. Imagine you have just survived a natural disaster. After… Continue reading The Post-Incident Review Process: Can you correct the Weakness?
Effective contingency planning and disaster recovery coordination require expertise in all aspects of disaster management, including avoidance and recovery. It is too late to plan an effective response after a disaster has struck and significant downtime has been incurred. The resulting outage from such a disaster can have serious effects on the viability of a… Continue reading Business Interruption Risk Assessment: A Multi-Disciplinary Approach
Crucial to the effective management of response to accidental loss is the ability to recognize risk. Colloquially, we use the term risk to refer to the possibility of any loss, regardless of its size. For example, I might casually comment to a friend over dinner that she risks indigestion by eating spicy foods. The disaster… Continue reading Scenario-Based Risk Analysis
California businesses have numerous disasters every day. With Earthquakes, Flooding, Hazardous Material Accidents, High Winds, Power Outages, and the occasional Structural Collapse due to metal fatigue. Who knows when such an incident will happen in YOUR VICINITY? This may cause damage and destruction to your company, serious injuries to your employees, shutdown your business operations,… Continue reading Is Your Business Ready For Disaster?