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Comparing & Selecting Recovery Strategies

Written by  Geoffrey H. Wold, CPA, CISA, CMA, CMC, CDP, CSP, CFSA, CIRM & Tina L. Vick, CBCP, CFSA

Cost-effective recovery strategies and written agreements related to the most feasible alternatives are important aspects of business continuity planning. Numerous unpredictable and often unpreventable hazards can endanger the organization. Because of these threats, recovery alternatives for human resources, facilities, critical systems, data and voice communications, and business processes should be evaluated. The recovery strategies should be based on the critical resources as determined during the business impact analysis (BIA). This article focuses on the methodologies for determining the most beneficial technical recovery strategies and assumes that a comprehensive BIA has been performed. Overview of Technical Recovery StrategiesCommercial Hot Sites A commercial hot site is a fully equipped, back-up site that is provided by an outside vendor. Hot sites tend to be the most expensive alternatives available for contingency processing. A hot site may be using electronic vaulting that allows the transmission of back-up copies of computer data through transmission lines to a storage