Putting together an effective disaster recovery planIf an incident were to occur - whether it be accidental, manmade or a natural disaster - what components of your business would you want to have up and running again the fastest? In order to have a successful recovery plan, you need to evaluate your critical business functions and your acceptable risk associated with each.
Each business has different levels of risk tolerance that can be afforded for each business function:
- Computer Network
- Structural Integrity
Once the mission-critical functions are identified and the acceptable risks are associated to each, you can begin to prioritize and allocate necessary resources to the top priority items and begin to formulate contingency plans that are effective and realistic.
Investigating alternative solutions to high risk functionsNow that you have identified where you are the most vulnerable, the next step is to prioritize what measures will be taken to continue to operate without those functions that are at risk. For example:
- If phone communication is down, we will ______________.
- If we have no access to fuel, we will ___________________.
- If key personnel are missing, we will _____________________.
- If our building is damaged, we will ______________________.
It’s not just about the weatherAlthough hurricane season is approaching and it is what people typically think about when they hear the word ‘Disaster’, it comes in all shapes and sizes: