As business needs change, so do disaster recovery plans
. It is, therefore, important that the plan is updated and that a clearly defined process for its ongoing revision and maintenance is outlined.
Businesses should stage "mock disasters" at least once a year and follow the procedures outlined in the contingency or disaster recovery plan
. Testing helps businesses determine if their plan addresses their needs and if it will assist in expediting the recovery process.
Disaster recovery plans
should be current, fire-tested and address the area that could be hit, diverting resources to mitigate loss and resume full operations.
"When we developed our disaster recovery plan
, we took some cues from the business world," says Keith Price, chief technology officer for Hoover City Schools in Alabama, which fortunately hasn't had to implement its disaster recovery plan
yet, despite being near an area known as Tornado Alley.
A full and complete disaster recovery plan
To be successful, your disaster recovery plan
needs to objectively examine your entire business operation: information technology, facilities management, communications support, public relations, accounts receivable, accounts payable, payroll, human resources, etc.
The good news is that the completed disaster recovery plan
will provide you with extra insurance to secure the survival of your pharmacy business in the event of a disaster such as Hurricane Katrina or Rita.
The city required a reliable disaster recovery plan
to decentralise critical data and enable lost data to be restored more quickly in the event of downtime.
A good voice disaster recovery plan
will address all those possibilities," says ARG President William H.
In today's information-centric environment, much of a disaster recovery plan
addresses IT systems and data loss.
Some organizations just want to be able to answer outside constituencies by saying, "Well yes, we do have a written disaster recovery plan
." Maybe formulating or updating one is part of the risk manager's to-do list.