Business Continuity(BC) it is an ongoing concern of the business, this implies the business has to continue its operations even after a disaster, and generally involves all the measures and processes a company must put in place to ensure all mission-critical objectives remain unaffected during and after a disaster. BC is also all about comprehensive planning focused towards recurring challenges that an organization face and affect its success to expand and profit maximization. In addition, the whole organization is normally BC main focus and it also entails risk management and planning that a company requires staying afloat during and after a disaster.
Disaster recovery (DR) is rather reactive in nature and it is a small piece of a business life planning that entails recovering and accessing data after the business has faced a natural or artificial catastrophe. And also, it involves putting in place specific measures that will enable a company to easily resume its operations in the aftermath of an incident. All action and response take place after the event, and it can take days or weeks for the loss or damage to the company technological infrastructure to be assessed and determined.
Similarities and Importance BCDR
The main key factors that make business continuity and disaster recovery the same is that they both consider several unplanned occurrences, these events may include, human-driven errors and cyber-attacks to a natural disaster. In addition, they both aim to get the business operations as soon as possible by ensuring that the risk of data loss is minimized and the reputation of the company is safeguarded, especially after a disaster occurs.
The business must have a team in place to ensure the image and the secret of the company are protected and also incorporates measures to ensure that the emergencies occurrence is minimal. The same group of professionals can provide assistance to employees to maintain resiliency. Developing and implementing BCDR strategy requires time because its complexity requires research and also analysis on business impact to be carried conducted (BIA), this also includes, carrying out training, tests, and exercises.
Planning for Business Continuity and Recovery
Planning provides information lists about employees’ contacts, emergency contacts, and vendors. Not to forget, guidelines for executing tests, lists of equipment and tools, and official diagrams of organizations and networks. For this reason, BCDR has key functions in contributing to improving recovery and continuity of the business and they include the following:
Analysis and outcomes on BIA pinpoint opportunities for making improvement and mechanisms for utilizing technology inside the organization. Planning assists in documentation because the data collected serves an alternate source of information. Planning provides the main source of contact information; and also Planning helps with referencing documents for purposes of products, services, and delivery and also designs planning.
Requirements in BCDR
All planning conducted in business continuity (BC) and disaster recovery (DR) involves updating lists of contact and those of employees inside the business and other stakeholders outside the company. In addition, it also consists specific guidelines and procedures required particularly when responding certain events. And also, planning in BC involves safeguarding contact information, guidelines when replacing the management with the other/change management and when and how to use these guidelines, and reviewing, analyzing and testing and updating schedules. In a disaster recovery planning, the teams’ responsibilities are clearly stipulated, all guidelines indicate when to act and respond to a situation. Also (DR) features all planned objectives or goals, its policy and guidelines, procedures involved when responding to an incident and finally, verification tools, geographical risks involved and history planning.
Efficient business continuity (BC) and disaster recovery (DR) plans are always clearly stipulated on how to verify various levels of risk in an organization; and also defines actionable steps that should be taken when the need arises to ensure a full recovery by protecting the organization’s employees, infrastructure and brand, and image; business communications plans; all these are comprehensive in details and shows step by step actions from start to the end. Planning in BCDR policy is a very vital initial step. These policies and guidelines set the foundation for the processes involved in planning and usually deals with the scope of the BC management system, and employees are required to be responsible in this case, this also involves all the activities performed, for instance, business plan development and impact analysis. This policy aspect is normally disregarded, but for sure it is significant as an auditing item in business continuity.