What would you do if a tornado hit your building? How would you respond if a computer virus shut down all the computers? What would you do if half of your personnel get infected with a contagious disease?
What is a disaster? Disaster is a natural or man-made event that disrupts critical business function(s). When a disaster strikes, it results in revenue loss. There are many companies that have gone out of business because of not having a DRP. DRP is a set of procedures that help organizations to recover from a disaster quickly. It also includes the steps to avoid and minimize risks.
Disaster happens much more often that people realize. There is rarely a day when you don’t hear about a disaster happening nation-wise when you listen to the evening news. Therefore, preparation for disasters is the key for business continuity. There are two types of disasters: Natural (such as earthquake, tornado, ice storm, etc.) and there is man-made disaster (such as war, recession, Road accidents, etc). Both types need to be considered when designing a DRP.
We are now living in a competitive world; if an organization does not have the resources and information needed to deal with emergencies, its success is at stake. More and more companies are realizing the crucial need for a DRP. The first question that every business needs to ask itself is what would happen to the organization if a disaster happen? How quickly can the operation go back to back to normal? How quickly can the competitors recover from that same disaster?
So, what next?? Every organization needs to have a business continuity plan (BCP) that allows them to function at possibly a reduced level during and immediately after a disaster. Building a BCP is much like any other project, i.e. it needs to have:
• Defined Scope
• Project Coordinator
• Project planning
• Executing and controlling