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    Assessing Disaster Recovery

    Assessing Disaster Recovery

    By Louise Lewis, 8th November 2016

    To avoid the potential threat of disaster within an organisation it is necessary to consider all possible incident types as well as the impact they may have on the organisation’s ability to continue to deliver normal business services in circumstances varying from staff shortages and power cuts, to natural disasters.

    It is recommended to put a Business Continuity Plan in place which is a plan detailing how to prepare your business to continue to operate after an incident or crisis. These plans help you to identify and prevent risks where possible, prepare you for risks you can’t control and enable you to respond and recover if an incident or crisis occurs.

    You may not be able to predict every kind of incident but you can develop a plan that covers a range of incidents including computer problems and staffing issues enabling you to respond quickly and shorten your recovery time and minimise losses.

    It’s important to allocate some time, budget and resources for preparing a risk management plan and a business impact analysis. This will help you meet your legal obligations for providing a safe workplace and can reduce the likelihood of an incident negatively impacting your business.

    Your plan should include disaster recovery contacts and their roles and responsibilities.