Disaster Recovery (DR) is part of Information Security planning which aims to protect an organisation from the effects of significant negative events. DR allows an organisation to maintain or quickly resume mission-critical functions following a disaster.
A Business Continuity Plan (BCP) is helps ensure that business processes can continue during a time of a disaster. Such disasters might include a fire or any other case where business is not able to occur under normal conditions from normal business premises.
Key elements of a disaster recovery plan.
Data continuity system
Detailed asset inventory
Backup and Replication
Recovery Point Objective (RPO)
Recovery Time Objective (RTO)
these are the most important parameters of a disaster recovery plan
Business continuity is a proactive plan to avoid and mitigate risks associated with a disruption of operations. It details steps to be taken before, during and after an event to maintain the financial viability of an organisation.
The main goals of a business continuity plan are to improve responsiveness by employees in different situations, ease confusion by providing written procedures and participation in testing to ensure logical decisions are made during a disaster. Disaster Recovery is a reactive plan for responding after an event.
Business Continuity Plan includes four steps
Conduct a Business Impact Analysis (BIA) to identify the critical business functions and processes and the resources which support them.
Identify, document and implement proceduresto recover critical business functions and processes.
Establish a business continuity team and compile a business continuity plan to manage a business disruption.
Training the business continuity team and carry out testing to evaluate the recovery plan.