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Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery: The Basics

Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery: The Basics
July 7, 2020 Liz Pena

93% of companies without Disaster Recovery who suffer a major data disaster are out of business within one year.

Disaster recovery and business continuity planning are processes that help organizations prepare for disruptive events — whether those events include a hurricane or a simple power outage. Verity IT’s involvement in this process can range from overseeing the plan, to providing input and support, to putting the plan into action during an emergency!

What Is the Difference Between Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity Planning?

Disaster recovery is the process by which you resume business after a disruptive event. The event might be something huge — like an earthquake or the COVID-19 pandemic — or something small, like malfunctioning software caused by a computer virus.

Given the human tendency to “look on the bright side,” many business executives are prone to ignoring disaster recovery because “disaster” seems like such an unlikely event. Business continuity planning suggests a more comprehensive approach to making sure you can keep making money, not only after a natural disaster but also in the event of smaller disruptions including illness or departure of key staffers, supply chain partner problems or other challenges that businesses face from time to time.

Despite these distinctions, the two terms are often married under the acronym BCDR because of their many common considerations!

Download our e-book, 4 Reasons CEOs Should Care About BCDR, to learn more about why implementing a BCDR plan is essential for your business!

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