10 best practices for Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity

10 best practices for Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity

Most CIOs and management executives all say they have disaster recovery and business continuity under control — Do they really?

Best Practices – Top 10 – Janco has found that successful organization typically follow or have implemented these 10 best practices

  1. Have management communicated that disaster recovery not as a tactical IT project but as a strategic IT asset.
  2. Create a disaster recovery and business continuity process that is integrated into the organization
  3. Allocate costs associated with the disaster recovery business continuity plan as part of the base overhead so that costs are distributed across the entire organization
  4. Treat disaster recovery and business continuity as “mission critical” for cost and staff allocations
  5. Establish metrics for the process and timing of recovery events
  6. Test the plans at least once every six months or whenever there is major enhancement to the enterprise’s computing or operational infrastructure
  7. Monitor how other enterprises and your competitors are faring after and event occurs
  8. Quarterly review you media communication protocol for who says what when to whom when an event occurs
  9. Pool your assets and personnel to provide resilience capabilities for interconnected systems or collaborative technologies such as payments or check processing.
  10. Test the back-ups (at least quarterly) so that what is taken is what is needed for recovery and that it meets your recovery performance metrics
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It goes without saying that every company, regardless of size, needs a concise business continuity plan in case of an emergency. If you don’t have a disaster recovery plan or haven’t updated yours recently, now is the time to take this critical step to protect your business.

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Author: Victor Janulaitis

M. Victor Janulaitis is the CEO of Janco Associates. He has taught at the USC Graduate School of Business, been a guest lecturer at the UCLA's Anderson School of Business, a Graduate School at Harvard University, and several other universities in various programs.