Disaster Recovery: Ensuring Business Continuity Following a Catastrophic Failure

If disaster strikes and there is no recovery plan, the costs can be crippling. This white paper examines where your company should start, how to plan the recovery process, how to test the plan, and other resources for disaster recovery preparation.

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Weather-related emergencies, bomb threats, fire, labor strikes, protests, and acts of terrorism present policy and procedural questions for HR managers. For example, organizations affected by Hurricane Sandy must continue operating effectively to meet responsibilities to shareholders, customers, and employees. A severe disruption to normal business operations can be devastating if organizations are not prepared with a well-defined and well-tested disaster recovery plan. Whether the event is a natural disaster, water main break, power outage, or pandemic, recovery and continuity are serious matters that warrant much attention.

Appropriate guidelines for handling emergency disaster situations are fundamental to coping with unforeseen events. The goal of business continuity is to preserve and protect the essential elements of an enterprise and maintain an acceptable level of operations throughout a crisis and the recovery from it. This goal requires a financial investment and continuity plans can be very specific to any company, including accounting for critical infrastructure and communications functions needed to operate the business. 

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