As companies emerge from pandemic protocols, future operations surely will be “more remote, more digital, and more cloud-based,” tech columnist Neal Weinberg writes for CSO
So, your technology strategy for business continuity and disaster recovery (BC/DR) should evolve for these new conditions.
But, despite all the talk about today’s COVID-inspired “new normal,” updating your BC/DR program should be more about returning to IT management basics rather than re-inventing technical solutions. And fundamental descriptions are a good place to start this revision process:
- CIO magazine defines business continuity as “maintaining business functions or quickly resuming them in the event of a major disruption” – e.g., natural disaster, malicious cyberattack, viral pandemic, etc.
- While a BC plan considers the whole organization, disaster recovery planning typically focuses on restoring “IT infrastructure and operations after a crisis.”
What are the basics for refreshing BC/DR? Here are three steps for you from CSO
- Analyze Impact – After a significant disruption like the pandemic, reassess BC/DR policy by conducting a thorough business impact analysis to determine its full effect on financial results, regulatory compliance, legal liability, staff safety, etc.
- Test Adjustments – Don’t just tweak BC/DR procedures, test future efficacy with physical drills and virtual simulations.
- Communicate Refinements – While your IT team learns new ways to respond to the next calamity, the rest of your organization must understand how adjustments effect the entire operation.
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