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Essential guide to business continuity and disaster recovery plans

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Business recovery plans: Testing, testing ... your knowledge

How well do you know business recovery planning? Try a handful of questions on some of its different elements and learn how the procedure can help your organization.

Planning is an important part of the business continuity and disaster recovery process. A business recovery plan describes how an organization deals with potential disasters and consists of the precautions needed to either maintain or quickly resume mission-critical functions. With everything from severe weather to ransomware possibly disturbing your business, it's critical to have a plan in the event of a disaster. But you may be surprised by the number of organizations without business recovery plans. Test your knowledge on that stat and more by taking the BC/DR planning quiz below.

There are a few reasons companies give for not having a DR plan. Slightly more than one-quarter of respondents to a 2015 TechTarget survey said they lack the funds for a DR plan; one-fifth said their current backup system suffices for their organization. But plans don't have to be costly, and the cost of downtime can be potentially devastating to a business. The outage at Delta Airlines showed that even large companies may not have the right disaster recovery plan in place.

Check out BC/DR planning templates for ideas and relatively simple approaches to the critical process. There are even products to help with business recovery plans, as you'll see in this quiz.

Cloud DR continues to make a splash in the market. Just like with DR at a physical site, disaster recovery in the cloud deserves a plan. The plan may have elements and metrics similar to on-premises DR, such as recovery time objectives and recovery point objectives. In creating business recovery plans for the cloud, companies should keep track of infrastructure, DR requirements and the potential duration of failover.

According to the aforementioned survey, 41% of respondents said they have a high level of confidence in their organization's DR plan in the event of an emergency; 49% said their confidence level is moderate. Read on and take the quiz to put your knowledge on business recovery plans to the test, and perhaps increase your confidence level in the process as a whole.

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This was last published in August 2016

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How confident are you in your organization's DR plan, and why?
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So 90% have moderate to high faith in their disaster recovery plan? Lol. When did they test it last?
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I was surprised by that figure too, especially given the pretty sizable number of companies who don't even have a DR plan.
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