What Japan’s Calamity Has to Teach on Disaster Recovery

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If it seems callous to be considering the fortunes of corporate entities in the wake of a humanitarian catastrophe like the one that befell Japan last month, that’s not the intention.

But the reality is, as much as the day-to-day life of that country’s citizens was devastatingly disrupted by this natural disaster, so, too, was the daily existence of the many businesses operating on this hard-struck island nation. And the same cold-blooded case could be made for companies that continue to beat the drum in North Africa or the Middle East, in the midst of the tumult that so furiously defines their geographic settings.

Be Ready When Stuff Happens

Today more than ever, businesses that rely on computers — which pretty much encompasses the lot — need to be mindful of the value of disaster recovery and business continuity plans. Stuff happens, after all. Risk managers are smart to reexamine their strategies governing how they’ll respond when it does, paying close attention to how their data are backed up and how they might be accessed if disaster strikes.

An organization’s ability to efficiently coordinate the resources of business continuity, incident response, disaster recovery and crisis management determines when — and if — it will return to its feet.

Some considerations to bear in mind as you revisit this important subject:

    • Gartner estimates that a mere 35% of small and medium businesses have a disaster recovery plan in place.
    • According to research by the University of Texas, only 6% of companies that suffer a catastrophic data loss survive. Forty-three percent never reopen and 51% close within two years.
    • A survey by British consultancy firm CityIQ recently discovered that a quarter of polled organizations had not performed a crisis management test in the last 12 months.
    • You should assume that no electronic copy of your recovery plan will be available in the event of a crisis. Keep an updated paper version near at hand.
    • Stage your resources above flood levels and expect that the recovery process will take several weeks or even months to unfold.
    • Consider cloud computing as an integral part of your disaster recovery strategy. Companies that aren’t confident about their in-house technology’s capacity for data recovery should investigate this emerging option and engage outside professionals to implement and manage it.
    • How successfully a company recovers from a disaster is ultimately a function of the quality of its plan, the training around it and the testing that it’s undergone in advance of an actual disaster. Don’t forget the third leg of the stool: Your plan must be tested, and often, before it’s called into action.

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