Business Continuity vs Disaster Recovery
BC, DR, WTF?First things first: Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery are NOT the same thing. They are related and connected, but they are not the same.
Business Continuity = a proactive plan to continue business operations
Disaster Recovery = a reactive plan for accessing required technology and infrastructure after a disaster or outage
Disaster RecoveryDisaster Recovery focuses on the information or technology systems that support your business functions. Business Continuity, on the other hand, involves planning for keeping all aspects of your business operational during (or in the aftermath of) any unforeseen event. See the difference? A DR plan focuses on how to restore your company data, technology, infrastructure, systems, and applications. DR will ensure your employees can quickly access their files, folders, email, servers, presentations, and anything else that’s vital to keeping customers happy and your business afloat.
While Disaster Recovery is concerned with restoring business information and technology, a Business Continuity plan accounts for the continued operation of employees, buildings, third-party contracts, IT systems, and physical infrastructure. If a natural disaster prevents one of your distributors from fulfilling customer orders, do you have an alternate plan to continue your service in the affected area? That’s the type of business service and production continuity questions BC should address. Disaster Recovery is simply a subset of Business Continuity. For help creating a comprehensive BC plan for your business, view our prior blog post.