Featured blog post sent in by: T3 Technologies
There is a certain percentage of businesses who say they have a Disaster Recovery Plan, (about 95%). There are far fewer businesses who have tested their Disaster Recovery Plan, (about 72%). And there a fewer still that would be able to recover from a disaster using their Disaster Recovery Plan, (no one knows for sure!).
If there was ever an example of a false sense of security, it can be found in the topic of Business Continuity Planning. So here are some points which I don’t think anyone will challenge:
1. Disasters or traumatic business interruptions can, and have, put companies out of business permanently.
2. Having a Disaster Recovery Plan or Business Continuity Plan without having it properly tested, is only slightly better than not having one at all.
3. Testing your organization’s plan internally, or with the same company who wrote the plan can be disastrous.
4. Failures almost always happen in scenarios that weren’t foreseen or were taken for granted.
The moral of this story: “Have your company’s DR/BC Plan audited and tested by an independent 3rd party!” If it is important enough to create, it must be validated.