At Global Security Defense, our team understands and promotes the importance of business continuity and strategic disaster recovery planning. Natural Disasters and national security threats, unpredictable by nature, can occur in any location, at any time, with little or no warning. Post-Recovery can be stressful, time consuming, and expensive, particularly for those who have not taken the time to think ahead and prepare for such possibilities. However, when such scenarios strikes, those who have prepared and made recovery plans, are able to survive, sustain, and continue operations with comparatively minimal loss and/or disruption of productivity.
Disasters and national security threats can take several different forms. Some primarily impact individuals, while others have a larger, collective impact. Disasters and threats can occur such as power outages, floods, fires, atmospheric storms, earthquakes, severe space weather, equipment failure, sabotage, terrorism, or even epidemic illness. Each of these can at the very least cause short-term disruptions in normal business operations. Many times, these disasters and threats can domino effect across the functionality of connecting resources necessary for operational continuity. Recovering from the impact of many of the aforementioned disasters can take much longer, especially if organizations have not made preparations in advance.
Most of us recognize that these potential problems are possibilities. Unfortunately the randomness and
low probability of some of these disasters lulls some organizations into a sense of false security-
"that's not likely to happen here." However, if proper preparations have been made, the disaster
recovery process does not have to be exceedingly stressful in a high or low impact vulnerability.
Instead the process can be streamlined and the facilitation of recovery can happen where preparations
have been made with a strategic and proactive planning approach. Organizations that take the time
to implement disaster recovery plans ahead of time often ride out catastrophes with minimal or no loss
of data, communications, hardware, or business revenue. This in turn allows them to maintain the faith
and confidence of their customers and investors.
Disaster Recovery Planning with a proactive approach, rather than a reactive approach, is the factor that
makes the critical difference between the organizations that can successfully manage crises with minimal
cost and effort and maximum speed. Those who utilize a reactive approach, are left picking up the pieces
for untold lengths of time and unnecessary costs that providers decide to charge; forcing organizations to
make decision out of desperation.
Detailed disaster recovery plans can prevent many of the heartaches and headaches experienced by an organization in times of disaster. By having strategic practiced plans put in place by our Global Security Defense Team of experts, not only for equipment and network recovery, but also plans that precisely outline what steps each person involved in recovery efforts should undertake, your organization can improve their recovery time and minimize the time that their normal business functions are disrupted. It is vitally important that disaster recovery plans be carefully laid out, practiced, and regularly updated to meet the ongoing changes of environmental and national security threats. Organizations need to have systems in place to regularly train their network engineers, managers, and staff. Special attention should also be paid to training any new employees who will have a critical role in the disaster recovery process. Our expert consultant team is here to provide the necessary strategic planning, table top or real-life training exercises, and group/individual education to meet the unique disaster recovery and business continuity planning for all business sectors.
A primary goal of multi-hazard threat mitigation and creating personalized business disaster recovery plans is to help each organization maintain its full business operations and continuity, minimize damage, and prevent financial and physical loss. One of the most important questions to ask when evaluating multiple disaster recovery plans is, "Will this contingency plan work?" The best way to ensure reliability of a business continuity plan is to implement regular practice and continued education training. Scheduling regular reviews and updates of recovery plans to ensure the business has the most accurate, reliable, and current disaster recovery plans in place to mitigate the changing environments and threats. Some organizations find it helpful to do this on a monthly basis so that the plan stays current and reflects the needs an organization has today, and not just the data, software, etc., it had six months ago.
Not many years ago when a business wanted to find the ways to prepare itself against disaster and ensure business continuity should catastrophe strike, the bulk of the organization's time, money, and effort would be spent on ways that disasters could (hopefully) be avoided altogether. Often the outcome of an organization's search for ways to protect their most critical business applications (in order to shore up their business continuity if disaster hit), was that they found they could potentially avoid harm through the use of redundant data lines. As news of this information spread, it did not take long before the words "disaster" and "recovery" were replaced by "continuity" and "resumption."
While a small percentage of corporate entities were still dedicated to disaster recovery as one way of maintaining business continuity, the bulk of the focus was placed on disaster avoidance. Over the last several years however, that paradigm has shifted and a new kind of disaster preparation has replaced that type of thinking. Avoidance is a great idea in theory, but cannot always be reproduced in real life.
The horrific events of 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Sandy, CA Power Station Sabotage, and Fukushima events (just to name a few) brought into sharp focus the short comings and inadequacies of the idea of avoidance plans as preparation. The urgent need to regain business continuity after the disaster, and the inability of many businesses to be able to gain access to their normal critical business functions were a wake up call for corporations everywhere to reevaluate the plans they had previously put in place to mitigate such events. These horrific events made many organizations realize the vast inadequacy of their current plans as they saw the heavy price paid by many organizations for their unwitting vulnerability. It is time now for organizations to realize that they must prepare for unavoidable circumstances, low probability - high impact, and ambiguous disasters and national security threats. Contact our Global Security Defense team today so that we can provide you with unique proactive solutions for your business continuity and strategic disaster planning needs.