In our modern society of constant internet availability and round-the-clock global workforces, your business needs to be able to rely on its computer technology to keep your network, website, and business operations up and running. In the case of a disaster—a loss or destruction of data or other incident that interrupts your business—you need to be able to quickly get back up on your feet and into the game.
These two concepts are called “business continuity planning” and “disaster recovery.” Because they are similar in some ways—they are “backup plans” in case of failure or emergency rather than normal, everyday operating procedures—they are frequently discussed together as “BC/DR.” However, they are not interchangeable. It can be a huge mistake to assume that backing up your data and computer assets in the event of a disaster will automatically assure business continuity. Similarly, putting systems in place to ensure business continuity may not necessarily protect your organization’s valuable data.