When Disaster Recovery Plans Are a Disaster

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 09-23-2015 Email

Only a minority of organizations are able to activate their disaster recovery/business continuity (DR/BC) plans with minimal difficulties, according to a recent survey from Janco Associates. In some cases, DR/BC teams don't have the training required to carry out the plan. In others, they fail to properly document their DR/BC strategy. Other problems emerge due to a lack of available backup power needed to conduct the plan. And more than a few survey respondents admit that they have not been able to find the right passwords to access and deploy the plan in the past. Beyond these somewhat comedy-of-error-styled snafus, however, there were broader and more prohibitive barriers cited, including the presence of material errors in the plans. "We found that the primary reasons for many of these defects was that the plans were too difficult to keep up-to-date when they were in purely written format," said M. V. Janulaitis, CEO of Janco. To address this, Janco recently released an updated version of its Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity Template, which includes a new DR/BC audit program, a business impact toolkit and 17 related e-forms. Executives from more than 180 organizations took part in the research.

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.


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