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When Disaster Recovery Plans Are a Disaster

 
 
By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 09-23-2015
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    When Disaster Recovery Plans Are a Disaster

    A lack of training, backup power and accessible passwords are just a few of the reasons companies struggle to activate a smooth disaster recovery process.
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    Launch Failure
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    Launch Failure

    Less than 29% of survey respondents said their organizations can activate their disaster recovery/business continuity (DR/BC) plan with only "limited" difficulties.
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    Mistake-Prone
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    Mistake-Prone

    Nearly 67% said their DR/BC plan had at least one error that created difficulties.
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    Bad Timing
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    Bad Timing

    Just more than half said the plan was not up-to-date.
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    Access Denied

    About 37% said they were unable to find the right passwords to access/utilize the plan.
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    Weak Wattage
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    Weak Wattage

    Nearly 24% said they had insufficient backup power to put the plan in play.
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    Back to School
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    Back to School

    About 18% said their DR/BC team didn't have enough training to effectively carry out the plan.
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    Retrieval Ranking

    Nearly 15% said recovery priorities were not identified in the DR/BC plan.
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    About 14% said their DR/BC plan was never documented.
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    Nearly 13% said they couldn't identify the event that caused the disaster/disruption in time to take advantage of their DR/BC plan.
 

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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