The criticality of a Disaster Recovery plan

Criticality of a Disaster Recovery Plan (DRP)

The criticality of a Disaster Recovery plan

In a world that is increasingly digital, business continuity in case of disaster has become a crucial issue for companies.

This article briefly presents the approach and typical content of a business recovery plan

Alain Marchildon
President Eficio

In an increasingly digital world, business continuity has become a crucial issue for companies. System failure or service interruption can quickly jeopardize a business, resulting in significant financial losses and a tarnished reputation. Unexpected events such as cyberattacks, natural disasters, system failures, and others can cause significant disruptions to a company’s operations.

For this reason, it is crucial to implement a business continuity plan (BCP or DRP-Disaster Recovery Plan) to anticipate and manage potential interruptions to operations. This article will focus on the importance of implementing a business continuity plan focused on the recovery of IT systems and business processes, as well as critical elements to consider.

The Business Continuity Plan is a planning process that is documented (ideally on a protected cloud-based platform). The BCP minimizes the risks and impacts of interruptions to a company’s operations. The BCP describes how an organization can continue to operate in the event of a major disaster affecting its processes and IT systems.

It is a comprehensive plan that includes several components, including business continuity planning, disaster recovery planning, emergency planning, and crisis management planning. Each of these components is essential to ensure business continuity in the event of a breakdown, interruption, or disaster.

To develop an effective BCP, the following steps should be followed:

        • Analyze business processes and identify critical activities that must be maintained in the event of a disaster.
        • Evaluate risks and their probability of occurrence, as well as their impact on business processes.
        • Define recovery objectives, i.e., the maximum acceptable time for the recovery of critical activities (RTO) and the minimum acceptable level of service to be provided (RPO).
        • Identify the resources necessary for the recovery of critical activities, including infrastructure, applications, data, personnel, and suppliers.
        • Develop recovery strategies and procedures for each critical activity, taking into account possible disaster scenarios and available resources.
        • Test and validate the BCP regularly to ensure that it is up to date and working as intended.
        • Train and educate personnel involved in the BCP on their roles and responsibilities.

A BCP should include the following sections:

      • An introduction that presents the context, objective, scope, and assumptions of the BCP.
      • An analysis of business processes that describes critical activities and their dependencies on information systems.
      • A risk analysis that identifies potential threats and their impacts on business processes.
      • A recovery strategy that defines recovery objectives, necessary resources, and procedures to follow in the event of a disaster.
      • An operational plan that details actions to be taken before, during, and after the recovery of critical activities.
      • A communication plan that specifies the means and recipients of information during crisis management.
      • A maintenance plan that indicates the frequency and method of testing and updating the BCP.

A Business Continuity Plan is an essential tool to ensure the continuity of a business organization in the face of the uncertainties of the modern world. It helps prevent or limit financial, operational, and human losses related to an IT disaster. It also contributes to strengthening the trust of clients, partners, and employees in the organization.

With the help of our structured approach and easily adaptable templates, Eficio’s CIOs or CISOs can assist you in implementing a business continuity plan.