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Business continuity and disaster recovery – understanding the difference.

Protecting your business in the event of a disaster.

Whether you experience a man-made issue such as human error or cyber-attack, or a natural event such as a fire or flood; being aware that business continuity and disaster recovery are two different things. Can you ensure that you have the right plan in place to safely recover your systems and data in the event of a catastrophe.

What is Business Continuity?

Business Continuity refers to your ability to continue to do business in the event of a systems failure or disaster.

The action you take to recover your data forms part of your continuity plan, but it’s not the only thing to be considered. Issues to do with staff, equipment used, as well as where your business is located, particularly if you operate from several sites, are also included in the risk assessment and subsequent planning.

What is Disaster Recovery?

Disaster recovery refers to the specific part of your business continuity plan that’s related to the recovery of your critical data in the event of a disaster.

Unfortunately, disasters can happen at any time. There’s no telling when the next fire or storm will strike, or when human error, malicious attack or systems failure will occur. Should the worst happen and to avoid it being a fatal blow, you need to ensure your data is regularly backed up and securely stored to make it quick and easy to recover. Guarding against data loss in this way could not only reduce your financial loss, it could also save your reputation and enable you to maintain your customers’ loyalty.

Awareness – planning for recovery after disaster

At ASL, we have vast experience helping businesses across the UK to develop, design, plan and implement business continuity for disaster recovery solutions. We can:

  • design a bespoke solution tailored to your business needs and budget
  • recover all your networks, applications and business services across all your locations
  • ensure business continuity at remote sites
  • carry out frequent recovery testing for your critical applications
  • define your recovery point objectives (RPOs) and recovery time objectives (RTOs).

In addition, should your head office be affected, our disaster recovery solution can make sure your remote sites are not affected.

Being able to bounce back with minimum disruption means being clear about what it is you need to do first, and this is where our extensive knowledge and expertise is invaluable. If you have any doubts about your ability to recover after an unplanned event, and want to explore how business continuity and disaster recovery can help safeguard your business, contact us at ASL.

Call 0345 862 0350 to discuss developing and implementing a business continuity and data recovery plan.

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