Disaster recovery and business continuity are closely aligned, focusing on the organisation’s readiness for unanticipated threats.

Disaster Recovery, the ability to recover from data loss or data intrusion, and Business Continuity, the ability to ensure “business as usual” in the event of a catastrophic business outage, are two critical strategies that every business must have in place.

In the rapidly changing landscape of business activity, be it on premise, cloud or hybrid, the backup and control of your business data is critical.

The key aim of Disaster recovery and business continuity is to protect the business from unforeseen incidents, such as failings caused by human error, cybercrime and natural disasters, ensure business availability is high and in the event of an issue, to get business activity running as close to normal as possible, as quickly as possible.

  • Recognising the need for DR & BC

    Organisations face a “what if?” scenario on a daily basis.  “What if my business experiences loss of service or a catastrophic outage?” Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery plans are key to mitigating downtime and are defined by the amount of time a business can afford to be offline.

  • Understand your objectives

    Every business and its DR & BC plan is different. Understanding your business Recovery Point Objective (RPO) and Recovery Time Objective (RTO) is essential. In the event of a catastrophic outage, how would your business return to a full status recovery and how long would it take?

  • Auditing is essential

    A comprehensive audit will often glean the business requirements, including its RPO and RTO, to address the business defined Maximum Tolerable Downtime (MTD) ensuring “business as usual” in an agreed time frame.

  • How can eSpida help?

    Whether you find your business in a situation whereby you need to recover data quickly, or wish to take advantage of a full outsourced business continuity plan, eSpida’s security consultants can assist you in designing a fully tested and robust DR & BC plan tailored to your specific business needs.


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