Successful plans make successful goals. When you are on an individual or group mission, a plan should be well-established as you will use it as your primary tool that will lead you to your objectives. This is also true when dealing with threats and other outside forces that may hinder business growth and development. With the advent of Information Technology, the need to secure or protect every single bit of information is critical. At these times when computer systems and devices become more complex, and the emergence of disasters and other threats become inevitable, a well-anticipated disaster recovery plan (DRP) is the key.
Often referred to as business continuity plan (BCP), DRP is a comprehensive set of processes and procedures that are carefully set up within the organization. This is to ensure that very important aspects of the business can still function, in such a way that data records can still be accessed and certain devices and infrastructures can still be used in times when emergency situations happen. Disasters are sometimes inevitable but a good DRP should address three areas and these are: (a) prevention or pre-disaster; (b) continuity or during a disaster; and (c) recovery or post disaster.
Prevention is the pre-planning stage wherein determination of the area within the organization that will be impacted by an anticipated disaster will take place. Continuity is the stage wherein essential systems and resources are preserved and maintained during a disaster. The recovery stage, on the other hand, is the stage wherein the restoration of impacted systems to normal operational status occurs. However, this has to be done at the soonest possible time to maintain and ensure the needs and demands of the business.