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Business Continuity – More Than Simply Recovering From a Disaster

If your organisation believes that Business Continuity is all about having back-up computers in the event of a disaster, it is wrong! Martin Turner, a senior consultant with systems integrator GFI Informatics and a specialist in Business Continuity considers what turns an IT-centred Disaster recovery plan into a true Business Continuity plan. This article is about ensuring the continuance of your business. Mention Business Continuity and many organisations will say they are covered as they have back-up computers. The odd thing is that you will usually get this answer even if you ask business people rather than members of the IT department. The term Disaster Recovery is often confused with Business Continuity. Having ‘back-up computers’ will not provide Business Continuity; in fact it will probably not even provide real Disaster Recovery. What does the term ‘disaster’ mean? This is something that disrupts the smooth running of your business. It can be anything from a loss of an entire set of offices, losing the people who run the business or losing data from a computer system as a result of a virus or malicious hacking. Full Story

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