Data is Key
The foundation of effective recovery planning is an understanding of business processes and their tasks, workflows and data. Techniques like business process deconstruction are key to understanding which data assets are critical (because they support critical business) and which are less important.
This same analysis should precede security planning, compliance planning, and even technology planning...
To remain current with business and technology change, plans must be tested. However, of the 50% or so of companies that build continuity plans, fewer than 50% actually test their plans, which is like having no plan at all.
Software "aggregators" and "wrappers" are appearing that might help simplify this task.
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