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Assume the Best and Prepare For the Worst

Written by  DICK BENTON October 1, 2009

Publishing your DR assumptions as tactical policies is critical to your DR budget, your DR architecture, your DR plan – and your career survival after a disaster Assumptions can have a critical impact on the plan itself, on the budget for the plan, and even the ability to actually execute the plan. The assumptions made in planning disaster recovery often include the extent of the disaster, the survival of transportation infrastructure, the survival or availability of recovery staff as well as many other assumptions that will directly impact your plan and your DR architecture. By identifying and publishing these assumptions up front, senior management can review and signoff on the impact on the plan and the budget as a result of the stated assumptions. Inevitably, the assumptions identified and published become a defacto tactical policy set that provides the foundation philosophy for DR planning. Many misunderstandings can be avoided by bringing assumptions

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