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Keep The Plan Simple, Easy To Understand, and Use Common Sense

Written by  NORMAN HARRIS, CBCP, CRP December 29, 2009

Thomas Paine, one of the founding fathers, around the time of the American Revolution wrote a document, called “The Crisis.” We have all heard one of the famous lines in this document many times, “These are the times that try men’s souls.” A little later he wrote a document for the army titled “Common Sense.” In spite of the fact that both of these documents were written by a patriot and dreamer more than 200 years ago, we might believe the titles are about the disaster recovery/business continuity industry today. Business continuity planners are similar to Thomas Paine in that their profession and ideals are new. The profession of business continuity planner has only been around in the business world for a little more than 35 years. It only started coming into its own when organizations become very dependent on computers. Disaster recovery/business continuity planning (DR/BCP) as a profession by all standards

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