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DR vs. BC: Dueling Recovery Plans

Written by  Greg Holdburg, MRP Monday, 19 November 2007 23:50

Many companies today have created an environment of hostility between disaster recovery planning (DRP) and business continuity planning (BCP). Companies are creating two independently operating groups tasked with planning for a disastrous event. Below is the industry’s own definition of the disciplines from the DRJ glossary: DISASTER RECOVERY PLAN (DRP): The document that defines the resources, actions, tasks, and data required to manage the business recovery process in the event of a business interruption. The plan is designed to assist in restoring the business process within the stated disaster recovery goals. BUSINESS CONTINUITY PLANNING (BCP): Process of developing advance arrangements and procedures that enable an organization to respond to an event in such a manner that critical business functions continue with planned levels of interruption or essential change. How did the two grow apart? The best way to understand the situation is to look at the history of the recovery process.

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