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The Proof is in the Paper, on TV

Written by  ED DEVLIN, CBCP Monday, 11 July 2011 18:07

As I begin to write one of my final columns, I think back to when I first became involved with the BCP industry. I remember presenting the concept of “Disaster Recovery Planning” at the first seminar my company sponsored on Dec. 4, 1973. The initial discussions of the seminar covered the following: What is a disaster recovery plan? Why should you have one? How do you develop one? What are the pitfalls in planning & implementation? Then the step by step discussions of the seminar revolved around a company’s policy for the following three items: Data retention, rotation & retrieval Short term recovery plan Long term recovery plan Finally, the discussions moved to items such as: Responsibility plan (individuals responsibilities during a recovery operation) Application priorities System requirements Back-up sites Storage areas Insurance considerations Nearly 40 years later, I realize how simplistic our thinking was then. But then, compared to today, the data processing mission and technology were simplistic 40 years ago as well.As many project