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Disaster Recovery: Predicated On Fallacies

Written by  Norm Koehler, CRP, CBCP November 21, 2007

Years ago, I was often amazed at the number of businesses that had no viable recovery plan in place. These were not just your small to medium size organizations, but companies whose names you would recognize. More often than not, disaster recovery was absent, or passively dormant, within their business culture. Even more disturbing was to encounter those who believed that they had a recovery plan, when, as a matter of fact, they didn’t. In reality, what they had was a combination of two misconceptions that, when married together, had created a false sense of readiness: A reliance on an emergency response plan that’s been labeled a disaster recovery plan, and/or An expectation that outside assistance will address their recovery. A decade later, very little has changed. Despite our efforts as recovery planners, attempts to carry and deliver the message have not kept up with change. Business priorities change, new companies are born,

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