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The 20 Truths of Business Continuity

Written by  Gerard Minnich, MBCP November 22, 2007

If you’ve been responsible for business continuity planning for any length of time you’ve probably seen a number of program characteristics that you can absolutely count on. After 20 years of helping organizations with their business continuity and disaster recovery plans I’ve noticed some of these inescapable traits, or truths, that never fail to surface. I’ve organized these “20 Truths” so you can recognize them early on in your program and deal with them accordingly. 1. Prevention costs less than recovery, and it’s faster. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure – sound familiar? The first question asked after the smoke clears is how the disaster could have been avoided. That’s the prevention question. The question you have to answer right now is when do you want to answer that question. 2. If the real estate is cheap, there’s a reason. People responsible for finding space use criteria (e.g., size,

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