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Prioritizing Disaster Recovery Plans Using Risk Maps

Written by  Mark Jablonowski

Recovery professionals agree that the first step in establishing effective disaster plans is a systematic risk assessment. The occurrence of disruptions of the type the disaster planner deals with and their affects can rarely be determined in advance. They are governed by the element of chance. The best we can do is determine the exposures long run relative frequency of occurrence, or what we refer to as its probability. A risk assessment consists of the identification of the organization's exposures to disruption, and the subsequent determination of each exposure's probability/ consequence characteristics. While each exposure to potential disruption of operations is unique, we can summarize their properties using the probability/ consequence data obtained through a formal risk assessment. We can not predict the occurrence of the next disaster with this data, but we can use it to make reasoned decision about dealing with disaster. Among these is the ability to effectively