One simple tool to amp up your disaster recovery plan

By Laura DeLallo and Julie Yamamoto

If you’re in the business of disaster recovery, you probably like cool tools, especially if they can help you improve your business continuity plan. So if you want to jump right into the assessment tool we just created, go right ahead.


For those who want to learn more first, here are a few questions for you:

  1. How quickly can your organization get back to business if your systems go down?
  2. Will you be able to meet your recovery time and recovery point objectives?
  3. How well can you control recovery costs?

A majority of you can probably answer these questions based on in-the-trenches experience. How do we know? For 60 percent of the 310 business continuity and disaster recovery (BCDR) professionals we surveyed, these weren’t hypothetical questions – they’ve had to execute their disaster recovery plans due to a service disruption.

The real stunner, though? Nearly 40 percent of those we surveyed had to execute their plans in just the past two years. It’s a stark reminder of the risks today’s organizations face as systems become increasingly integrated, distributed and interdependent. So odds are that you’re going to use your BCDR plans, and maybe more often than you think.

Are you prepared?


Let us level with you

Interestingly, our study found that the participating organizations fell into three distinct categories when it came to BCDR.

  • Tacticians consider disaster recovery to be primarily an IT issue. They test systems individually and often infrequently.
  • Specialists have begun to improve their testing and security. But their disaster recovery plans aren’t yet fully aligned with the company’s business strategy.
  • Masters are setting a new standard in BCDR. They outdo their peers by using an enterprise-wide strategy and by conducting more frequent and rigorous testing. Masters were 4 times more likely than Tacticians to report that their performance was industry-leading and 2.5 times more likely to report successfully lowering their recovery costs.

Where do you fit in?

Assess yourself

We asked the organizations in our original survey a lot of questions. Our resident data scientist Derek Franks built a really cool predictive model that lets you answer this short survey — nine questions in all — to see how you would have scored had you taken the full survey.

In less than ten minutes, you can find out which category you fall into. And you’ll learn more about the Masters’ best practices along the way.

But, wait — there’s more! 🙂

Based on your score, you’ll receive recommendations on how to take your BCDR plans to the next level.

Already a Master? Then you know, while you might be more prepared than others, there’s always more to do.

Take the assessment now to see where you rank and get ideas on how to improve.

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