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Disaster Recovery Planning Mistakes

distaster recovery mistakeA disaster recovery plan is only good if it can actually be implemented in the event of a disaster, and if it addresses the real concerns a business has when disaster strikes. Accordingly, there are some significant mistakes that have to be avoided when making your disaster recovery plan. What follows are some of the most often-repeated, yet most dangerous, disaster recovery planning mistakes.

Lack of proactive and evident senior management support
Having a tacit approval, or even a mandate from senior management doesn’t mean that, when the time comes, they’ll be willing to implement the disaster recovery plan. For a disaster recovery plan to be truly effective, senior management has to buy into the plan early and enthusiastically. This, of course, has a lot more to do with corporate culture than it does with anything else. Getting the company’s leadership to understand a disaster recovery plan and back it publically and thoroughly is one of the most challenging, yet most necessary aspects of an effective disaster recovery plan.

Lack of employee support
While management support is integral to getting a disaster recovery plan in place, you need to have employee support in order to carry out a disaster recovery plan effectively. At a minimum, you need to reduce or eliminate employee resistance to the disaster recovery plan.

Building employee support is often much more subtle than building management support. To build employee support, you need to involve each department in the disaster recovery process in such a way as to allow them to influence the planning process and, to some degree, take ownership of their own area’s disaster recovery.
Your disaster recovery plan is only effective if those tasked with its implementation are willing to execute it thoroughly and enthusiastically.

Delegating disaster recovery to a single person
While there is surely something to be said for the way a committee can slow down a process, when it comes to disaster recovery a senior committee is essential. Because disaster recovery tasks are mission-critical, no one person should be solely responsible or accountable for the process.

If nothing else, relying on a group of individuals during the disaster recovery process builds some redundancy into the plan and helps insure that a second or corollary disaster affecting one person doesn’t diminish the disaster recovery process altogether.

A lack of substance
There is always the danger, in disaster recovery planning, that you’ll wind up with a whole lot of generalizations about how important disaster recovery is, with very little real substance. Unfortunately, the majority of corporate disaster recovery plans seem to be ensconced in a beautiful yet shallow veneer of concern for the company with very little in the way of ability to preserve mission critical data and processes.

Accordingly, an effective disaster recovery plan has to be specific. While it doesn’t have to detail each and every procedure, it should at least acknowledge those procedures and indicate which are to be used and when.

Insufficient or non-existent budget
Planning for a disaster takes money. However, it takes far less money to plan for disaster recovery than it does to reactively try to recover from a disaster.

A budget of both material and human resources is essential to effective disaster planning. In addition to systems and technological aids, a good disaster recovery plan will tap key employees throughout the organization and utilize their expertise, both in the planning and the execution of the plan.

Budgeting, of course, goes back to the first mistake of disaster recovery planning: management buy-in. By convincing management of the necessity of disaster recovery planning, you’re opening up channels through which the disaster recovery program can gain the assets it needs.

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