It amazes me that in this day and age there are firms out there with absolutely no disaster recovery plan. I am not talking about a comprehensive 200-page manual but just a simple calling tree. How can any business operate without some level disaster recovery preparedness?
Let’s first define disaster. I would define a disaster as any event that adversely affects your operations. These events can affect your computer operations in any number of ways. Recovery back to normal operations can take anywhere from a few minutes to several hours.
Having worked in NYC for my entire career, NYC has been the center of many events. Many of which I have been through.
Here is a list of disasters that a firm should be prepared for:
Acts of God, Air-conditioning failure, Arson, Blackouts, Blizzards, Boiler explosions, Bomb threats, Bridge collapse, Brownouts, Brush fires, Building collapse, Chemical accidents, Civil disobedience, Communication failure, Computer crime, Disgruntle employee, Denial of Service, Earthquakes, Embezzlement, Explosions, Falling objects, Fire, Flood, Hardware crash, High winds, Heating/cooling failure, Hostage situation, Human error, Hurricane, Ice storm, Interruption in public service, Internet outage, Coup d’état, Pandemic, Water main break, Terrorism, Labor dispute, Lightning strike, Malicious destruction, Military operations, Mismanagement, Personnel non-availability, Plane crash, Phishing, Public demonstrations, Buggy software, Radiology accident, Railroad accident, Sabotage, Sewage backup, Snowstorm, Software failure, Sprinkler failure, Telephone problems, Theft of data, Transportation problems, Vandalism, Computer viruses, Water damage, Worms, Gas leaks
This lists gives you something to think about.
Thanks for sharing this great list — an excellent place for discussing business/IT risks and a BCP. We can now include virus – SARS, Avian Flu, Swine Flu and another other type of Pandemic.
An interesting one that I went through was on an island. Earthquake cut all but 1 submarine cable and the island fell off the “WWW Grid” so to speak. Not fun. Just for that I had to relook and rethink my entire IT infrastructure.
Lui, Great example of how there is no magic bullet in DR/BCP planning. DR/BCP planning is more art than science.