16.1. The Nature of Disaster

Disaster recovery planning brings order to the chaotic events surrounding the interruption of an organization's normal activities. By its very nature, the disaster recovery plan is implemented only when tension is high and cooler heads might not naturally prevail. Picture the circumstances in which you might find it necessary to implement DRP measures—a hurricane destroys your main operations facility, a fire devastates your main processing center, terrorist activity closes off access to a major metropolitan area. Any event that stops, prevents, or interrupts your organization's ability to perform its work tasks is considered a disaster. The moment you are unable to support your mission-critical processes is the ...

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