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CISSP For Dummies, 4th Edition by Peter Gregory, Lawrence Miller

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How BCP and DRP Work Together

Business Continuity Planning and Disaster Recovery Planning are two sides of the same coin. Each springs into action when a disaster strikes. But they do have different goals:

check.png BCP: Business Continuity Planning deals with keeping business operations running — perhaps in another location or by using different tools and processes — after a disaster has struck.

check.png DRP: Disaster Recovery Planning deals with restoring normal business operations after the disaster takes place.

While the Business Continuity team is busy keeping business operations running via one of possibly several contingency plans, the Disaster Recovery team members are busy restoring the original facilities and equipment so that they can resume normal operations.

Here’s an analogy. Two boys kick a big anthill — a disaster for the ant colony. Some of the ants scramble to save the eggs and the food supply; that’s Ant City business continuity. Other ants work on rebuilding the anthill; that’s Ant City disaster recovery. Both teams work to ensure the anthill’s survival, but each team has its own role to play.

BCP and DRP projects have these common elements:

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