8.1. Understanding Business Continuity

One of the oldest phrases still in use today is "the show must go on." Nowhere is that more true than in the world of business, where downtime means the loss of significant revenue with each passing minute. Business continuity is primarily concerned with the processes, policies, and methods that an organization follows to minimize the impact of a system failure, network failure, or the failure of any key component needed for operation—essentially, whatever it takes to ensure that the business continues, that the show does indeed go on.

Contingency and disaster-recovery planning make up a significant part of business continuity. The plans that you formulate for dealing with disasters are known as schemes ...

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