Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Planning

Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Planning

Business Continuity Planning is the process of creating plans and associated systems of prevention and recovery to deal with a school districts ability to carry on critical business operations in the event of a disaster. These disasters could be localized (such as a fire which destroys the district board office and/or primary data centre), or regional disaster (such as an earthquake) affecting several sites including local servers and the district’s primary data centre.
Business Continuity includes Operations Risk Assessment, Prioritizing Services, Disaster Recovery, Failover and Recovery Strategies. This presentation will provide an overview of these strategies, why they are important and a suggested process for implementing appropriate planning. It will also include the financial and structural challenges school districts have creating and implementing an effective Business Continuity Plan.
Business Continuity Planning is an essential aspect of organizational business operations closely tied with Information Technology. School District auditors are now making Business Continuity Planning a recommended aspect of their recommendations. Additionally, all BC Ministries, and their associated agencies are required by the office of the BC Chief Information Officer to create and maintain Business Continuity Plans.