Disasters generally impact your business in 2 ways: the immediate, most devastating blow, and the longer-term “aftershock” effects of the initial disaster. Successful businesses have both of these aspects covered with a disaster recovery plan and a business continuity plan
.While recovery strategies and business continuity go hand-in-hand, they are two distinct aspects of good business planning. Disaster recovery covers the immediate fallout from any disruption in your day to day productivity, while business continuity covers the aftershocks to get your business back on track in the long-term.
It may be tempting to put more focus on one process or the other, but they are both essential for a business to remain productive after an emergency, and even remain compliant in certain industries.