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Disaster Recovery Planning is Important

Disaster Recovery Planning is Important

Everyone is busy.  In today’s world people are busy even when they are retired.  Business goes to those who hustle, and each business is focused on beating their competitors. Long-term success is not gained by hustle alone.  It is gained by thoughtful planning and follow through. The time is takes to do this type of planning takes away time from the immediate hustle that we are all participating in, but in the end wins out.

Disaster recovery planning is such an activity.  In the words of the great Benjamin Franklin “Failure to plan is planning to fail”.  Disasters can and do happen.  They can take on different forms including natural disasters (which is a minority), user error (statistically the highest percentage), personnel loss and increasingly, a security incident.

More so today than ever, your security defenses are linked with your disaster recovery plans. A ransomware infection, as an example, is both a security incident and a disaster.  The two cannot be thought of separately anymore.

The planning that goes into having a good security response plan and a good disaster recovery plan is the type of work that seemingly takes you away from the hustle that is part of your day to day grind. It is difficult to carve out the time to evaluate your business’ preparedness, but it is absolutely vital.

When I am trying to make the case to an organization that making time for disaster recovery planning is not only necessary but going to make them more successful in the long run, I often refer to Stephen Covey’s “7 Habits of Highly Effective People”. In his book, Covey takes about the four quadrants where people spend their time as outlined in the graphic below:

Figure 1: Stephen Covey’s Time Management Matrix

Most people spend their time in quadrants one and three.  These are activities that have urgency (both important and not important).  Of course, people will spend time on urgent and important activities, which are emergencies and disasters, but Covey argues that truly effective people spend the bulk of their time in quadrant two.  By planning, you avoid those disasters that pull you into quadrant one and effective people delegate the non-important and spend their time on the important.  Disaster Recovery planning is a perfect example of an important but not (yet) urgent activity that Covey is speaking about. If you don’t put the time into preparation and planning, and a disaster hits, you are in for a difficult, quadrant one day.

How confident are you in your disaster recovery and security response plans?   What are you working on today? Are you working in quadrant two as effective people do? Give us a call at (888) 600-4560 or email us at to discuss your plans.



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