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Disaster Recovery – What is a disaster?

Thursday, August 14th, 2014

An information technology disaster can be defined as any event or series of events which halt the production capability of any information system.  An organization deletes an Excel spreadsheet being used to keep track of sales or inventory is a disaster. Another organization has a fire in the data center and due to fire suppression techniques the server hardware is damaged is a disaster. Regardless of the physical magnitude, it a system’s production capability is lost the organization has suffered a disaster.

Every organization needs to define information technology disasters within each information technology system in use. Evaluations can take the form of hiring a Systems Analyst or even brainstorming. Identify the systems that if lost, will result in halting production capabilities within the organization. Refrain from passing judgment at this time since the emphasis is on identification and not change.