Stop using the ‘perfect storm’ as an excuse for poor disaster planning

Stop using the ‘perfect storm’ as an excuse for poor disaster planning

November 27

Disaster recovery is essential for businesses. However, according to Continuity Central, some will look for any excuse to put it off. “Black swans” and “perfect storms” are common excuses, with businesses using the idea of a disaster that is entirely unpredictable to put off planning for those that could be avoided.

A “perfect storm,” however, isn’t just an unpredictable disaster. Every disaster, whether natural or man-made, has unpredictable elements – it is a disaster on the scale of the 9/11 attacks that really qualifies as a “perfect storm,” according to the news source. And while a business may not be able to protect itself from a terrorist attack on its own, it still needs to take the steps to prepare.

For businesses, the first step is to implement data backup software. Once its information resources are protected, a company can look at other areas, such as employee safety and other needs that have to be addressed for business continuity.

And even the “perfect storm” is something a business can prepare for, Elisabeth Pate-Cornell, a professor at Stanford, told the news source.

“Risk analysis is not about predicting anything before it happens, it’s just giving the probability of various scenarios,” Pate-Cornell said, according to the report, emphasizing the need for part-by-part examination of disaster recovery.

By looking at the different parts that make up a major disaster individually and planning for each one, a business can have a better chance of surviving and recovering quickly from the overarching crisis. Pate-Cornell argues that systematically eliminating risks can help businesses make smarter decisions when it comes to recovery and reduce downtime and continuity challenges overall, even if a “perfect storm” does strike.