All organizations need to mitigate the potential risks of a disruptive event on their profitability. Disruptions can be as broad-reaching as a natural disaster or as seemingly trivial as a construction crew cutting the wrong cable. Both types of events cause downtime and are occurring with increasing frequency. This has led organizations to examine how they can prepare for and minimize the negative effects of these scenarios.
At SSR, we are accustomed to identifying and implementing a wide range of solutions in both Disaster Recovery & Business Continuity. IT Business Continuity ensures that essential IT functions can continue during and after a disaster or disruption. IT Disaster Recovery is one aspect of a business continuity plan focused primarily on data recovery and restoration. The amount of time it takes to recover the data can vary based upon the overall continuity plan and the nature of the disruption.
SSR’s Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity approach identifies your critical objectives and builds a plan around them. A variety of resources may be incorporated and the plan is formulated based upon the criticality of your varying business needs. This approach provides efficiencies by prioritizing critical events and eliminates the utilization of unnecessary resources.
SSR has assisted hundreds of clients through disasters of varying severity. This experience allows us to anticipate and mitigate the damage caused by potential disruptions.
Disaster Recovery Business Continuity Plan (DRBCP)
Challenge – In Milwaukee, the office of the Employee Retirement System (ERS) is responsible for distribution of the city’s pension plan to more than 12,000 retirees. Staff was beginning the process of setting up a Disaster Recovery Business Continuity Plan (DRBCP) as a preventative measure. DRBCP is responsible for preventing unforeseen disruptions in daily operations and/or data loss. ERS needed assistance in creating a comprehensive DRBCP.
Solution – SSR was called in to formalize the plan and identify vulnerabilities including all internal and external threats that could interrupt business systems.
Result – SSR provided policies, procedures and a roadmap to the recovery of information technology and core business processes in the case of an emergency. In addition, the DRBCP offers peace of mind for ERS that the risk is diminished against sudden or unexpected losses.
“We worked with SSR to document the DRBCP,” says Kelly Reid, Chief Technology Officer for Employee Retirement System. “They came in with guidelines and standards and, over a 10-week period, coordinated the entire solution.”