When speaking of technology and information governance, we often are told that “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” – or in other words, don’t go looking for trouble where there isn’t any. But when it comes to disaster recovery and, especially, continuity of operations, I vehemently disagree.
These two disciplines exist specifically to ensure you are ready to respond when things DO break – and the best way to prepare for that is to break them on purpose, and then figure out how to most quickly put them back together.
To be clear, I’m not advocating that you unplug your servers or trigger your fire suppression system to see what happens. But simulating these events is a “must,” and regular drills in this regard have to be part of your risk readiness if you want to achieve “continuity of information,” and keep your business moving when real trouble strikes. (more…)