Disaster Recovery | Business Continuity | Business Resilience
What is Business Continuity?
Business continuity is the business management discipline that provides for the continuous operation – or rapid recovery – of critical business functions in the event of a disaster or other major business disruption.
Business continuity originated in the 1970s as “disaster recovery” and was primarily a means of protecting large corporations against the loss of their mainframe data centers.
In the 1980s, disaster recovery was expanded to include the recovery of non-information technology (non-IT) functions and the term “business recovery” was coined.
By the 1990s, with the emergence of e-commerce and other real-time, customer-facing applications, the recovery industry realized that recovery, itself, was no longer an adequate objective. The standard had been raised from recovery to continuous operation. Consequently, business recovery morphed into business continuity.
The PBG Networks Business Continuity Practice is Divided into Three Related Offerings:
Disaster Recovery is aimed at helping clients protect their information technology infrastructure from physical threats, like floods and wildfires, and digital threats, like ransomware and APTs.
Business Continuity is aimed at helping clients safeguard their entire asset base against physical and digital threats, and involves protection against damage or harm to vital resources, such as:
- Headquarter buildings and remote offices
- Manufacturing and production facilities
- Telecommunications centers and research laboratories
- Product and supply inventories
- Personnel resources
Business Resilience is aimed at helping clients adapt their technology infrastructures to changing conditions, including:
- Economic, like The Great Recession of 2008/2009
- Political, like Britain’s exit from the European Union
- Environmental, like Climate Change-intensified hurricanes and wildfires
- Medical, like the COVID-19 pandemic
- Cultural, like employee demands for flexible working arrangements