A disaster is any event that renders a company’s IT system inoperable. A simple hard drive or network card failure can mean no email or access to business applications for prolonged periods of time.

Disaster Recovery Planning is a process whereby all IT risks to the business are identified and a plan put in place to mitigate against these risks.

The main benefit of Disaster Recovery Planning is it gives business owners an understanding of the limitations of their existing IT infrastructure and forces them to decide which risks they are willing to accept and which risks they need to act on immediately.