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What is Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery (BCDR)?

Business continuity and disaster recovery (BCDR or BC/DR) helps a business or an organization recover from a disaster (natural or man-made) and be equipped—through proven processes and procedures—to continue or resume business operations.


It’s often an IT specialist (see Managed IT Services) and business working together to mitigate business losses in the aftermath of a disaster.

BCDR plans help businesses in dealing with unforeseen natural or man-made disasters, that could include:

Natural Disasters

Ransomware or Malware Attacks

Human User Error

Server Issues

Power Outages

Unexpected Updates

Severe Weather

Fire Damage


Business Continuity deals with the operations side. It involves designing and creating policies and procedures that ensure that essential business functions/processes are available during and after a disaster.

Disaster Recovery is primarily focused on the IT side. It defines how an organization’s IT assets will recover from a natural or artificial disaster. The processes within this phase can include server and network restoration, copying backup data, and provisioning backup systems.

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