By Heather Darcy, Managing Editor
A recent SMB disaster recovery (DR) survey by Symantec Corp. indicated that half of all small- to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) were lacking a disaster recovery plan -- and what's more, this is an increase from last year, where 47% said they had no plans. These results were somewhat unexpected because 65% of respondents said they live in areas susceptible to natural disasters, and averaged six outages in the last year.
Clearly there's room for improvement in SMB disaster recovery planning. But putting together your first disaster recovery plan can be difficult if you've never done it before. In our quiz on disaster recovery basics, learn about the most important disaster recovery terms, what they mean, and why they're important. Take our quiz, and if you haven't done as well as you've hoped, check out our special section on disaster recovery for SMBs.
1. This document is the cornerstone of every good disaster recovery or business continuity program.
2. In disaster recovery planning, this is an analytic process that aims to reveal business and operational impacts stemming from disasters. It usually leads to a report detailing likely incidents and their related business impact in terms of time and dollars.
3. This is a general term for a systematic approach to managing all changes made to a product or system.
4. This is a documented strategy for business continuity in the event of a widespread outbreak of a dangerous infectious disease.
5. This is a guide or a document that can be used to help you prepare a disaster recovery plan.
6. This is the process of copying production data to a device at a remote location for data protection or disaster recovery purposes.
7. This is the duration after which an organization's viability will be irrevocably threatened if product and service delivery cannot be resumed.
8. This term is defined as a goal or an ideal time in which you need a specific function or service to be available following an interruption.
9. This is s the activity of copying files or databases so that they will be preserved in case of equipment failure or other catastrophe.
10. This is a document that analyzes the possible threats your organization faces, natural and/or man-made. These threats are weighed by the likelihood of occurrence and then multiplied by their affect on the operation.
This was first published in January 2011