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Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery (BC/DR)

What is Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery (BC/DR)?

With technology representing an increasingly critical role in Stanford meeting its research, teaching, learning, and health care goals, University IT (UIT) is a pivotal strategic and service delivery partner for the entire Stanford community. UIT helps design the applications and systems Stanford depends upon, even if an event impacts a service.

Business Continuity (BC) and Disaster Recovery (DR) planning is a practice that prepares us to minimize the effects of significant service-impacting events. 

BC/DR is divided into two different phases/components:

  • Business Continuity (BC): BC focuses on the business operations side of BC/DR. It involves designing and creating policies and procedures that ensure that essential business functions and processes are available during and after a disaster. BC can include the replacement of staff, service availability issues, business impact analysis, and change management.
  • Disaster Recovery (DR): DR is primarily focused on the IT side of BC/DR. It defines how an organization’s IT department will recover from a natural or manmade disaster. The processes within this phase can include server and network restoration, copying backup data, and provisioning backup systems.

Why do I need to plan for BC/DR?

BC/DR helps Stanford:

  • Protect our client’s data
  • Limit downtime and speed up service recovery and availability
  • Protect our reputation

How do I establish BC/DR processes?

In UIT, the BC/DR team identifies services for which they provide assistance in developing BC/DR plans, and then tests and validates these plans.

I want to: Here’s how: When: Who is responsible?
Develop a BC/DR plan for an on-premise service Download Part A and Part B  (on-premise) Disaster Recovery templates Download and complete when you are contacted by a member of the BC/DR team  Service Owner
Service Manager
Develop a BC/DR plan for a cloud service Download Part A and Part B (cloud service) Disaster Recovery templates Download and complete when you are contacted by a member of the BC/DR team Service Owner
Service Manager

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