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Operational Recovery

Operational Recovery is the final phase in business continuity. The primary purpose of this phase is to ensure that critical operations continue after an incident and to quickly resume normal operations. This phase begins after the campus has been secured after an emergency and it is safe to begin recovery operations. The incident has passed, but University operations have not been completely restored.

There are, in general, two types of operational recovery:

  • Business Recovery - deals specifically with the recovery of a key function or department in the event of a disaster. Included in this category is Academic Continuity which deals specifically with how to ensure the continuity of teaching, learning, research and scholarship.
  • Disaster Recovery - deals with the technical component of recovery, including the resources, actions, tasks and data required to manage the technology recovery effort. 

In order to effectively perform either business recovery or disaster recovery operations, departments (business units) need to perform a business impact analysis (BIA).  Based on this analysis, the supporting IT department(s) can plan for disaster recovery and the department can plan for continuing operations if critical resources needed (people, infrastructure and technology) are interrupted or unavailable for a period of time.

Click here for a simple form departments can use to perform a business impact analysis.

Contact: Lynn Daley, Director of Business Continuity, lbdrmss@rit.edu, 585-475-7812