" I thought for sure we we're backed up"
The #1 Statement we hear when called in after a Data Loss has occurred!
Having a plan for when it does it Good Business! 
Is your small business ready to get back up and running quickly after unexpected system downtime? Have you seriously considered all of the events – from minor accidental deletions to major natural disasters – that might cause mission-critical systems to go offline? Would you be prepared to get back in business?
Understanding RPO and RTO
RPO = Recovery Point Objective 
Recovery Point Objective (RPO) describes the interval of time that might pass during a disruption before the quantity of data lost during that period exceeds the Business Continuity Plan’s maximum allowable threshold or “tolerance.”
Example: If the last available good copy of data upon an outage is from 18 hours ago, and the RPO for this business is 20 hours then we are still within the parameters of the Business Continuity Plan’s RPO. 
RTO: Recovery Time Objective
The Recovery Time Objective (RTO) is the duration of time and a service level within which a business process must be restored after a disaster in order to avoid unacceptable consequences associated with a break in continuity. In other words, the RTO is the answer to the question: “How much time did it take to recover after notification of business process disruption?“
RPO designates the variable amount of data that will be lost or will have to be re-entered during network downtime. RTO designates the amount of “real time” that can pass before the disruption begins to seriously and unacceptably impede the flow of normal business operations.
Disaster Recovery vs Business Continuity
While disaster recovery and business continuity are closely related, they are not actually the same thing. The key difference between the two is in their scope. Disaster recovery is the process of getting all important IT infrastructure and operations up and running following an outage
Disaster recovery is a subset, a small part of overall business continuity. It is the process of saving data with the sole purpose of being able to recover it in the event of a disaster. Disasters in IT range from minor to major: the minor loss of an important set of data to the major loss of an entire data center, though recovery of the corporate database may take the same herculean effort as the reconstruction of the company’s infrastructure. From the point-of-view of panic, pain and pressure, the range in size of a disaster—either minor or major—could arguably be very similar.
Business Continuity Planning is best described as the processes and procedures that are carried out by an organisation to ensure that essential business functions continue to operate during and after a disaster. By having a BCP, organisations seek to protect their mission critical services and give themselves their best chance of survival. This type of planning enables them to re-establish services to a fully functional level as quickly and smoothly as possible. BCPs generally cover most or all of an organisation's critical business processes and operations.  
CAM uses a pragmatic, straightforward approach to create actionable business continuity and IT disaster recovery programs. We’ll help you protect your organization’s key products and services and enable long-term success.
Rather than trying to plan for every situation, we focus on what's most important. This approach ensures you won't have to fumble through a cumbersome plan during an incident. Instead, your team will know what to do to minimize negative impact and increase speed of recovery.
A mistake often made by organisations is that 'we have an IT DR Plan, we are all ok". That is not the case. You need to have a Business Continuity Plan in place for critical personnel, key business processes, recovery of vital records, critical suppliers identification, contacting of key vendors and clients etc.
CAM's consulting services include Business Continuity and IT Disaster Recovery program assessments, implementations, training, and continual improvement assistance.
From the initial kickoff to strategy and plan development to validation, we're committed to designing continuity solutions that fit within your organization and protect what is most important to your customers.
Michael Bowers, President CAM Business Solutions
Michael Bowers, Forbes Los Angeles Business Council
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