Learning from Natural Disaster to Mitigate Organizational Disaster

23/10/2018 14:45:54

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Few things are more awesome than the power of the nature and the merciless effect of a natural disaster. On April 25, 2015 Nepal was rocked by a 7.3 earthquake and more than 300 aftershocks, some with a magnitude of more than 6.0. 602,257 homes were destroyed and 285,099 damaged. 8 million persons were affected through loss of life or livelihood or displacement and a total of 3,550M USD in damage was done to the area surrounding Kathmandu. The international response and disaster relief were incredible and prioritized several critical issues including limiting liability (loss of life and livelihood), reducing downtime (providing critical social services to citizens), and quick, proactive response and recovery.

Nepal is one of the most earth-quake prone countries in the world with the most recent catastrophic major earthquake events in 1980, 1988 and 2011. The Disaster Preparedness Network Nepal (DPNet Nepal) was established in 1996 to coordinate and train disaster respondents, and in 2011 Nepal launched the Nepal Risk Reduction Consortium (NRRC), aimed at reducing downtime for key financial and government sectors in the event of a disaster.  The National Disaster Response Framework (NDRF) has guided the people of Nepal through disasters by proactively planning for any eventuality, testing and data analysis and clearly defined response guidelines and procedures.

So, what is Disaster Recovery (DR) in the context of an organization? DR is an area of security planning designed to protect an organization in the event of a “disaster” or any catastrophic computing event which could influence the infrastructure or systems critical to the operation of a business. These events range anywhere from damage from fire or flood to cyber security attacks and similar to Nepal, businesses are primarily focused on limiting liability, reducing downtime and quick proactive response.

Thankfully national disasters on the scale of April 25th 2015 in Nepal don’t happen every day, but organizational disaster can strike at any time. The statistics are frightening. 45% of unplanned downtime is caused by hardware failure and costs between $926-17,244 per minute.


- Ransomware detection is up by 90% and 25,000+ hijacker malware samples were detected in 2017.

- 30% of businesses have no DR plan in place and 90% of these plan-less businesses will fail in the event of a major disaster.

- Disasters typically cause 35% of companies to lose at least 1 business-critical app while 12% of companies were unable to recover their lost data after a disaster.


While corporate disaster may not result in loss of life, much can be learned from national disaster relief and recovery plans like the one in place in Nepal.  Had Nepal not continuously updated their disaster preparedness structures and proactively planned for the future, the catastrophe could have been significantly worse.

Legacy Disaster Recovery

Legacy DR typically addresses these all-important issues of liability, downtime and response by outfitting multiple physical sites to carry the workload, staffing each site with skilled respondents and backing-up data to tape or physical drives. Unfortunately, this causes a few cost, staffing, planning and physical issues that need to be overcome – and you simply don’t have time to deal with these issues when faced with a disaster! Issues include:


- Outfitting several physical locations with the ability to carry the workload is costly in terms of infrastructure and staffing.  In addition, trained staffs’ proximity to a terminal could potentially mean the difference between immediate mitigation of risk, serious delay, significant cost and potential ruin.
- Staffing several locations with administrators skilled enough to mitigate serious risks in a crisis situation is difficult and expensive.
- While maintaining a current DR plan and providing training is critical in the event of a disaster, there are very few ways to proactively address or practice for these situations – they wouldn’t be a disaster if we could see them coming!
- While backup to tape or drives, is an effective and relatively straight-forward process, it could take hours, days or weeks to reinstate depending on the type of damage done.


Cloud Disaster Recovery

Sangfor Technologies Inc. takes your DR seriously and offers a more proactive approach which we constantly update, upgrade and develop based on new risks, needs and technologies. Cloud DR addresses these same issues of liability, downtime and response proactively in much the same way as it enables more granular control of DR policies.


- Cloud DR requires a single source portal in leu of multiple costly physical locations, meaning a one-stop-shop in the event of a disaster and saving cost by illuminating the need to outfit several physical locations.
- Ease of use and comprehensive views of the network means that generalist staff can be trained to maintain the system and requires less reliance on costly specialist staffing.
- Cloud DR allows operators to train and test their system using a “drill” function, providing proactive protection and hands-on training which may save your data and business should a disaster arise.
- Cloud DR provides easy-to-access backup and 1-click failover in the event of a disaster, bringing you and your data back online quickly, easily and with very little downtime.

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