Although Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery are sometimes used interchangeably, they are two distinct and different processes. Disaster Recovery (DR) is the immediate recovery of IT systems in the event of a disaster or other unforeseen event. Business Continuity (BC) on the other hand, is a plan to ensure that your business can still function following an unexpected event. In other words, it's a framework for preventing disruption of business operations due to adverse environmental events.
Today, it's safe to presume that all IT professionals (and even some non-IT professionals) understand the importance of having a backup. Backup products have come a long way in their sophistication and ease of use, and they are certainly more cost effective - considering the horrible expense of losing your data. But there are still some 'myths' or assumptions made when it comes to backup, so let's clear the air on seven common backup practices that should not be assumed.