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CHAPTER 4: Additional Operational Due Di... > BUSINESS CONTINUITY AND DISASTER REC...

BUSINESS CONTINUITY AND DISASTER RECOVERY

In recent years, due to increased concerns related to terrorism, as well as what seem to be increasingly strong weather-related events such as hurricanes, earthquakes, flooding, and snow storms, business continuity planning (BCP) and disaster recovery (DR) have increasingly come into the scope of investor operational due diligence reviews. The operational risks related to BCP/DR can come from within the private equity firm itself or they may be exogenous in nature and the result of events from outside the private equity firm.

It is worth pausing for a moment to consider the two terms business continuity and disaster recovery. Such terms may be synonymous in the minds of both private equity firm's and investors. This is logical in some sense because a disruption in the normal functions of a private equity firm's operations can involve activation of plans related to continuing operations (i.e., business continuity) as well as restoring any lost data or functionality due to the business disruption (i.e., disaster recovery). These terms are certainly related but distinct concepts.


  

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