Recovery strategy

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Recovery strategy
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Recovery Strategy it is an action plan aimed at restoring to the normal functioning of the organization after the occurrence of undesired activities[1]. The main assumption is to restore the organization to its proper functioning as soon as possible.

Elements of recovery strategy

Each complete recovery strategy must consist of several basic elements[2]:

  • Threats

The first element of building a plan is to identify potential threats that may cause. Stop or reduce the efficiency of processes in the organization. Losing data can not only disrupt the company's operations but will significantly spoil the company's image.

  • Planning

Preparing for possible disasters and threats, you can quickly restore the status before the occurrence of undesired events. The strategy should focus on identifying the most important problems and key areas to safeguard both material and systemic ones.

  • Alternative resources

The strategy must include plans that allow key employees with their basic equipment to be able to continue their work and secure their activities[3]. The plan should specify what human, material and software resources are necessary.

In addition to resources, another important issue is planning communication. The flow of messages and the alternative management system should be specified.

  • Team

Cooperation between departments and employees should be managed by the coordinators designated in the plan. Care should be taken that every employee is aware of the role for which is responsible. Specific tasks must be prepared for more than one person. If during the occurrence of hazards some employees could not implement the tasks assigned in the plan, another assigned person assumes the entrusted duties.

Examples of recovery strategies

There are several example plans and strategies for re-establishing the correct operation of the organization:

  • Business Continuity

is based on business continuity planning. It is a set of all activities aimed at creating and verifying plans for resuming activities in areas that are crucial for the organization in the event of undesirable events[4].

  • Disaster revcovery:

The main assumption is the resumption and maintenance of the ICT infrastructure after the occurrence of a natural disaster or caused by human factors. Most often it appears in the context of very large failures, e.g. loss of the entire data center. For preventive purposes, backup data centers are created to replace the basic data centers until the activity is restored. Usually the backup center is located at a considerable distance from the main one in order to minimize the risk that the disaster will deprive access to both.


  1. Recovery Plan Strategies and Processes.2019
  2. Surviving a Disaster: A Lawyer’s Guide to Disaster Planning.2011
  3. Constructing a Successful Business Continuity Plan.2015
  4. Business Continuity Plans.2008


Author: Mikołaj Kuśnierz