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Obtaining a brass ring means to successfully achieve something considered as a goal or a prize. In this article David Lindstedt, PhD, describes a method for succeeding in one of the brass rings of the business continuity profession: how to successfully measure recoverability.


Preparedness to recover from disaster can be measured.  The likelihood of recovery can also be predicted, though only an approximate formula is possible with current data. 

Recoverability consists of: resources, procedures, and competencies (RPC).  The state of preparedness for recoverability can be ascertained by measuring these three factors.

For accurate measurement, the scope must be properly narrowed to exclude prevention activities, focus on physical or staffing losses, and factor in both time and degree of post-incident functionality.

Surprisingly, however, preparedness is not equivalent to recoverability.  This is due to the fact that individual RPC factors do not act in silos; they interact with each other.  Gaps in one RPC factor influence the other two RPC factors so that problems are compounded. 

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