Andy Osborne is Acumen's
Consultancy Director and author of :

Business Continuity Tips

Andy is committed to passing on his expertise and extensive hands on experience in the field of Business Continuity Management.

So... here's the full text to compliment his link...

Prevention and cure...

A large part of business continuity management is concerned with developing recovery strategies and plans that would come into play in the event of a disaster or major incident. Indeed, for many business continuity managers, this is their raison d'être.

However, a point that is often overlooked is that prevention is usually better than cure. Clearly not all disasters can be prevented, and there is still a need for recovery strategies and plans. But by managing our risks we can lessen the probability of a disaster occurring in the first place, or reduce the impact of an incident to "non-disaster" proportions.

Business continuity management is about risk management and contingency planning, not just one or the other. A sound business continuity programme will address both of these key issues. And an effective risk management programme will go a long way towards making your business more resilient and lessening the possibility of having to invoke your recovery plans.

So why have a disaster if you don't have to?