Disaster planning for companies
| 06.26.2007 | 07:09:33 | Views: 2859 | ID:
June 26 '07: Washington Technology posted a story on their website which looked into the disaster planning for corporations in light of the disasters of 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina finding that many plans are now revolving around keeping information transmission and storage safe and accessible before, during and after the emergency because of the reliance on digital technology.
"Plans have become simpler in scope and more global in perspective," WashTech reported. "There's greater recognition that regional and organizational interdependencies must be included. Assets and processes are being better prioritized, and companies are making better use of advanced, automated backup and failover tools."The featured company in the article, Northrop Grumman was reported to have "returned to operational status in just two weeks," after Hurricane Katrina struck. Vice President and Chief Information Officer Tom Shelman told WashTech, "Katrina changed my worldview, because before we could begin trying to recover the IT infrastructure, we had to recover the people." Disaster planning experts told WashTech that in companies, enthusiasm begins high, but that "it wanes when companies come face-to-face with the complexity, time and cost required to develop and maintain plans for every possible contingency including tornadoes, cyberattacks, electrical outages, fire, loss of key employees and even simple human error." Experts also told the publication that having third party disaster consultation helps immensely to put the planning into perspective and that once the plan is in place, it needs to be tested and kept up-to-date. Related report:
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