Business Continuity

A chilling observation from Disaster Recovery Planning ( reveals that “a company that is denied access to mission-critical data for more than 48 hours will be out of business within one year.” Another study from the National Archives and Records Administration indicates: “93 percent of those companies that lost access to their data for… Read More

Security executives in recent years have grown more comfortable with strategic security management, the process of identifying goals, formulating policies, selecting strategies, and making continuous improvements in service of overall company objectives. However, there is evidence that when it comes to emergency preparedness, organizations are stuck managing on an operational level, one oriented to… Read More

Recent disasters, both man-made and natural, have made disaster recovery planning and preparedness a vital activity for all businesses. Disasters generally strike when you least expect it and can result in the extinction of a business. Recently, over 50 million people in the United States were without power, some for several days. The impact… Read More

An AP Director with whom we spoke, we’ll call her “Pat,” (her company’s policy requires her to remain anonymous) has been engaged in regular periodic business continuity (BC) and disaster recovery (DR) planning for some time, but with an expanded awareness since September 11, 2001. Far from New York city, Washington D.C. and Pennsylvania,… Read More

Background In 1999, New York city Mayor Rudolph Giuliani opened a $15 million emergency management center on the 23rd floor of Seven World Trade Center. Built to withstand an array of threats, from hurricane winds to chemical or conventional weapons attacks, the 46,000-square foot, state-of-the-art center was intended to provide the Mayor and other… Read More

Steps in disaster recovery and business continuity planning As noted in part one, a great variety of disasters can threaten to destroy a business. Disaster prevention and preparedness means considering a much broader range of scenarios than ever before. Experts advise preparing for the worst possibility: complete destruction of the business’s primary facility and… Read More

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