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Security vs. Need-to-Know

Written by  T. M. Smalley, BRP & John Glenn, CRP Thursday, 22 November 2007 00:24

Recently there has been some discussion about business continuity plan security. As with most things, there are at least two opposing views, and each can make a valid case – one for an open document and one for a classified document. And, as with most things, there is a middle ground that may satisfy almost everyone. There are two mutually exclusive givens: There is a need for security; business continuity plans contain information that is valuable to a competitor, terrorist, or vandal. There is a need to share knowledge to enhance the post-disaster event activities. This article tries to bridge the gap between “security” and “need-to-know.” The information may be applied, with modifications, to any business, any non-profit, and any government agency.