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New Technology: New Risk

Written by  Diane Laux November 13, 2007

Over the past decade, significant strides have been made in protecting the data center. New technologies have emerged, however, to join and often exceed mainframes in importance in running the day-to-day operations of a business. First local area networks, then multi-location, distributed systems and most recently Internet applications. But business continuity procedures have not kept pace with the rapid movement of critical information out of the data center and into these new environments. In fact, according to Comdisco's 1997 Vulnerability Index, a survey of more than 200 of the largest computer users in the U.S., Canada and United Kingdom, most organizations distributed environments are at significant risk in the event of a disaster. Many lack tested recovery programs for their distributed systems, some lack standard back up procedures and few have identified effective ways to measure the return on any investments they are making in business continuity. Overall, only 12 percent of

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