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Business Continuity Planning & the Highly Protected Risk Expanding the Envelope

Written by  Jonathan W. King Tuesday, 20 November 2007 11:16

Planning For the Entire Organization Disaster Recovery has long been concerned mainly with information technology systems. Its origin as a response to data center needs has produced this situation. With the continuous cost cutting of the last decade, corporations have attempted to eliminate much of the redundancies once provided in their systems. Threats, beyond those affecting IT, can cripple the ability to deliver product, meet customer demands or market expectations, safeguard employees, and protect reputations and goodwill. Therefore, to meet the needs of today's business, continuity planning needs to encompass the entire organization. Evolution of Business Continuity A short history of BC planning Business Continuity planning has evolved from the Disaster Recovery Planning efforts initiated by Data Center Operations in the 1970's. At that time, data centers were large complexes of high valued, highly sensitive equipment. Data Center managers realized that down time of the systems would be costly to their organization and so