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A New Look At Planning For Disasters

Written by  John A. Jackson & Daniel A. Dec November 22, 2007

Most organizations have long been aware of the business impact of an unplanned interruption to business operations, most probably including an outage to computer and communications based systems. The events of Sept. 11, 2001, raised those concerns to a fever pitch, and highlighted a number of previously under-considered aspects of contingency planning, including: The impact of a loss of personnel The potential to have operations disrupted due to a geographic impact which eliminates building access even though no direct impact occurred The potential for a loss of paper records and the need to rely solely on the inventory of an offsite storage facility, most probably only containing electronic data backups The realization that the company’s primary workplace could be permanently destroyed, requiring the acquisition of, and outfitting of a new base of operations The associated economic impact of an outage on other industries, both positive and negative, which will occur and must be planned for The

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