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Stand up, Be Counted

Written by  JIM MITCHELL & JENNIFER CRAIG April 21, 2009

As business continuity and disaster recovery professionals, we thrive on the prospect of disruptions, interruptions, and catastrophes. The world economy looks like a catastrophe in progress. Bank bailouts, billion dollar government loans to industries, bankruptcies, layoffs, credit crunches, foreclosures, Ponzi schemes, volatile markets ... the list seems endless and still growing. So what are you going to do about it? Not on a global scale, but within your own organization. Risks don’t go away just because management doesn’t think they can afford to deal with them. In today’s environment, risks are compounded by the new demands that spring from the need of organizations to insulate themselves from risk. Not only are regulators likely to be breathing down your company’s neck, but both its bankers and its customers want to know what you’re doing to protect their interests. Meanwhile, non-economic risks – pirates, rocket fire, car bombings, avalanches, blizzards, and the

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