Disaster Recovery


During class last week we talked about how all businesses with data centers in the World Trade Center went out of business within 5 years after the September 11 attacks. This got me curious about commonly forgotten/overlooked things when businesses are building disaster recovery plans. In this article from VMWare, the author describes the ten most forgotten things when businesses are building disaster recovery plans. One that I found extremely important was forgetting to test recovery plans. Companies come up with great plans for what they are going to do but they don’t take the time to test them, which doesn’t allow employees to see if their plans actually work or if their intended plans create other problems.

Have any of worked on making recovery plans at an internship or job? Which items from the article do you think are the most important? Do you think there are any items missing from the list?

One Response to Disaster Recovery

  • I can add some perspective about IT related risk:

    During my risk management classes and internship, most articles and seminars seem to push the insurance industry toward paying more attention to IT risk. Insurance companies are finally catching up to issue and advising their clients on how to properly manage this type of risk i.e cyber security, data centers resilience…etc.

    The catch, however, is that IT has become so vital to most businesses that they can’t afford to simply buy insurance on their system and get funds to rebuild them in case an accident happen. Organizations should be proactive toward the matter and manage the risk, like this article suggests, and not only transfer it to an insurance carrier.

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