How to Prepare Your Organization for a Disaster

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 03-26-2014 Email

Disasters arrive in many ways—from tornados to floods to ice storms to blizzards to wildfires to mudslides. (Not to mention those garden-variety power outages.) Frequently, they're not easy to anticipate, so organizations must be prepared for anything in advance. The stakes are high: 43 percent of companies that experience a major data loss do not reopen, according to industry research. And four of five organizations that do not recover from a significant data loss within one month are likely to go out of business in the immediate future. Yet, even with these foreboding figures, too many companies are lagging when it comes to disaster-recovery planning. In fact, three-quarters of workers feel their employers are not well prepared for these incidents. With this in mind, Evolve IP has produced a thorough disaster-recovery checklist, from which we've included 12 highlights. The list covers the recruitment of disaster-team personnel, data backup, data-center continuity and cloud support, among other topics. Given that CIOs play a lead role in this planning, it's worthwhile to review the list to make sure you're on top of all of the essentials. For more about the checklist (subscription required), click here

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.


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