Revisiting Disaster Planning

Susan Hall

Try to meld in your mind the grim pictures coming in the aftermath of the Haiti earthquake and these grim figures from Symantec:

  • In a survey of small and medium-sized businesses in North America, 58 percent said they do not have a formal data-recovery preparedness plan.
  • 63 percent said they would lose 40 percent of their company data if their computer systems were wiped out in a fire.


Writes IT Business Edge's Paul Mah:

What befuddles the mind was an apparent disconnect between the perceptions of SMBs towards their disaster preparedness versus the reality.

As blogger Rob Enderle wrote, the disaster in Haiti, in which people are hard-pressed to find such basics as food, water and shelter, should serve as a reminder that every business, regardless of size, must revisit its disaster-preparedness plan.


Mah, in a later post, added some useful advice from Symantec. The Knowledge Network can help, too. For example, you can check out the disaster-preparedness and -recovery plan contributed by Abilene Christian University. That should give you some ideas for crafting your own procedures.


These Knowledge Network documents are worth a look as well:

NIST Contingency Planning Guide for IT Systems

Disaster Recovery Training Outline

"IT Disaster Recovery Planning For Dummies" Excerpt


And to top it off, here's a discussion about how to ensure your disaster-recovery plan is followed.

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Jan 20, 2010 6:29 AM antonebraga antonebraga  says:

What does anyone expect in case of loss (hurricane, tornado, earthquake,

flood, fire, etc.)?

The disaster itself is news.  What happens after the dust settles is the story.

Perhaps insurance policyholders need to know they can have access to basic rights and information?

Antone P. Braga

I asked, "Where are the sacred rights of insurance policyholders?"  And

because they were secret, I said, "I must create access."


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