New Catalysts Driving Disaster Recovery Initiatives

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Cyber Attacks

The most obvious new catalyst to enter the DR ring is the ongoing rise in the number and severity of cyber attacks. Companies that have experienced hacker-related disruptions are painfully aware of the need to be able to get back up and running in the event of another incident. (It's the "fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me" principle at work.) Companies that haven't yet fallen victim to a disruptive attack are increasingly aware that they could be next, spurring them to action.

Traditionally, most disaster recovery (DR) and business continuity projects have been triggered by a recognition that natural and manmade disasters can strike at any time. Events like the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, the 9/11 attacks, Hurricane Katrina and numerous other high-profile disasters have highlighted the vulnerability of corporate infrastructure and data to damage or destruction, along with the need to mitigate the risk by implementing a plan for rapid restoration of critical IT systems and data.

More recently, other issues have been pushing DR planning to a higher slot on the priority list. That's reflected in the fact that 70 percent of IT executives at large U.S. companies responding to a recent IDG Research/Datalink survey indicated that they have disaster recovery initiatives on the table. Only security projects ranked higher.

In this slideshow, Paul Thomann, senior manager, Cloud Services Management and IT Resiliency at Datalink, looks at the catalysts that are reinvigorating disaster recovery initiatives.


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