What would your company do if half of its workforce couldn't get to work for days or weeks? What would happen if remote access to apps and data, and the ability to communicate with other employees, customers, partners, and suppliers were unavailable or impaired?
What would your company do if half of your workforce couldn't get to work for days or weeks? What if no one could? What would happen if remote access to applications and data, and the ability to communicate with other employees, customers, partners, and suppliers were unavailable or impaired?
Here is a quick look at what constitutes a disaster, how a disaster can impact your business, and how you can be proactive rather than reactive in preparing for the unexpected to ensure the continuity of your business operations.
Simply defined, disasters are events that can have disastrous consequences for a business. Whether an act of nature such as a hurricane or tornado, a transit strike, a terrorist attack, or a pandemic, a disaster can adversely impact businesses in two different ways:
An earthquake or terrorist attack can damage or destroy the work site and network assets. A pandemic or transit strike can leave work site assets undamaged but block employee access. If the IT and communications infrastructure is damaged and there is no application and communications resiliency or backup in place, all business operations will grind to a halt. If the IT infrastructure is merely inaccessible yet there is no remote networking and communications in place for displaced employees, a similar slowdown or shutdown of business operations can be the result. Impacts to businesses can include:
Prepare for a Disaster
A disaster recovery plan covers the hardware and software required to run critical business applications, the data that your company must maintain, and the steps necessary to maintain workforce continuity from remote locations. To plan effectively, you need to:
5 Top Federal Initiatives For 2015As InformationWeek Government readers were busy firming up their fiscal year 2015 budgets, we asked them to rate more than 30 IT initiatives in terms of importance and current leadership focus. No surprise, among more than 30 options, security is No. 1. After that, things get less predictable.
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