Business Risk and the Midsize Firm: What Can Be Done to Minimize Disruptions?
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Overview: Executives of midsize businesses may wonder how to prepare for the possibility that a calamity could wipe out their IT operations. The words "disaster recovery" (DR) evoke images of the earthquake in Northridge, California, or flooding in Chicago and Nashville — events that took businesses of all sizes offline.
However, it's important to know that many business-disrupting outages result from causes far less dramatic than natural disasters. Everyday events — such as construction crews cutting through a power line, an air conditioning failure, a network provider interruption, or a security issue — can take systems offline.
These interruptions happen more than most midsize business managers expect and with increasingly critical impact, as customers become more accustomed to accessing online information and placing orders online.