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You can find more information on obsolete mayan calendars than you can find evidence of people practicing the most basic business resumption planning, Traenk finds.

CNN had a great story on Hurricane Sandy's aftermath.  Never before has the Information Security profession been needed more.

Hurricane Andrew.  Hurricane Sandy.  Hurricane Katrina.  These wicked disasters have been the downbeat of my professional life.  Hurricane Andrew was a true mega-disaster, one that proved our total dependence on 'the grid'.  Reviewing the stories left by Hurricane Sandy, I find so many urgently needed discussions not happening.

Swing camera left and focus in on a worker, with a hair dryer, trying to separate and dry invoices.  Hard drives are ripped from systems in the hope that computer forensic specialists can retrieve the data.  And we all remember the stories of people without heat, soon facing a snow storm.

I don't think we're at the end of the world nor think we face an unstoppable set of natural disasters.  I do think we are likely to face a true disaster:  people's inability to recognize our dependency on these 'Personal' Computers, while at the same time, neglecting to provide the most basic, most needful business continuity practices.

  1. How do you back up your business data, and what data formats and backup media are used?
  2. Do you know where your backup media are located?
  3. Determine your preparedness for the following disasters and whether you are prepared by knowing i)whether you have your business data backed up; ii) where those backups are located; or how likely is it that your backups will survive these disasters:
  • Fire pours through your buildings.  Now what?
  • Snow has stopped electricity distribution.  Many backup systems can't back up open files.  Did you close your applications before creating back ups?
  • Flooding has soaked your computer and harddrive with a mix of water and sludge.  Data retrieval will cost a few thousand dollars and will leave you without automation for a month.  Do you have manual processes that can keep your business afloat?

Let me know if you'd like more information.  I'd love to see small businesses immune to natural disasters.


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