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IT heads must prepare continuity plans, Sungard report warns

Warwick Ashford

Directors who fail to take action on business continuity risk accusations of dereliction of duty, warns a new report published by Sungard Availability Services.

"With concerns over energy supplies and freak weather, and supply chain risks likely to peak during the winter months, it is vital that organisations are prepared to absorb any eventuality," said Keith Tilley, managing director UK and senior vice-president Europe for Sungard.

He said the report, entitled "From Adversity to Availability", provided guidance based on the experiences of some of the UK's most respected organisations.

The report discusses the lessons learned by leading organisations following disasters including the 7/7 bombings, the Buncefield fuel depot blast and the 2007 floods.

"The fact that planning for business continuity and information availability has declined over the past few years is a real worry. Our message is stark. Get serious about business continuity, or jeopardise the future of the entire organisation," said Tilley.


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