Steve Barrie, an analyst at Bloor Research, told CW360 that IT managers can take five simple steps to improve their defences against disaster:
1. Make an arrangement with a hosting company, outsourcer or hardware supplier to move into a data centre if a disaster occurs
2. Have an idea of what you want up and running first in the wake of an attack and make a list of priorities
3. Pre-package any back-ups
4. Make a weekly tape to hand over to your continuity supplier so that in the event of something happening the supplier can put the agreed plan into action
5. Ensure that mission-critical data is well protected and remotely stored.
The scale of destruction in New York, Barrie said, means that the back-up facilities of many US organisations will have been destroyed.