IT managers: coping with disaster

No IT professional could have been prepared for the disaster that struck the World Trade centre and the Pentagon on 11 September....

No IT professional could have been prepared for the disaster that struck the World Trade centre and the Pentagon on 11 September. But most organisations can take steps to protect themselves should the unthinkable happen.

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.

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