Bird flu threatens IT directors’ business continuity plans

Research commissioned by Citrix finds that two-thirds of UK medium and large companies have plans for employees to work from home if the bird flu pandemic.

Research commissioned by Citrix finds that two-thirds of UK medium and large companies have plans for employees to work from home if the bird flu pandemic.

“Clear thinking about how to keep the business running, rather than just getting it back on its feet is the most significant trend our research has identified,” advises Chris Mayers, principal security architect at Citrix.

Yet despite these encouraging findings, a separate report from AMR Research suggests companies’ plans wouldn’t stand up to a disaster on the scale of a bird flu pandemic.

As well as home working and self-service initiatives, companies need to make more extensive plans. They need to work out how they would re-source supplies and goods and should also introduce cross-training, so people can cover for each other.

Altogether, two thirds of the $1 bn-plus revenue companies questioned don’t have the supply chain risk strategy in place to cope with a pandemic.

“Ignoring the possibility of a pandemic or another low probability, high impact event is not a strategy – building a risk management framework is,” warns Tony Friscia, president and CEO of AMR Research.

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