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The Disaster Landscape Is Changing

Written by  JOSEPH GEORGE

Is Your Recovery Plan Keeping Up? Two major disasters come to mind when you think about what we had to deal with in 2017. The first was the Atlantic hurricane season, one of the worst on record and the costliest ever, having caused more than $280 billion in damages. Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico are still recovering from the devastation. The second was ransomware. WannaCry infected more than 300,000 computers in 150 countries. NotPetya also infected hundreds of thousands of machines across 100 countries, and cost Merck more than $300 million in the third quarter alone. While many of the machines infected nearly a year ago have recovered, WannaCry variants continue their march, recently infecting Boeing, and shutting down manufacturing operations at two other companies. Hurricanes are powerful and destructive, but localized to particular regions and gone in days (though the recovery can take months or years). The scope of ransomware’s damage depends on