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Tuesday, 20 November 2007 11:13

Zero Tolerance, IT Physical Security More Vital Than Ever

Written by  Jerry Lyons

The drive to maintain a 24x7 IT facility coupled with zero tolerance for disruption in customer service has put data security at the top of every CEO's agenda. For a select few of the biggest corporations, who have the resources to build multiple redundant sites, this problem is manageable. For the vast majority of companies, however, the drive to ensure business continuity in the face of disaster still remains illusive. The "priority one" level of attention that the Y2K countdown has been receiving is, in part, largely due to our awareness of the precarious nature of our dependency on IT functions.Companies primary attempts to stave off the effects of disaster predominately focus on technical and logical failures, leaving themselves vulnerable to a wide array of physical threats. Consider the findings of a recent survey of Chief Information Officers by Ernst & Young LLP/Information Week. It reported that 52% of companies