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How Much Is Enough?

Written by  Tom Pisselo

In an ideal world, IT managers would have unlimited budgets to ensure that employees, customers, and suppliers always had access to business systems and important information. Indeed, many organizations allocate significant portions of IT spending each year to build up operational resilience. However, organizations that have never been victims of a natural disaster, security threat, or human error struggle every year to justify spending on disaster recovery projects. The prevailing mindset is “the issues have never happened to us … other companies have those issues.” But as we see from news reports daily, these issues can happen to anyone. Many individuals carry insurance policies for life, health, auto, and home, but spending premiums compete with other expenditures, making the decision to purchase insurance difficult. The same is true with companies. Disaster recovery spending is insurance against the risks of user downtime, data loss, and business interruption. Although every organization knows they need