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Volume 32, Issue 3

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The Four Building Blocks for an Effective BC/DR Plan

Written by  Dave LeClair

Being prepared is more than just a scout motto. It is a must-have for any company to survive a disaster, natural or man-made. Some events come with warnings such as hurricanes and snow storms where companies can batten down the hatches and communicate with customers and partners ahead of time. Others – a tornado, fire, or even something as simple as a local work crew knocking out the main power line – come with little or no warning at all. You have to be prepared for anything. Although natural disasters garner much media attention (and we have already seen several such events in 2015), these incidents only cause a small amount of business continuity issues. According to the State of Global Disaster Recovery Preparedness report, only about 14 percent are weather-related disasters. A majority of data center downtime is brought on by software/network failure (50 percent), human error (44 percent), and