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Ensuring Continuity of Operations When Business Is Disrupted: Part 1: The Increasing Scope and Importance of Business Continuity Planning

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Business continuity, disaster recovery, and even services continuity were all terms that were widely used throughout the industry all meaning the same things and everybody just used it interchangeable. The problem with that is that prior to911 it all meant data processing. Everybody planned on how they were going to get their computer rooms up how they were going to get their computers, their networks, the information back online. Business continuity though today really includes the data processing portion, which is technology its the computers. It also protects the information of the system and the facilities, the workstations, and the people assets. Today you have to include all four in business continuity you cant just do one of the four. If you focus on technology for instance, and not the people and facilities, youll get your systems back up, youll get your information back up. Now youve got nowhere to go or you have no people that can get your services back up for your customers. And that can cause you a problem. And then on the other hand, if you dont protect your data, and yet you have a place for the people to go, but now you have nothing to run, nothing to use. So business continuity today really is so important because its going to keep your business running, and keep it afloat, and you want to keep servicing your customers.

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  • Computer Systems
  • Operations Research

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