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Getting back to business after a disaster depends on preparedness planning done before disaster strikes! Business invest a tremendous amount of time, money and resources to make their ventures successful, and yet, while the importance of emergency planning may seem self-evident, it may get put on the back-burner in the face of more immediate concerns. For business owners, being prepared can mean staying in business following a disaster. An estimated 25 percent of businesses do not reopen following a major disaster, according to the Institute for Business and Home Safety.

Besides the obvious threat of natural disasters (Tornadoes, Hurricanes, Flood), there are plenty of reasons why disaster recovery plans have become a requirement for doing business:

Increased reliance on computer networks, databases and online services means increased vulnerability in the case of a network outage, whatever the cause: employee sabotage, cyber attacks, viruses, sudden loss of Internet service, malfunctioning equipment, etc.

The SQL Slammer worm of 2003 shut down the ATMs of major banks like Bank of America and Washington Mutual for days and caused the cancellation of several Continental Airlines flights.

According to the 2006 CSI/FBI Computer Crime and Security Survey, 52 percent of the 616 large corporations surveyed said they'd experienced unauthorized use of computer systems within the past 12 months. The same survey says companies lost $16 million in virus contamination alone.

Several recent U.S. government regulations including the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), Gramm-Leach Bliley Act, Sarbanes-Oxley Act require that the health and financial industries have detailed contingency plans in place to safeguard confidential client information.

Customers expect essential online services like banking and e-mail to be accessible 24/7. These companies need to consider a lengthy list of potential disasters, both small and large, that could interrupt service to their clients and take steps to address all of them.

When Hurricane Katrina slammed the Gulf Coast of the United States in 2005, it claimed more than 1,800 lives, wreaked $200 billion in damage and wiped out the communications infrastructure of a whole region. It uprooted 1,000 wireless towers and knocked down 11,000 utility poles. The telecommunications sector tallied $400 to $600 million in damages alone and critical businesses were forced to shut down entirely, including 25 hospitals and 100 TV and radio broadcast stations.

In just 3 minutes on August 14th 2003, 21 power plants shut down causing the Northeast Blackout of 2003. Millions were in the dark for days! 7 years earlier in 1996, 4 millions were also in the dark in Western States and parts of Mexico. 1977 in NY 9 Millions were in the dark again!

Building collapses, due to terrorism attacks, faulty construction or poor maintenance or fires, are unfortunately too frequents for a 21st first and modern society yet they are becoming part of our lives.

If a disaster were to occur, would your employees know how to react? Who could you count on? Where would your organization be without vital business information? Could you weather the storm?

Disaster recovery planning and properly maintaining business continuity are vital issues that every organization should address. Formulating a sound disaster recovery and business continuity plan can be a complex undertaking. It involves a large amount of coordinated details, which can be easily overlooked by most businesses. Stressing the importance of a disaster recovery process is of utmost importance. If your organization were to go down because of a natural disaster, what would happen to your business? What are the ramifications to your clients? Would they remain loyal to you as you rebuild, or do they have to worry about their business too? You know the answers, now it is just a matter of implementing a strategy to thwart any issues that may occur. At BO Technology, we evaluate the critical processes in order to document the best next step procedures that would be best to get your company back up and running in no time. We understand that creating a disaster recovery plan is no small task, if it was, every organization would have one. On top of the daunting task of creating a Disaster Recovery Plan on your own, you also have to maintain, test, and audit the plan. It can be a lot of work, but it is the only way to ensure that it remains relevant to the needs of your organization.

You are not alone. BO Technology is here to help. We will make sure your Disaster Recovery planning process is simple and goes as smoothly as possible. Over the years, our experts have streamlined the process for numerous clients, always adapting as technology advances. Much experience has been gained through these dedicated hours and will be applied to your situation.