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December 2010

Disaster recovery and contingency planning security considerations

In a disaster, all focus is -- naturally -- on getting critical business processes back up and running. Whether the disaster is natural or manmade, it's all about recovering business operations as fast as possible, getting employees back to work, and avoiding costly downtime. In this scenario, information security is often far down on the list of considerations, experts say. But companies that overlook data protection provisions in their disaster recovery/business continuity plans risk winding up with a double whammy: a security breach on top of a recovery situation. Imagine having to issue breach notification letters in the midst of recovering from a hurricane or other disaster. After all, compliance requirements aren't lifted in an emergency. "You need to get folks access to the data if they need it, but you also need to prevent unauthorized access," says Ed Moyle, a manager with CTG's information security solutions practice and a founding partner of consultancy SecurityCurve. "That's where a lot of organizations fall down." ...

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