On the Friday before Hurricane Katrina made landfall three years ago, David Erwin, chief information officer at the law firm of Adams and Reese, left his downtown New Orleans office, expecting to ride out the storm. By Sunday morning, the hurricane had developed into a Category 5. Fortunately, he and his team had already taken precautions.
"After 9/11 we recognized the need to invest in disaster recovery," Erwin says.
Besides ensuring the stability of communications, it is important to back up and secure the organization's existing information, from e-mails to databases. This is especially true for companies with specific regulatory requirements, such as those in the financial sector, as well as companies currently engaged in litigation and subject to litigation holds.
There are a variety of technological offerings to help companies do this. These solutions transmit company data to an offsite, secure location for storage. When a disaster strikes, the company can immediately switch over to the offsite backup and access crucial documents.