The Oklahoma tornado should serve as a reminder disaster recovery and data backup.

Importance of backup, continuity highlighted by Oklahoma disaster

Stephen Perkins

Oklahoma was recently ravaged over a nearly two week period by tornadoes that tore through the state. While business wasn't as much of a worry as the lives that were lost, SecurityInfoWatch's Joel Griffin wrote that the damage left behind shows the importance of data backup and natural disaster planning for organizations. 

"Natural disasters are part of what you do when you're doing any kind of risk assessment on a business, enterprise or facility," security professional Caroline Hamilton told Griffin. "That's a whole category by itself and that can be hurricanes, tornadoes or tsunamis, but it can also be simple things like flooding or chemical leaks or spills that occur in a city."

The first thing Griffin said companies need to look at within their business is the controls they have in place, as this may be as important as the threat analysis itself due to its ability to help mitigate a potential disaster. She said disaster recovery and planning is about 25 percent what organizations do to make sure data can be retrieved no matter what.

Data backup professional Chris Poelker told eWeek that organizations need to make sure their disaster recovery plan can handle peak workloads so that applications and information critical to business can be accessed whenever it is needed, no matter the circumstances.

Categories: Disaster Recovery