This 5 page paper considers how a company can plan to protect its’ computers against a range of potential disasters, including extended power outages, fire, flood, blizzard and computer shutdown due to hackers or a virus. The bibliography cites 6 sources.
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technology and communications back in working order as quickly as possible, this includes computers, LAN(s), telephones, reprographics etc (Management Accounting 1997). In this way even if the company cannot trade
properly for a while it may be kept on an even keel whilst the recovery takes place. They will have access to their records and customers and their operating systems,
which without they would be as good as blind. The importance of dealing with threats and potential disasters can be seen by looking at companies whom have suffered outages.
It has been perceived that many of the failures that are felt today are as a result of hardware failure. However, a misconception
has also accompanied this development, and this has been that the major factor in a disaster recovery is the purchase of reliable hardware. Although this is important the evidence suggests
that hardware failures only make up a minority of the disasters. Of 233 computer disasters tracked through out the world only 22 percent of the disasters were hardware related (Strout,
1996). The rest of the disasters were accounted for by way of power surges, natural disasters such as earthquakes, fires and explosions. A survey conducted in 1995 by ICR
Survey Research Group regarding vulnerability of computers found that sixty six percent of respondents found that they had suffered some sort of disruption of over an hour (quoted in Strout,
1996). When this was examined more closely, it was found that of those who had reported disruptions on over an hour one in five (20%) were for a period of
twenty four hours or more (Strout, 1996). Shorter term power interruptions may be dealt with by using uninterruptible power supplies and the inclusion of surge protection to protect against power