Wet is not nearly accurate enough
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I have been spending a fair amount
of time in the north of England and recently the weather conditions
have been atrocious. At one stage I wondered if a boat would have been
a better mode of transport.
One of my car journeys was
particularly memorable, It was just getting dark when a car coming
towards me began flashing his headlights; possibly a police speed trap?
I rounded a bend in the road and realised the true meaning of the
flashing. The road was more of a lake than a road, should I risk it and
drive through or find an alternative route. I decided that it might be
better to follow the locals and turn around. The flood could have been
very deep in the middle and being marooned was not my idea of fun.
I mention this situation as I found
out later that two of my clients had been flooded out of their
premises. Their server rooms were on the ground floor and although the
servers were in racks, the cabling and connections were not
sufficiently high to escape the deluge.
Fortunately both clients have
robust business continuity and disaster recovery plans. It took one
client two days and the other three days to have a temporary home and
get systems up and running, thus proving the benefit of this type of
The Met Office said that these were
the worst storms for 30 years. Our business continuity systems were
written to cope with most emergencies and I am glad that my Clients
were able to 'weather the storm', literally in these cases.
ISO27001 specifies a business
continuity procedure should be in place and BS ISO 22301:2012 Societal
security business continuity management system (which replaces BS
25999) also requires a robust business continuity and disaster recovery
plan to be in place.
Business Continuity Plan, ISO27001
About the Author
Chris Eden FIBC, MISSA, ACQI is a director of Quality
Limited an established independent management consultancy based in
Essex, UK which specialises in ISO27001 Information Security
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Article Published/Sorted/Amended on Scopulus 2012-11-16 09:05:11 in Computer Articles