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How IT Leaders Can Best Plan for Disaster

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As recovery efforts in the wake of Hurricane Sandy continue, it's time to think about how your IT organization will prepare for the next disaster.

Hurricane Sandy left devastation in its wake, first pounding the Caribbean and then pummeling the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions of the U.S. People and businesses are now struggling to get back on their feet. As a CIO or IT leader, you need to ask yourself: Will your organization be prepared for the next disaster?

Sandy left at least 106 dead in the U.S. and left millions without power. In New York City, many homes and businesses have suffered severe damage, the public transit system remains snarled, utilities are struggling to reconnect services and gasoline is scarce. Damage from the storm is projected to be as much as $50 billion.

Residents—some of whom are now homeless or without power, heat or running water—are trying to find a way forward. Many businesses, too, were not prepared for the magnitude of the storm and are now struggling to get back on their feet. Disruptions in communications, power and transit are conspiring to make it a challenging prospect at best. But with the right planning, says Nicolas Dubus, IT director for Florida-based eTailer CableOrganizer.com, you can overcome these challenges with little or no business disruption when disasters strike in the future.

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