Just 24 hours away from shutdown

May 2004
Management Services;May2004, Vol. 48 Issue 5, p3
Academic Journal
If Great Britain were to experience a large-scale power failure, similar to that in North America in 2003, 40 percent of business services organizations would suffer a significant or catastrophic impact on their operations within just 24 hours. These findings, published at the end of February 2004 in a market wide survey of Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery by a leading provider of IT assurance, security and advice, NCC Group, show business services organizations are at serious risk due to the vulnerability of their IT systems. The survey also reveals that 40 percent of business services organizations, including management consultancies, advertising or public relations agencies and real estate companies, would suffer from complete IT systems shutdown within an hour of a main supply failure with only 16 percent able to maintain systems indefinitely. The findings in this survey highlight the very real threat to IT operations that a blackout could have and the potential impact on the British economy, according to John Redeyoff, head of the information security unit at NCC Group.


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