Disaster prevention and mitigation strategies: Strike early and often

Last updated:July 2014

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Editor's note

IT disasters are imminent, whether or not IT organizations choose to accept it. A successful recovery from various forms of disaster -- natural or human-related -- relies on an IT organization's premeditated disaster recovery (DR), prevention and mitigation planning. Those may seem like two different animals, but it's crucial that CIOs and IT leaders consider both early and often as part of their overarching disaster prevention and mitigation strategy.

In this CIO Essential Guide, glean the most recent and relevant advice from CIOs and DR experts to help run your enterprise smoothly in the event of a breach, equipment failure, human error or environmental catastrophe. And then, consult our resources to determine how to prevent similar disasters from happening again.

This guide to disaster mitigation strategies is part of the CIO Briefings series, which is designed to give IT leaders strategic management and decision-making advice on timely topics.

1Ward off the worst of disasters

Preventing disaster primes an IT organization for growth. Though Murphy's Law states that anything that can go wrong will go wrong, taking measures to avoid compromised IT systems and data is a valuable exercise. In this compilation of news and tips from SearchCIO, IT leaders offer advice on proactively avoiding the kind of disasters that can damage your organization.

2Is it time to reassess your DR program?

If we've learned anything from recent natural disasters, terrorist attacks and headline-grabbing cyberbreaches, it's that a business-upending disaster can strike at any moment.

The very real potential for natural and man-made disruptions to an organization's mission-critical systems, operations and data necessitates that CIOs know their DR and BC options backwards, forwards and upside down. Whether your disaster recovery program needs an overhaul, you're looking to contract with a third-party DR provider, or you hope to optimize your recovery processes, review our SearchCIO coverage and take our quiz to see if you're up to date on the latest disaster mitigation strategies.