Disaster recovery plans need to be reviewed to validate if all risks are covered

In the US traditional business continuity planning typically did not include terrorist attacks, or a random acts of violence

Cloud, Disaster Recovery and  SecurityToday's enterprise looks different than those of the 1990's. Location - headquarters, branch office, home office, or no office - simply doesn't matter anymore. Data lives in a data center and it can be used by anyone everywhere. Decision-making now is more decentralized, with mobile workers and branch office employees making critical decisions on a regular basis. Distributed employees are no longer just 'sales reps' fulfilling orders, but are highly-paid, highly leveraged knowledge workers. These individuals do not only work with local teams or businesses, but also engage in many-phased collaborations with specialists distributed across the company. The cross functional nature of the distributed workforce significantly changes how a business needs to resource and support both the branch office and the mobile worker.

After an explosion or other random act of violence there can be a second event that cause as much damage as the first so care should be taken and the following steps should be taken:

  • Be aware of your surrounding and find your safest escape route.
  • Personal safety of yourself and those around you should be the first concern.
  • Since one event can be followed by another, stay alert. There may be more danger yet to come.
  • For protection, consider crawling under a table or desk and remain there for at least 60 seconds.
  • Stay away from windows, mirrors, overhead fixtures, filing cabinets, bookcases, and electrical equipment.
  • If an evacuation is ordered, go to a designated place. Make sure all staff and others in your facility are accounted for. Do not forget handicapped people who may need your help in exiting. Do not move seriously injured persons unless they are in obvious, immediate danger (building collapse, fire, etc. ). Avoid known problem areas (where there are gas lines, fire hazards, etc. ). Once out, keep as far away from the building as possible.
  • Open doors carefully. ; Watch for falling objects.
  • Do not use elevators.
  • Do not use matches or lighters. Sparks might trigger explosions.
  • Avoid using telephones and hand radios. Electrical sparks or signals could trigger other bombs.

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