15 April 2004
IT services company EDS has published a list of "must-dos" to ensure computer-reliant businesses do not collapse following an unexpected disaster.
Its eight-point plan is designed to give companies a better chance of operating effectively during blackouts, "denial of service" attacks and viruses.
EDS said most companies didn't introduce contingency plans until it was too late, with nine out of 10 businesses suffering major disruption.
Of these, 40 per cent fail to recover properly and fold within five years, especially if computer centres suffer major damage.
EDS recommends working out how disasters can be avoided, spreading operations across sites, and regularly updating business continuity plans.
Other advice includes assessing how likely a regional disaster is.The EDS "Eight Steps to Prepare for Business Disruptions" guide is available at www.eds.com