Business continuity plans embrace networks, people

Tuesday, 21 May 2002, 7:14 AM EST

Companies are broadening their business continuity plans in response to business trends and to the events of Sept. 11, said analysts at a Gartner Inc. information security conference last week.

On the business front, the trend toward zero-latency networks, through which corporations can access and act on real-time business data, presents new risks to companies from a business continuity and disaster recovery standpoint.

The risks include those posed by insecure external service providers, data links to third parties, software vulnerabilities and human error.

Problems in any of these areas could seriously disrupt a network that needs to be on all the time and therefore have to be factored into disaster recovery and business continuity plans, said Roberta Witty, an analyst at Stamford, Conn.-based Gartner.

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