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Swine flu: time to review business continuity plans




Swine flu: time to review business continuity plans
Swine flu: time to review business continuity plans



http://www.computerweekly.com/Articles/2009/04/27/235812/swine-flu-time-to-review-business-continuity-plans.htm 

By Bill Goodwin
ComputerWeekly.com
27 Apr 2009

Businesses were urged to review their business continuity plans amid 
warnings that a swine flu could lead to absenteeism rates of up to 40% 
if a pandemic takes hold.

The warning follows growing concern over the H1N1 virus, which has led 
to between 20 and 80 deaths in Mexico, with further cases reported in US 
Spain and New Zealand.

Analyst firm Gartner advised businesses to place IT at the forefront of 
their business continuity plans as the virus spreads.

"It is important to have pandemic contingency plans that define what you 
would do if the workforce absenteeism rates exceeded 40% or you had to 
close your offices. As you develop and refresh those plans don't forget 
that mobile and wireless technology has a part to play," said analyst 
Nick Jones.

Gartner advises businesses to use wireless broadband to allow employees 
to work remotely. Organisations should consider buying mobile broadband 
adaptors with built-in wireless capability.

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