By Alice Lipowicz
March 24, 2010
Newer technologies such as cloud computing can be a boon for
post-disaster recovery of data, but they don't always help much, Dennis
Heretick, former chief information security officer for the Justice
Department, said at a FOSE trade show session today.
"Cloud computing can provide more reliability, but that should not be
assumed," Heretick said. How a specific cloud application fits within an
agency's or company's disaster recovery strategy should be assessed by
each organization individually, he added.
Overall, in the last five years, disaster recovery and business
continuity planning have become easier and less costly because of the
availability of automated electronic storage processes for critical
data, Heretick said.
Even so, there are hurdles to overcome in developing and implementing a
disaster recovery plan and process. Some of the main obstacles include
the difficulty of obtaining management support for disaster recovery
goals and identifying and obtaining support for roles for individuals to
perform in executing the plan, Heretick said.
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