Disaster Recovery Whitepaper

Disaster Recovery A to Z

Different DR situations require different types of plans. In this Disaster Recovery Whitepaper we list some specific wrinkles and possible approaches to different types of threats.

Catastrophic Threats

What does the Department of Homeland Security view as the country’s biggest risks to disaster recovery? A hint came in its National Preparedness Guidelines, released in 2007, which listed these 15 unranked catastrophic scenarios. Collectively they demonstrate the need for a far-reaching range of DR response capabilities.

  • Disaster recovery whitepaperImprovised nuclear device
  • Aerosol anthrax
  • Pandemic Influenza
  • Plague NN Blister agent
  • Toxic industrial chemicals
  • Nerve agent NN Chlorine tank explosion
  • Major earthquake
  • Major hurricane
  • Radiological dispersal device
  • Improvised explosive device
  • Food contamination
  • Foreign contamination
  • Foreign animal disease
  • Cyber attack

Global Hotspots

How to do you keep technology executives and employees safe in global hotspots? Chris Voss, a former lead hostage negotiator for the FBI and now CEO of The Black Swan Group, offered some thoughts on the risks and trends in different areas:

Haiti: “Economic kidnapping is like a virus; once it gets into a society it’s very hard to get it out. Criminals find out it’s pretty easy money. That’s what’s happening in Haiti, I think. There’s not much wealth in Haiti, but kidnapping numbers have to be up to 250 or so Haitian-Americans. If they grab someone who has family in the US , whatever they get—if they get $5k to $25k per kidnapping—that’s really serious money in Haiti.”

Mexico: The Mexicans are “covering up a massive kidnapping problem. I recently had a conversation with the head of security for an international company based in Mexico; he tried to tell me, ‘Kidnapping, it’s mostly criminal on criminal’—which is nonsense. They’re diminishing the problem, trying to keep the larger world from criticizing them. So it’s getting worse and worse all the time. Tremendous amounts of legitimate businessmen are leaving that region.”

Philippines: “In the Philippines, at the end of the Burnham- Sobero kidnapping case [2001-2002], the response of the Philippine and U.S. governments really sort of took their kidnapping infrastructure apart, left the Abu Sayyaf in somewhat of a shambles. They began to move toward bombings at that time. But that’s run its course and they’re getting back into it, starting with locals. I think it’s a matter of time before they are looking for Westerners again.”

South America: “Colombia is much safer than it was ten years ago. Amazing difference. When I went in 1998, the guerillas had complete control of the countryside, and you could not travel there safely. In 2005, I went to a going away function in the countryside with no military escort. We were hardly armed at all. Now sometimes when you put pressure on crime in one area, it simply moves to a different area. Some of the Colombian kidnappers quit, and some are in jail. Of the others, some moved. So it’s on the rise in Venezuela and Ecuador.”

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