Although everyone knew that eventually New Orleans would be in the eye of the hurricane—literally—few had any idea how devastating the aftereffects would be. Here are the stories of some CIOs who struggled literally (at times) to keep the lights on.
After the Storm
Even though this Mississippi-based CIO lost everything in Hurricane Katrina, the disaster gave her a newfound appreciation for the coworkers who rallied around her.
Cleaning Up After Katrina
The CEO of Oreck Corp. credits quick thinking by employees (including his VP of IT) for a speedy recovery from the hurricane. After all, the systems don’t run themselves.
It Pays to Have a Disaster Recovery Plan in Place
Ray Johnson, CIO of New Orleans-based energy company Entergy, remembers Aug. 29, 2005—the day Hurricane Katrina roared ashore on the Gulf Coast—and the darker days that followed. He’s had little time to reflect on his company’s efforts not only to restore power to its customers affected by the hurricane but also to prevent severe business interruption. He spoke to CIO on Sept. 15 about Entergy’s preparation for and response to the worst disaster in the companys history.
What Will You Do When the Cyber-Levee Breaks?
If we were shocked by the devastation of New Orleans, a scenario predicted for decades, we will be just as staggered by the failure of the Internet. Bruce Levinson, director of the CyberSecurity Policy Project at CyberSecure.US, offers suggestions to prepare for the inevitable.
The ABCs of Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Planning
In planning for the unexpected, companies have to weigh the risk versus the cost of creating a contingency plan.
MIT logistics expert Yossi Sheffi talks with CIO about what companies can do to recover quickly from almost any type of disaster.