Among the hundreds of stories arriving this week surrounding the 10th 9/11 anniversary, a good handful will come from trade magazines and analyst groups looking at the risks and preparations for protecting data in the midst of a disaster, via planning and business continuity preparation.

While the human tragedy of 9/11 instantly dwarfs any material cost, it's not crass to recount the lessons learned by survivors returning normality to their lives, and it's not easy for us to gauge the chances of another big event soon. That said, some of the connections of risk exposure and the checklists offered based on 9/11 will be tenuous to compare to daily reality in a practical way.

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