With Hurricane Irma posed to make landfall in southeast Florida over the weekend, businesses throughout the region were feverishly preparing on Thursday and Friday to contend with the storm. Not the least of their considerations: How to protect their data and keep their computer operations up and running.

Faced with a Category 4 hurricane and potential winds of up to 155 miles-per-hour, IT, security and risk management executives in Florida, Georgia and neighboring states have two things going for them—they’ve had several days warning to prepare for the storm, and they operate in an area of the country that is accustomed to extreme weather. Developing detailed plans for coping with such occurrences is standard operating procedure here.

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