Most corporate disaster recovery strategies contain detailed plans for backing-up or restoring telecommunications and computer systems.

But equally important is making sure those same plans also include contingencies for data management and maintaining data quality when a disaster occurs. “There are dozens of CEOs meeting with their information technology departments today and asking the question: ‘Are we prepared?’” says John Benge, a data management partner in the global risk management solutions practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers in New York. “They might be prepared for dealing with all kinds of systems issues, but companies in general need to do a much better job of identifying the business processes and data programs they need to bring back first.”

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