Disaster recovery of critical business information systems in colleges and universities: A descriptive and exploratory study
David L. Shroads, Robert Morris University, United States
Robert Morris University . Awarded
Unanticipated events including flood, fire, attack, and storm have historically affected human institutions. Those events also affect educational institutions, but the media generally do not focus on academia. Under-reporting events cannot negate their seriousness. Today, effective disaster recovery (DR) plans are essential---yet researchers (Erbschloe, 2003; MetaGroup, 2003) find those plans lacking throughout the business community. This study indicates that higher education is similarly under-prepared. Over 10 percent of respondents note DR is not a clear priority. Over 97 percent of the respondents expressed confidence recovering critical systems, yet nearly 66 percent report never testing a complete DR plan. This research indicates DR preparedness is not appropriate in some academic institutions and self-assumed, uninsured institutional liability has been undertaken at levels other than institutional governing board(s).
Shroads, D.L. Disaster recovery of critical business information systems in colleges and universities: A descriptive and exploratory study. Ph.D. thesis, Robert Morris University.
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