IT sector to fashion disaster response and recover plan

Published 29 March 2006

The U.S. IT sector governing council wants to define and tighten the sector’s disaster recovery and business continuity procedures

The IT Sector Coordinating Council meeting will discuss setting up a national IT disaster response apparatus. The council will meet to draft a sector-specific plan for protecting the U.S. computer networks against a terrorist attack or other disaster. The goal is for private sector IT companies and government to work together to prevent and to respond to cyber attacks.

Creating an IT disaster response framework raises many questions, however. “What kind of technology is appropriate? Who owns it? Who makes the investment? Who pays for it?” asked Guy Copeland, IT sector coordinating council chairman and vice president of information infrastructure at Computer Sciences Corp. To begin and find answers to these questions, the council wants ideas from the IT industry and from DHS as it begins work on the sector-specific critical infrastructure protection plan at its April 4 meeting, Copeland said in an interview. The council expects to complete the plan by September.