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Assignment 2: What Happens Without Contingency Planning?

You may be aware of companies that did not have a contingency plan in place and were unable to recover from or took longer to recover from a technical disaster. A technical disaster for this assignment can be an outage where IT was unable to recover in a way that kept the business from being operational. The longer the outage, the greater the impact on the business.

Submission Details:

By Saturday, August 6, 2016, in a minimum of 250 words, post to the Discussion Area your response to the following:

  • Provide two examples on what happens when companies do not properly plan for IT outages. Provide an example in which a company fared well in the outage and one example of a company that did not fare so well.
  • Share the names of the companies, what they do, the dates of the occurrences, what happened, and what the companies have since done to help alleviate issues that may come up in the future and to be more proactive in IT recovery planning.
  • Be sure you contrast how they reacted or prepared differently for disaster recovery and how that affected the outcome.

Your response should rely upon at least two sources from professional 
literature—articles from peer-reviewed journals and relevant textbooks. Write in a clear, concise, and organized manner; demonstrate ethical scholarship in accurate representation and attribution of sources (i.e., APA format); and use accurate spelling, grammar, and punctuation.

Through Wednesday, August 10, 2016, respond to at least two of your classmates’ posts. While responding, draw comparisons between the examples you provided and the examples submitted by your classmates; and provide a rationale for the comparisons.

Discussion Grading Criteria and Rubric

All discussion assignments in this course will be graded using a rubric. This assignment is worth 40 points. Download the discussion rubric and carefully read it to understand the expectations.