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Swine flu and pandemic planning

On television, in the papers, and online, there is no shortage of information (and misinformation) about swine flu, or H1N1, to wade through.

In an address marking his first 100 days in office on April 29th, President Obama said, "our public health officials have recommended that schools with confirmed or suspected cases of this flu strongly consider temporarily closing. If more schools are forced to close, we've recommended that both parents and businesses think about contingency plans if their children do have to stay home." How will swine flu affect your business?

The impact of a pandemic is an important consideration when creating a business continuity plan. We've compiled our recent news and expert advice on the swine flu and pandemic planning here for your convenience.

As swine flu spreads, CIOs prepare business continuity plans, measures
Are your disaster recovery and business continuity plans up to snuff for a swine flu pandemic? Find out what measures other CIOs are taking and what you can do today.

Pandemic preparation, risk and business continuity
The pandemic watches of the past few years should have organizations thinking about their risks and business continuity plans.

Network teams prepare for impact of swine flu on remote access
Remote access contingency planning is on the rise as networking teams prepare for an expected increase in work-at-home telecommuters to counter the spread of the H1N1 swine flu.

Swine flu: Learn to plan for a pandemic
This article looks at how swine flu may impact your organization and offers practical business continuity advice on how to mitigate the impact.

Swine flu outbreak results in spam pandemic
Spammers are taking advantage of the swine flu outbreak to trick users into giving up their email address, open a malicious PDF file and even buy a cure.

Swine flu puts spotlight on pandemic planning
Financial-services firms are monitoring the swine flu outbreak and readying pandemic plans.

The swine flu vs. other pandemics
With the swine flu outbreak, the good news is that, at the moment, we are not dealing with a 1918 style pandemic.

Virtualization: The swine flu cure?
Why virtualize? There are many reasons why it's beneficial to virtualize your environment, but the current swine flu scare is highlighting a very good reason.

Related pandemic planning information

Don't wait for disaster
Security managers are covering their bases to curb the effects of an avian flu pandemic. This article looks at what some are doing.

Preparing for a pandemic
A pandemic readiness assessment exercise conducted by the U.S. Treasury provides insight into what it takes for a financial services organization to prepare for a worse case scenario.


This was first published in May 2009

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