Officials at the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently released a report entitled, “Influenza Pandemic: Key Securities Market Participants are Making Progress, but Agencies Could Do More to Address Potential Internet Congestion and Encourage Readiness“. (Read this Report)

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) responded to this report by stating, “An expectation of unlimited Internet access during a pandemic is not realistic — any more so than an expectation that traffic congestion on hurricane evacuation routes can be completly avoided.  All users which rely on the Internet, including the financial sectors, should not exptect that Internet congestion problems will be easily solved ….”

If your business continuity planning committee is planning for having employees work from home, or, if students are also doing their assignments from home, then the findings and recommendations from this report are a must read for members of those committees and school boards.

Security consultants, enterprise risk management teams, information system security leaders, continuity management members, and disaster recovery and business continuity specialists will benefit also from reading this report.

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