An Empirical Assessment of IT Disaster Probabilities

  • William LewisJr.
  • Rob Matyska
  • Richard T. Watson


Driven by the incentives of cost-efficiency and competition, business has placed more of its critical information asset into automated systems and networks (Hughes, 1997). As a result, business has become more dependent upon the uninterrupted function of information systems. The interruption of business due to the loss or denial of the information assets required for normal operations can have a catastrophic impact on a firm’s bottom line (Glennen, 1997). Such disasters may involve the loss of integrity or reliability in a critical dataset or in the means by which data is transported, manipulated, or presented for use.


Risk Management Power Outage Disaster Recovery Claim Amount Business Continuity 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 2001

Authors and Affiliations

  • William LewisJr.
    • 1
  • Rob Matyska
    • 1
  • Richard T. Watson
    • 1
  1. 1.Management Information Systems Terry CollegeUniversity of GeorgiaAthensUSA

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