Y2K Risk Management: Contingency Planning, Business Continuity, and Avoiding Litigation

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Y2K Risk Management: Contingency Planning, Business Continuity, and Avoiding Litigation by Steven H. Goldberg, Steven C. Davis, and Andrew M. Pegalis. (ISBN: 0-471-33352-2; 1999; softcover; 312pp.; $39.99) Available from John Wiley & Sons, Inc., PTRD, 605 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10158; 212/850-6336; http://www.wiley.com/ compbooks.

Are you ready for the Year 2000? Are you prepared to sue or be sued? Do you have a contingency plan in case things go wrong? This book helps you to understand the risks you and your organization face in light of the myriad problems that might crop up in the next year.

Being a complete novice to legal issues (what little knowledge I have was garnered from John Grisham novels), I was impressed with the readability of this book. In very practical terms, it lays out the legal risks you face, and what possible steps you can start now, to mitigate potential losses and interruptions.

The most useful chapter at the moment is probably the one on contingency planning. If you belong to one of those organizations that doesn't adequately back up data, you probably haven't thought about what you will do if any part of your daily operations ceases to function. …