NYSE Closed? Where was DR?

Through all the reports of Hurricane Sandy’s ¬†damages, one item that piqued my professional interests was the NYSE shutting down for two days. One would think that particularly after 9/11 they would have a DR plan. Well according to an article in yesterday’s WSJ, they apparently did, but no one trusted it because it hadn’t been adequately tested.

It’s a good lesson for IT managers. These DR plans are not worth much if they are not tested and we are rolling the dice by not doing so. These tests are likely very expensive and get lost in priority with the daily grind of¬†urgency, but woe to those who get caught unprepared.