NASCIO is pleased to announce the release of its new DVD, Government at Risk: Protecting Your IT Infrastructure. A joint product of NASCIO's Enterprise Infrastructure & Services Committee, and NASCIO's Corporate Leadership Council, this DVD is designed for elected officials and government leaders who influence funding decisions related to disaster recovery planning, and to assist state CIOs in making the business case for disaster recovery and business continuity planning. Please take the following link to review the 11-minute video in its entirety: http://www.nascio.org/committees/disasterRecovery/DRvideo.cfm

David Taylor, Chief Information Officer for Florida's Department of Health, and Chair of NASCIO's Disaster Recovery Working Group said, "Disasters that shut down a state's mission critical applications for any length of time could have devastating direct and indirect costs to the state and its economy that make considering a disaster recovery and business continuity plan essential."

This DVD also examines the cost to states' day-to-day business activities if there were to be a disaster that shut down a state's mission critical applications for any length of time and will serve as tool to demonstrate the downside of loss of critical IT business functions.

NASCIO Vice President John Gillispie, Chief Operating Officer, Information Technology Enterprise, Department of Administrative Services for the State of Iowa said, "We are pleased to offer this very timely and critically important DVD as a resource for state CIOs and other state leaders to make the business case for disaster recovery and business continuity activities in their states. On behalf of NASCIO, we extend our thanks to members of NASCIO's Disaster Recovery Working Group and to NASCIO's corporate sponsors for their contributions to this video project. Products like this are only possible with the involvement of our members."

Pat Cummens (ESRI), Immediate Past Chair of NASCIO's Corporate Leadership Council (CLC), said, "State CIOs have indicated that making the business case for disaster recovery planning poses one of the greatest challenges for them in their efforts to secure funding for business continuity initiatives. This challenge, which is faced by state CIOs across the country, presented a great opportunity for the CLC to partner with NASCIO's Enterprise Infrastructure and Services Committee to create a resource that can assist them in raising awareness about the need disaster recovery planning investments to protect states' IT infrastructure."

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