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Inadequate disaster recovery is negligence: Hockey

Company directors who do not ensure their IT systems are protected by an adequate disaster recovery plan are being "negligent", according to Joe Hockey, the Minister for Human Services.At the opening of systems availability specialist Interactive's disaster recovery centre in North Sydney on Friday, Hockey said: "You are negligent as the director of a company if you do not take appropriate precautions to protect your information technology.
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Company directors who do not ensure their IT systems are protected by an adequate disaster recovery plan are being "negligent", according to Joe Hockey, the Minister for Human Services.

At the opening of systems availability specialist Interactive's disaster recovery centre in North Sydney on Friday, Hockey said: "You are negligent as the director of a company if you do not take appropriate precautions to protect your information technology. You are negligent and there is no excuse."

Hockey also said that Australia has the perfect "cocktail of ingredients" for developing an industry around providing security and recovery-based services to global corporations.

"We have a stable political environment where the rule of law is enforceable, we have excellent individual skills, excellent training and excellent IT. If you have that cocktail of ingredients together you have the capacity to provide services in a very uncertain world that can represent the very foundations of major corporations -- not only in Asia but all around the world," said Hockey.

Commenting on the disaster readiness of Centrelink, the government agency responsible for benefit payments, the Minister described emergency plans as "adequate".

"One of the first questions I asked when I became minister was about protection, security and disaster recovery. So far I am happy that [Centrelink's] disaster recovery is adequate but you have to keep reviewing it," said Hockey

Sydney-based Interactive's managing director Christopher Ride stressed the importance of ensuring IT systems are protected.

"If IT doesn't work, you can't catch a plane, you can't make a bank transaction, you can't buy a litre of milk, you can't pump your car with petrol - it is critical. Sites like this protect those businesses that need to protect IT," said Ride.

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