The Financial Services Sector Coordinating Council, an industry organization focused on critical infrastructure protection and homeland security in the financial sector, released a report today entitled “Issues for Consideration regarding Preparations for Avian Flu,” the latest in a flood of reports on avian flu preparedness released in recent months.
One of the key themes in the report is the notion that companies’ continuity of operations plans related to terrorism threats will not necessarily be operative in an avian flu outbreak. For example, after 9/11 many financial firms temporarily relocated their Wall Street offices to suburban New Jersey; by contrast, if there is an avian flu outbreak, New Jersey’s getting it too.
The report suggests that many employees would likely telecommute in the event of an avian flu outbreak, but wonders whether companies’ IT infrastructures are up for the task of a two-fold or ten-fold increase in external access to company intranets.
Beyond these two ideas, the rest of the report basically makes the same (and essentially correct) points that have been made in other recent analyses of avian flu preparedness.