I find it interesting how major events drive people to take notice of management issues. For example, the recent widespread power outage in the northeastern U.S. raised the visibility of disaster recovery and business continuity. Then there\u2019s the security buzz surrounding the Sobig.F worm. Neither of these events is particularly new to us - viruses and their variants have been around for quite awhile, and power outages happen around the world. But why does it take events like these to spark an interest in management?Perhaps it\u2019s human nature, the \u201cIt\u2019ll never happen to me\u201d kind of thinking. Or a lack of budget or time resulting in, \u201cWe never quite got to that item in the list.\u201d Or simply gambling with the odds - \u201cThe chances are slight that a disaster could hit me, so I won\u2019t invest the money to prepare for that one-in-a-million event.\u201d But what happens when it does hit you?If we are proactive, these events wouldn\u2019t phase us as much as they do. Certainly some adjustments will need to be made, but the phase-shift in interest that we see in response to events is not a good sign.You\u2019d have an excuse to be unprepared if one day a Martian ship swooped down, destroyed all of your data centers, fried all of your electronic gear and took your data center staff captive. There isn\u2019t a precedent for an event like this ever happening before, so preparing against it would have been unforeseen. So reacting to an event such as this is understandable.But that certainly isn\u2019t the case for a power outage.So my question is, how many other kinds of events are we not prepared for, that will become the next big hot issue that we\u2019ve been ignoring, wishing that it won\u2019t happen or hoping it will go away?If you haven\u2019t already, be sure to review your contingency\/business continuity plans periodically to make sure your plans are still effective and relevant. Set up a process for applying software patches quickly once they\u2019ve been tested. Update your virus software regularly. Daily maintenance tasks and contingency tasks are both important aspects of keeping your infrastructure healthy and resilient. And, by the way, how you\u2019ve set up your infrastructure can have a direct bearing on how resilient your infrastructure is to these events.Take a good look at where your potential vulnerability is, whether it\u2019s a virus attack, a power outage, or something else. Then put plans in place to mitigate the risk just in case the event does actually happen. You may be glad you\u2019ve spent the time to do this when an event happens and you come out of it unscathed. Or you could be the goat if you haven\u2019t planned ahead. Don\u2019t be a disaster waiting to happen.