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The past decade has witnessed severe flooding in parts of the UK, devastating hurricanes in the US, the 9/11 terrorist attacks on New York and Washington DC, the 7/7 terrorist attacks in London and countless other disasters such as the Buncefield oil depot explosion. The ways in which business processes can be interrupted seem to multiply every year. Recent disasters, both domestic and international, are timely reminders of the significant risks faced by any business in the event that they are involved, directly or indirectly, in a natural or man-made disaster.

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