Smoke without fire

Firms must apply lessons learnt from the 2015 Kingsway underground fire to their IT response in the pandemic, says Neil Davison

09 Jun 2020

During the Easter weekend in 2015, an underground blaze stretching one square mile from Kingsway, Holborn caused mayhem in central London. It took 36 hours to put out, led to thousands being evacuated and businesses impacted for a considerable period.

Though different in nature and nowhere near the scale of covid-19, from a business continuity and disaster recovery perspective there are similarities – and learnings that can be applied today.

In the thick of it

I was the IT director at a central London law firm at the time, only metres from the epicentre. We had detailed business continuity and disaster recovery plans, but it’s only when an event occurs that one realises that no matter how well thought...

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