Everyone has a story of the email they accidentally sent to the wrong recipient, or the computer that crashed and lost an entire day’s worth of work.The disaster recovery industry has proven to be a lucrative one in the age of information, and recent snafus at the Alaska Department of Revenue and the Canada Revenue Agency only serve to underscore that problems can happen -- and illustrate the different ways in which an organization can be prepared for the worst-case scenario.

In Alaska, the state controls the Alaska Permanent Fund, an appropriation unit that invests proceeds from the sale of minerals (oil reserves) and other state investments, and then redistributes some of the wealth among state residents. Most years, Alaskans who have lived in the state for a calendar year can expect an annual check in the neighborhood of $1,000 -- not a bad perk.

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