Next to money, customer data is the lifeblood of a financial institution. Unfortunately, a financial institutionís data is at its most vulnerable state when its doors close for the night or when extenuating circumstances prevent it from doing business. However, customers expect the ability to access their account information when they need it, regardless of the time of day or circumstances surrounding them. And, government regulations are forcing financial institutions to be more vigilant about the customer data they store on a network. In order to ensure that customer data is secure and accessible no matter the situation, business continuity solutions have quickly become an essential element of a financial institutionís IT strategy.