UK firms ignoring disaster recovery

According to a recent study, one third of mid-sized companies in the UK do not have a website disaster recovery plan in place. The research was commissioned by managed hosting services provider NetBenefit but was conducted by independent research company Vanson Bourne among 100 UK IT directors representing companies with 250+ employees. NetBenefit discovered that 67% of companies have plans in place to guard against threats but only 38% test their plans more than once a year. With nearly three quarters of mid-sized UK companies now doing business online, the researchers argued that this represents a serious threat to online business continuity. The research also revealed that many mid-sized companies are underestimating the effect of downtime: about 64% of respondents anticipate 'no damage' or only 'slight damage' to their business if their website went down for a whole day.

Jonathan Robinson, chief operating officer at NetBenefit, concluded: "We know that the number of mid-market companies using the internet as a business channel continues to grow, but we have been very surprised by the lack of disaster recovery planning. Nearly every day we hear about viruses, hacking and other web attacks, let alone natural disasters such as fires or floods. While many companies go to great lengths to protect their physical assets with burglar alarms and other security devices, they do little or nothing to protect their vital online business."

News source: vnunet

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