• The Great Disaster Recovery Plan

  • Research reveals that one in four UK businesses do not have a disaster recovery plan in place
  • Almost 1.4m UK companies could benefit from introducing a disaster plan

UK BUSINESSES are gambling with the continuity of their business, as new research reveals that a quarter of companies do not have any form of disaster recovery plan in place to protect them.

A survey of 1,125 IT workers in full or part-time employment, carried out by technology services provider, Probrand.co.uk, has revealed that one in four (24%) of UK SMEs do not have an IT disaster recovery plan in place. Yet, 80% of businesses who suffered a major incident failed within 18 months*.

Effective disaster recovery plans ensure businesses can get back up and running in the shortest possible time  in the event of a natural or human induced disaster.

Of those workers who are employed at a business which does have a disaster recovery plan in place, as many as 54% revealed that it is not regularly tested - a practice which would identify and fix any potential flaws in their DR process.

In fact, 1 in 3 (33%) of IT workers claim that their company’s disaster recovery plan has never been tested during their employment.

Worryingly, the data shows almost 1 in 10 (8%) of UK businesses do not have automated file backups in place at all.

Matt Royle, marketing director at Probrand"We have found that nearly a quarter (24%) of SME have a disaster recovery plan in place, in real terms, this figure represents just under 1.4 million UK businesses who, in a worst case scenario, are at serious risk of failing due to insufficient disaster recovery plans that include simple data backup and recovery.

“It’s imperative for businesses to have and test a DR plan, as this ensures they are able to get back to business after a disaster quickly and efficiently. For example, if an e-commerce company was hit by a catastrophic fire, flood, or cyber attack, they could potentially lose all of their electronic data and files. With no disaster recovery plan that includes infrastructure to backup and recover business critical data, or facilities to remotely access it, the business is rendered inoperable.”

Royle concluded: “In addition to the number of companies who don’t have a DR plan in place, it’s also shocking to see just how many businesses have a disaster recovery plan in place but, seemingly never test it (or only test it on rare occasions). This inertia leaves companies open to potential risk, as testing may flag any issues or flaws within the DR process, before it’s needed in a real-world scenario. The message to business leaders is get a DR plan in place and test, test, test!”

Probrand is a leading technology services provider, with a marketplace to save users time and money buying IT, and a market leading portfolio of IT services that help businesses run, manage and transform operations by cutting cost and risk from their IT .