New research from Databarracks reveals that more needs to be done to bring business continuity higher up the agenda.
The Data Health Check survey, questioned over 400 IT decision makers in the UK, regarding critical issues relating to IT, security, disaster recovery (DR) and business continuity practices.
It was revealed that just 35% of respondents said they were very confident in their current DR plans, whilst over half, 53%, said they are fairly confident, with only 8% having concerns. Only 49% are very confident in their back up solutions.
Managing Director at Databarracks, Peter Groucutt, commented:
“Over the last year, we haven’t seen a huge amount of progress in DR and backup confidence. At the same time, the number of cyber threats has continued to grow as a cause of both data loss and downtime – the Norsk Hydro ransomware incident is a leading example.”
Groucutt explained that a part of the problem was due to the current approaches companies are taking, with 13% of organisations never testing backups, and 42% of organisations not testing their DR processes in the last 12 months. Just under a quarter (23%) of respondents do have not offsite backups.
Frequent testing and having offsite copies of data “should be crucial pillars of any DR and Business Continuity strategy” and need to be sharpened up in order to increase confidence in the next 12 months.
Groucutt recommends to test day-to-day operations, and make updates to IT systems and test backups.
“Exercise these processes on a consistent basis, and staff and the business will always be ready to act when an incident does strike.”
They survey also found that 24% of respondents said their biggest worry in a disaster was lost revenue, whilst 17% cited reputational damage.
“These concerns are actually very reasonable. This year we’ve seen disasters cause both but we can minimise, or even eliminate these consequences with good Business Continuity planning.
“Conduct a Business Impact Analysis (BIA). Determine the potential effects of disruption to critical business operations. Decide what is important for your business and how you might be affected if something happened to your people, premises, IT or suppliers. Then, put plans and workarounds in place to keep you operational.”
Groucutt concluded: “With a clear vision and strategy you’ll be in a position to tackle any incident with confidence.”
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