New research from Databarracks has revealed that just a third of UK organisations (35%, in fact) have full confidence in their current disaster recovery plans. At the same time, less than half (49%) have complete confidence in their current back-up solution.
The findings emanate from Databarracks’ annual Data Health Check Survey. Now in its eleventh year, the survey questioned over 400 IT decision-makers in the UK on a series of critical issues relating to IT, security, disaster recovery and business continuity practices.
From a disaster recovery and back-up perspective, the key findings include the following:
• 35% of respondents said they’re very confident in their current disaster recovery plans
• Over half (53%) said they are fairly confident, with 8% having concerns
• As for back-up solutions, the proportion of those who are very confident sits at 49%
Peter Groucutt, managing director at Databarracks, commented: “Over the last year, we haven’t seen a huge amount of progress in disaster recovery and back-up confidence. At the same time, the number of cyber threats has continued to grow as a cause of both data loss and downtime. Organisations are lacking something in terms of disaster recovery strategy and the policies, procedures and technology needed to execute the strategy. It’s hard to function as a business if you’re unsure of how well you would cope if disaster strikes – whether that’s cyber-related or something else like a power outage.”
Part of the problem – and also a clue to the solution – lies in the current approaches companies are taking. Almost a quarter (23%) of respondents don’t have off-site back-ups. 13% of organisations never test back-ups and 42% haven’t tested disaster recovery processes in the last 12 months.