Digital Transformation

British firms ‘paying for lack of disaster recovery’

Disaster recovery is neglected by half of British firms, a new survey shows.

There is no way of telling what is around the corner in the IT sector, so it is important to get your business as well prepared as it is possible to be.

On top of that, investing in adequate disaster recovery solutions for those times when things inevitably go wrong is a must.

But it seems a large number of firms in the UK are neglecting their responsibilities in this area, and many are paying the price.

New research by MJ Flood Technology has found that more than half (51 per cent) of all companies are running without an IT disaster recovery plan, while 48 per cent do not have a business continuity strategy.

It means that they are vulnerable to factors such as IT downtime, when progress is stunted and any work on the go could be lost. As such, backup software might be the very least these organisations should invest in.

A report released by CA Technologies recently found that European businesses are losing in the region of €17 billion (£14.1 billion) every year solely in the time it takes them to recover from periods of downtime.

Fergal Hennigan, business development manager with MJ Flood Technology, said: "An unacceptably high proportion of companies are failing to make adequate provision for data protection and recovery.

"This is supported by the fact that 62 per cent have no budget spend allocated to disaster recovery … We believe that directors have a corporate responsibility to ensure that comprehensive risk mitigation is addressed as a matter of urgency."

Previous surveys carried out by the company in 2007 and 2009 show there is an ongoing failure in this area.

Clive Taylor, founding director of Sesai Consulting Limited, recently said that adding disaster recovery technology is an important step of upgrading a data protection set-up.