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The great disaster recovery 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,, 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.

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 back-ups in place at all.