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Small businesses still not safeguarding data, says study

Many small and medium-sized enterprises are putting business continuity at risk because they do not have sufficient disaster recovery plans to safeguard communications and data, new research has shown.

Many small and medium-sized enterprises are putting business continuity at risk because they do not have sufficient disaster recovery plans to safeguard communications and data, new research has shown.

A survey of 200 SMEs carried out for hosted IT and telecoms provider Comtact found that 8% did not have any kind of data back-up system in place to cope with an IT disaster.

Of those firms that had made provision, nearly seven in 10 had only an on-site back up system, that could be vulnerable if the business premises suffered damage. Just 20% of those with back-up facilities could back up off-site.

The survey also found that 15% of the SMEs had no plan in place to cope with a fault or breakdown in their usual phone system. Another 45% planned to use their mobile phones should their main system fail.

Comtact managing director  Dominic List said he was “surprised to see just how many SMEs still only use on-site back-up for their data”.

 

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