Indifference to business continuity puts UK firms at risk


Indifference to business continuity puts UK firms at risk

Antony Savvas

UK businesses may be putting themselves at risk with an indifferent attitude towards business continuity, according to a survey of 950 firms across Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

The survey, by Vanson Bourne for Hitachi Data Systems, found that just 19% of UK businesses rate disaster recovery and business continuity as an important driver behind their storage investment, and 6% said it was not important.

Across the rest of Europe, the Middle East and Africa, nearly a third of companies surveyed considered business continuity a top driver behind storage investment.

The research also revealed that 13% of UK companies surveyed do not have a formal strategy for disaster recovery and business continuity - by far the highest in all EMEA, where the average was 2%.

Only 25% of UK companies had tested their business continuity strategy within the past 12 months, the lowest of any country and well below the EMEA average of 80%.

Steve Murphy, UK managing director at Hitachi Data Systems, said, "This is definitely a wake-up call for UK businesses. Every company should prioritise business continuity and have a tried-and-tested disaster recovery plan in place to ensure that they can meet the challenges of an unforeseen incident."

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