New IT graduates would not be able to assure business continuity in the event of a disaster, a new study claims.
The SteelEye Technology Business Continuity Index, a survey examining adoption levels, best practice and attitudes regarding business continuity among IT professionals, uncovered the worrying trend.
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The business continuity firm said that even as threats continue to rise, universities and graduate-level information technology programmes are not arming their students with the skills they need to prevent or recover from IT disasters.
While 87% of respondents think the average IT organisation faces the same or more threats to business continuity than it did a year perviously, a significant majority (61%) said that current college and graduate IT courses do not place enough emphasis on the skills needed to implement business continuity.
Similarly, 60% of all organisations said that the average IT organisation is no more prepared for these threats to business continuity than it was a year previously.
And among respondents from organisations with a business need for disaster recovery or business continuity protection, the top reason given for avoiding investment was the lack of skills to implement it.