Business continuity and disaster recovery outfit Onyx Group has warned of the dependence of the UK's internet traffic on a small number of routes through London as it opens a new Teesside data centre.
According to Onyx up to 90% of traffic originating in the North of England is routed through the capital, with the region dependent on just two telecoms routes.
With cyber threats on the increase, it believes businesses in the North East need a fall-back option should these routes be disrupted or attacked.
Its new Middlesbrough facility will "provide users with an alternative internet traffic route [into Europe] via a subsea optic cable, offering a safeguard against connectivity loss and removing them from high risk UK routes".
CEO Neil Stephenson said: "Internet traffic is increasingly becoming vulnerable. Loss of connectivity means loss of business, productivity, and potentially clients. Business must put in place adequate plans to avoid this."
The facility also offers both off-site back-up and co-location services, alongside Onyx's other sites in Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.