Almost half of IT managers in small and medium businesses across Europe fear the prospect of recovering data, a survey has revealed.
Some 44% of those surveyed in the UK, Germany and France rated data recovery after a virus attack or hard drive failure as either stressful or very stressful.
This is largely because of the inadequate back-up and recovery practices in many organisations and the potential impact which data loss has on a company's productivity and revenue, according to the survey by data back-up, recovery and security firm Acronis.
The research reveals that although IT managers realise how vital back-up and recovery is, they often do not have the correct processes in place to be confident in their disaster recovery procedures, resulting in high stress levels in many organisations.
Most organisations (72%) are still relying on an end-of-day back-up strategy, with 10% backing up their data only once a week.
Only a minority said they were backing up on an hourly basis, which means many businesses risk losing several days' worth of work if systems go down.
"It is surprising that with disaster recovery technology being so mature and the implications of data loss being so well reported that there is still evidence of bad back-up and recovery processes in many organisations today," said David Blackman, general manager of Acronis for Northern Europe.
"As with all sources of stress, prevention is better than cure. IT managers should seek to examine their disaster recovery strategies to stop it impacting on, not only their company's well-being, but their own health," he said.