CIOs fail to put a price on data loss

Sixty seven per cent of IT chiefs find it difficult to calculate the cost of losing data, according to a survey by market...

Sixty seven per cent of IT chiefs find it difficult to calculate the cost of losing data, according to a survey by market intelligence firm Taylor Nelson conducted on behalf of Unisys.

The research also found that nearly 30% of respondents did not test their disaster recovery plan, even for mission-critical technology, or did not know whether the plan was being tested.

Commenting on the results, Steve Rawsthorn, vice-president of marketing for Unisys, systems and technology EMEA, said, "The research suggests that too many CIOs are not checking what is going on under the 'drain cover' and are not examining their IT infrastructure closely enough."

Tony Lock, chief analyst at Bloor Research, said, "Disaster recovery is all about people, process and technology working together to ensure that service levels are maintained at the levels needed for the business to operate."

Lock advised users to adopt a standards-based approach to implementing disaster-recovery plans. "It is vital that companies find the time to understand what they need to protect and how this can be achieved. Experience has shown that standardisation can play a pivotal role in keeping IT and business operational in times of stress," he said.

cliff.saran@rbi.co.uk

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