A quarter of UK firms have no disaster recovery plan, survey says

More than a quarter of UK companies do not have a disaster recovery plan in place, according to the 2008 information security breaches survey.

More than a quarter of UK companies do not have a disaster recovery plan in place, according to the 2008 information security breaches survey.

That is despite the fact that 92% of businesses say they consider disaster recovery planning an important driver of their IT expenditure, and 58% say they would suffer significant business disruption if their IT systems were unavailable for just one day.

However, the survey reveals an increase in the adoption of disaster recovery plans, with 72% saying they had a plan in place, up from 58% two years ago.

The survey, conducted on behalf of the Department of Business, Enterprise & Regulatory Reform, also showed that half the companies that had disaster recovery plans fail to test them.

Although 99% of companies back up critical systems and data, 15% of small and medium companies and 9% of large companies do not take their back-ups off site.

Chris Potter, a partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers, who led the survey, said, "The number of companies with a disaster recovery plan has gone up. However, experience shows that plans are only effective if regularly tested. It is a concern that only half of plans have been tested in the last year."

The full results of the survey will be unveiled at the www.infosec.co.uk Infosecurity Europe event in London, which will be held from 22 to 24 April.

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