SMBs are unprepared for disasters

By : |June 4, 2009 0

CHARLOTTE, N.C.: According to a recent survey, small and mid-sized businesses (SMBs) are woefully unprepared for disasters and misled by existing data backup plans.

The 2009 Disaster Recovery & Business Continuity Survey was conducted by Agility Recovery Solutions and Hughes Marketing Group. More than 700 business owners and executives throughout North America participated.

Findings of the survey:


Data backup brings in a false sense of security –

* 94 per cent of companies have formal data backup plans
* While 75 per cent of companies say they can have their employees back to work within days of a disaster, only:
   – 28 per cent have access to alternative office space.
   – 41 per cent have access to mobile office space.
   – 54 per cent could acquire temporary office equipment.
   – 57 per cent have access to power generators.

Small and medium-sized businesses are woefully unprepared for disasters –

* 90 per cent of smaller companies (<100 employees) surveyed spend less than one day per month maintaining their continuity plans.
* One in five (22 per cent) spend no time maintaining their plans.
* Comparatively, 20 per cent of larger companies (>100 employees) spend more than 10 days per month on their continuity plans.

Responses indicate a difference between saying the “right thing” and taking action.

Gaining C-level buy-in is a challenge. Regardless of business size, survey results show many companies have difficulties getting C-level executives to embrace the importance of continuity planning.

Although 67 per cent of respondents feel an effective business continuity plan is paramount to company success, only 53 per cent think their company’s management team feels the same way.

“A data backup plan is not the same as a disaster recovery plan,” said Bob Boyd, chief executive of Agility Recovery. “The best data in the world is useless if you can’t make use of it. Businesses must take measures to ensure employees can return to work immediately after a disaster. Without alternate plans, your business will pay the ultimate price.”

According to the survey, in the last two years, 52 per cent of businesses experienced interruptions that halted productivity.

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