Get prepared for when, not if disaster strikes
We see all manner of scenarios when it comes to business disaster recovery (DR) plans. There are those who think they’re prepared and ready for any type of natural or man-made disaster, and others who think daily data backups to tape will keep them safe in the event of IT failure. And, we also see plenty of organisations who haven’t got further than thinking about DR.
Data suggests that less than a third of small businesses have a continuity plan in place to protect themselves in the event of IT failure. While for large organisations, shockingly a third have no contingency plans in place either.
Whatever the size of business, it’s clear that organisations place varying degrees of importance on the impact of business disruption in the event of a disaster.
No business is immune to the risk of cybercrime impacting their business. Today’s threats are so sophisticated that even those who believe their DR set up to be pretty robust could see their business paralysed by a particularly nasty ransomware attack.
Risky business                            
And it’s not just cybercrime that businesses need to worry about. Businesses can also find themselves facing a period of operational downtime at the hands of a power outage, hardware failure or human error. A few years ago, British Airways suffered a major power outage which damaged servers at its data centre. Flights were cancelled impacting approximately 75,000 passengers, putting their reputation at risk and leaving them facing a hefty compensation bill.
Fire, flood or even a terrorist attack may all feel unlikely scenarios but if there are no plans in place to get back to business as usual following a catastrophic incident, they all have the potential to stop business proceedings altogether, sometimes for good.
The fact is, any of the above scenarios can

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