Are UK organisations prepared for disaster to strike?

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Being aware of the issues that could cause disruption to your organisation is one thing, but ensuring that you can deal with them when they arise is entirely another. Having a disaster recovery or business continuity plan in place is the first step, but failure to test it – at all or on a regular basis – means you may be left just as unprotected as if you had nothing in place originally.
UKCloud recently surveyed public sector organisations within the UK to discover just how protected they are from the threat of disaster – whether it be caused by the weather, a power outage or plain old human error. The results were quite surprising.

Whilst some situations can be prepared for, human error is one that often happens when you least expect it. It is a difficult situation to predict, but with 19% of the organisations we surveyed suffering downtime from it there is a clear need for plans to be in place should the worst happen, ensuring back-up to multiple sites or on a frequent basis for example to enable the retrieval of lost data should it be necessary.
What was most surprising however was that a huge 48% of organisations do not have a disaster recovery plan in place. This means that should anything happen these organisations are left without a plan to put in to action, and could therefore suffer a prolonged outage and a higher loss of revenue.

Does it make sense not to be protected?

Whilst it is commonly cost that drives business decisions, only 17% felt that this would be the driving factor behind their decision on which disaster recovery solution to opt for. Ultimately, having a comprehensive plan in place will alleviate the risk of losing a high sum of money in the event of disaster situation, and therefore it may make sense that cost is not a key concern or priority for many.

But for those organisations that have spent the time, money and energy in investing in a disaster recovery plan, they are a step closer in ensuring they can get back up and running as soon as possible should they be hit by a cyber-attack or something less malicious. However, with 32% of them rarely, or never, testing their plan – can they feel that comfortable in knowing that it will operate as expected should it be required?
Whilst all organisations hope, and perhaps believe, that “it won’t happen to us” the facts are there to prove that it could happen to any one of them – and with the cost being so high, not just in monetary value, does it not show that investing now could be worthwhile in the long run?

UKCloud commissioned a survey to gauge the opinions of 100 UK adults, working within IT for Public Sector organisations, in May 2017.

Author: Katrina Drake


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