Many firms failing to test disaster recovery procedures

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19 October, 2016

Well over a third of organisations in the UK are not testing their plans for disaster recovery, largely due to concerns over disruption to operations.

A large minority (37 percent) of UK firms are not testing disaster recovery procedures sufficiently. This has led to 55 percent of those who invoked provision for disaster recovery in the last 12 months having issues in moving over to secondary systems.

The findings come from a study that surveyed 250 decision-makers in IT departments all over the UK, all of which employed 500 staff members and had plans for disaster recovery in place.

The survey, conducted by Opinion Matters on behalf of American cloud protection firm iLand, revealed that 95 percent of those who participated had experienced IT outages in the last 12 months.

The main causes were environmental disaster (20 percent), unexplained downtime (30 percent), cyber attack (32 percent), corrupted data (37 percent), human error (52 percent) and system failure (53 percent).

Sam Woodcock, an architect for iLand, said that the survey failed to uncover the real causes of system failure. He said:

“I hear from customers and prospects that a lot of system failures are host failures in virtualised environments, as well as issues with switches and firewalls – a wide range of hardware failures.”

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