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More UK organizations take business continuity seriously but confidence in disaster recovery plans is falling: survey

Databarracks has published its sixth Data Health Check survey report. The survey questioned over 350 IT decision makers in the UK about their organization’s attitude to business continuity and disaster recovery.

The number of organizations that are ‘very confident’ in their disaster recovery plans fell from 41 percent in 2015 to just 32 percent in 2016. Those who reported they ‘had concerns’ or were ‘not confident at all’ increased to 15 percent this year compared to 11 percent in 2015.

Other key findings from the survey included:

  • Reported data loss is on the decline. This year saw the highest proportion of respondents that reported no data loss at 57 percent, up from 54 percent in 2015 and 49 percent in 2014.
  • The overall leading cause of data loss remains to be human error (23 percent), as has been the case every year since 2008 with the exception of 2014, where hardware failure came top.
  • Over the past six years there has been a significant increase in the number of organizations with a business continuity plan, from 37 percent in 2008, to 67 percent in 2016.
  • The top barriers to improving recovery speeds were listed by respondents as ‘financial constraints’ (27 percent) and ‘technology constraints’ (26 percent). 

Oscar Arean, technical operations manager at Databarracks, commented on the results:

“We were encouraged to see that the number of organizations with a business continuity plan has increased significantly over the last 12 months. To see so many organizations proactively taking steps to improve their business continuity is encouraging.”

Read the full Data Health Check report here (registration required).



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