UK companies unprepared for disaster

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While 95% of UK companies have some form of backup facilities in place, a third of them store backup tapes on site, while less than 20% back up desktops.

And only 8% of companies have actually tested their disaster recovery plans.

These are the initial findings from the 2004 edition of the DTI’s biennial Information Security Breaches Survey, carried out by a consortium led by PwC.

The survey spoke to 1,000 UK companies, with a particular emphasis this year on backup and recovery, explained Chris Potter, the PwC partner overseeing the project.

Two-thirds of those polled had suffered an incident over the last year that required data to be restored from backup, so it was no surprise that 88 per cent of respondents said they found it easy or very easy to justify the cost of backup and recovery.

The full report will be published in April.

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