With a harsh winter expected, disasters are back on the agenda. With one third of businesses having no disaster recovery plan, it’s time to wake up.Research by Regus shows that a third of UK businesses do not have a disaster recovery plan in place that would get their IT systems up and running again within 24 hours. The research has some interesting numbers. Though SMEs are substantially more exposed to risk than medium and large businesses, a whopping 39 per cent of SMEs have no IT continuity plan and 57 per cent have no alternative workplace provision. This is blamed on the cost of disaster recovery being “prohibitive”. “Although the UK isn’t regarded as a country particularly at risk of natural disasters, Lloyd’s of London has recently warned that the insurance industry faces significant difficulties after record claims in 2011, highlighting that lack of planning can have wider-reaching consequences,” says Celia Donne, regional director at Regus.
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