British businesses are beginning to take a more sophisticated approach to disaster recovery (DR) planning, but most still fail to test their provisions frequently enough.
This is according to a new report from Plan B, in which 200 IT professionals and decision-makers at UK firms were polled on their DR practices.
It found that many are adopting hybrid DR plans, using a wide range of in-house and outsourced solutions to suit the “budget and criticality” of different IT systems.
However, fewer than a third (31 per cent) of respondents test their plans more than yearly, the researchers found, and just one in five (21 per cent) do so “properly” – trialling every component of their DR strategy in a single dry run.
This could put them at risk of missed recovery time objectives due to unforeseen bottlenecks, as well as data loss due to incomplete backups.
“Buyers are getting smarter, which is really good news for the business continuity world, but we still need to promote testing as an area to take more seriously to reduce IT downtime,” Plan B managing director Tim Dunger told Computer Weekly.
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