Data recovery plans are not being utilized properly by most businesses.

Most companies not prepared for disaster recovery

Stephen Perkins

The modern workplace holds an increased risk for disaster. According to the Disaster Preparedness Benchmark Survey, software and network failure and human error are the most common causes of data loss and failure of critical software. But despite such risks being common, many organizations are not prepared to deal with the ramifications. The DPBS found that almost three out of four businesses received a failing grade for their disaster recovery plans.

It is absolutely essential for businesses to develop effective, all-encompassing data protection plans. Companies that find themselves ill-equipped often do not realize the severity of the situation until disaster has already struck. It is imperative to take proactive action and prepare for the worst before it strikes.

Lack of preparedness incredibly common
Of the total surveyed in the DPBS, 72 percent received a grade of an F or a D for their disaster recovery plans. Twenty-eight percent earned a C or a B grade, with no A distinctions being awarded. There are severe implications that accompany a lack of disaster recovery procedures. Thirty-six percent of respondents reported that essential software, data and virtualizations were lost for several hours, and for 11 percent, these outages lasted for days. According to the study, the cost of downtime is $5,000 per minute. Incomplete planning and rarely-tested plans are widespread, and even when periodically evaluated, 70 percent of organizations did not meet their own standards.

Changes need to be made
One of the biggest causes of improper data backup plans is merely a lack of identification or acknowledgement. According to CSO​ Australia, "critical aspects continue to be ignored," and solutions like firewalls are not tailored for the Internet of Things. A proper inventory of information should be taken, to start. Organizations should know why they have each individual file in their system, and how it should be protected. Many different types of data have their own sets of rules and regulations for how they are to be encrypted, so it is important to examine them.

It is also necessary to understand how information could be compromised. CSO Australia said that a knowledge of the "threat landscape" is just as vital as a comprehension of data classification. Continuous data protection is important in the age of malware and flash drives. The human element can be the greatest danger of all, and realization of this can greatly reduce harmful impact.

Categories: Data Compliance, Data Management, Data Protection, Disaster Recovery