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Small businesses failing to plan ahead

News   •   Sep 25, 2014 09:43 BST

Only half of UK organisations have a business continuity plan and this figure is significantly lower when it comes to small businesses with only 30% having a plan in place compared to 54% of medium sized businesses and 73% of large businesses. These are the findings highlighted in a new study by Databarracks and published in the fifth edition of their annual Data Health Check.

When asked if their organisation intended to implement a plan in the next 12 months, over 40% of respondents from small businesses stated they had no intention of doing so. This means that not only are they unprepared now, they will still be unprepared in the future should an incident occur.

Testing is an essential part of business continuity but when asked how many had tested their plan in the last twelve months, only 39% of respondents claimed they had. 48% of respondents admitted they had not tested their plan and a little over half of these had no intention of doing so in the next twelve months. If you don’t test your plan, the only way you will find out if it works is when you put it into action during a real incident – is this really a good time to find out that it doesn’t work?

The study suggests that organisations of all sizes, but especially small businesses, are not taking business continuity seriously and are therefore leaving themselves vulnerable in the event of a disruption. Small business owners mustn’t bury their heads in the sand and pretend that nothing will ever happen to them. Whether it is a minor incident such as a brief power outage, or something more serious like losing your entire building due to flooding, incidents happen all the time and it pays to be prepared and have a plan in place to deal with them.

The survey by Databarracks was of 401 IT professionals from UK companies, ranging from IT managers to CIOs, about their experiences with Backup, Disaster Recovery, Cloud Computing, Storage, Security and Skills. It was designed to capture the attitudes and behaviours currently defining the way businesses use IT.