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Study results show inadequate levels of disaster recovery planning.

Symantec : 17 October, 2007  (Technical Article)
More than half of companies surveyed believe a disaster recovery operation would be required after a significant IT virus infection.
Symantec has announced the findings of an international study indicating that
while 91 percent of IT organisations carry out full scenario testing of
their disaster recovery plans incorporating relevant people, processes
and technologies, nearly 50 percent of those tests fail. This means that
one in two UK organisations is not equipped to handle events, such as
natural disasters, computer system failures and external computer

Nearly half of IT organisations surveyed have had to execute their company's disaster recovery plans. The research findings show that 48 percent of organisations have had to execute disaster recovery plans and 44 percent surveyed without a disaster recovery plan experienced one problem or disaster, while 26 percent experience two or more, and 11 percent experienced three or more.

69 percent of respondents were concerned about their company's brand and
reputation, 65 percent feared harm to overall customer loyalty, 65
percent were concerned with the impact to their competitive standing,
while 64 percent were worried about losing company data in the wake of
disasters. Despite this 77 percent of CEOs surveyed are still failing to
take an active role on disaster planning committees.

Concerns that prompted IT organisations to create a disaster recovery plan included 69 percent citing natural disasters, 57 percent naming virus attacks and 31 percent specifying war and/or terrorism.

67 percent surveyed cited computer failure and 57 percent named external computer threats, while 89 percent agreed upon acceptable levels of risk with non-IT business executives in their organisation, only 33 percent have done so for all
the threats to which they feel exposed.
Guy Bunker of Symantec commented, 'IT executives are taking a fresh, hard look at their disaster recovery and business continuity strategies. To protect against downtime,

organisations must implement high availability and disaster recovery
across their enterprise environments. They must also maintain procedures
for non-disruptive disaster recovery testing that continually evaluate
the effectiveness of their disaster recovery strategy without impacting
the production environment. Symantec addresses these critical demands
through a broad range of industry-leading services and solutions for
heterogeneous environments.'

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