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Up to 40% of data recovery attempts fail.

Equiinet : 03 October, 2007  (Technical Article)
Equiinet survey results show that many smaller businesses rely on older data recovery technologies that often fail when attempts are made to restore lost data.
A survey by Equiinet has revealed that many SMEs do not secure their electronic data adequately. The survey showed that it is not only smaller companies that are having difficulties: even when a relatively large number of professional IT staff are employed, and backup systems are in place, almost half of attempts to recover lost data fail to some extent.

"Despite a lot of time and effort being spent in undertaking the backup process, older backup technologies - such as tapes - do have considerable drawbacks," says Equiinet Product Marketing Director, Dave Abbot. "Our survey showed that 40% of data recovery attempts fail to restore all the required data."

It was also revealed that backup media is often stored insecurely. Nearly two-thirds of companies admitted leaving backup data in the same room as their servers: making both at risk should there be a fire or flood. Truly secure offsite storage was seen to be a rarity. Many businesses said that if tapes or other media are stored offsite they are taken home by IT staff - something that obviously can't be considered good practice.

Equiinet's survey also showed that many companies - nearly 80% - abdicate responsibility when it comes to backing up data on individuals' laptops and standalone PCs. .

"Asking users to undertake backups themselves is a recipe for disaster and is particularly worrying given the increasing trend for de-centralised working," says Abbot. "Handing over responsibility to individual users means backup is never going to happen reliably. Automated systems, covering all the company's data - from that on servers to the laptops of forgetful users - are needed to ensure that data is saved securely."

Encouragingly, the survey showed that some 15% of companies are already deploying, or planning to deploy, remote backup technology which offers an automatic and reliable solution to the problems identified.
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