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Many SMBs Working with Ineffective or Nonexistent Disaster Recovery Plans

All companies are vulnerable to IT disasters, so preparation is key.

Disasters, whether of the natural or IT variety, can have wide-reaching implications for just about any company. But according to a recent survey conducted by security and compliance auditing solution nCircle

Disasters, whether of the natural or IT variety, can have wide-reaching implications for just about any company. But according to a recent survey conducted by security and compliance auditing solution nCircle, many small and medium-sized businesses aren't adequately addressing this risk with effective disaster recovery plans.

Overall, according to nCircle, 87 percent of SMBs polled admitted to working with a disaster recovery plan that was either not up to date or nonexistent altogether. Specifically, 51 percent said they have a plan but aren't sure of its effectiveness, while 13 percent have nothing in place to ensure the recovery of lost data.

"The number of small businesses that have no written security or disaster recovery plan is a significant concern," Elizabeth Ireland, nCircle vice president of marketing, said. "Security needs to be more than a written document that you file and forget; it should be a crucial safeguard that's integrated into every aspect of your business."

According to OneStopClick, a separate survey of European SMBs turned up similar results. Of the 160 decision-makers polled, 58 percent said their company lacked a formal plan for disaster recovery.