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8 more frightening facts that will make your data quake

“…There are 2 elements of communications system failure during a crisis: loss of infrastructure and overload… following the 9/11 attacks 200,000 voice lines and 4million data circuits failed…and by 11am that day 90% of all mobile calls were blocked due to infrastructure failure or overload…” - Source: Applied Satellite Technology

One if five businesses can expect to be affected by a major disruption in the next 5 years. Of those, 60 percent will be out of business within 2 years. - Source:

More than 30,000 PCs per day are being recruited into secret networks that spread spam and viruses. - Source:

Around 5 million people, in 2 million properties live in flood risk areas in England and Wales.- Source:

A recent survey conducted by Business Continuity Expo 2007 found that people believe that the biggest threats for UK in 2007 are:

54% rate terrorism

30% voted for natural disasters

16% rate avian flu


11. On average, 70% of re-sold hard-drives and memory cards contain pornographic material according to research carried out on 1,000 hard-drives over the course of a year by Disklabs Data Recovery and Computer Forensics.

Only 37% of sole traders surveyed had a procedure to deal with a disaster, even though over half recognised it could put them out of business. 47% of 505 owner managers without a BC plan said that they hadn’t thought about implementing one, 29% said it was unlikely such an event would affect them anyway and 11% said they had no time to think about it. - Source: Dennis Thomas, Managing Director, Network Disaster Recovery

12 ½. 90 per cent of businesses that lose data from a disaster are forced to close within two years of the disaster. 80 per cent of businesses without a well-structured recovery plan are forced to close within 12 months of a flood or fire. 43 per cent of companies experiencing disasters never recover. 50 per cent of companies experiencing a computer outage will be forced to shut within five years. - Source:

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.