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Companies Have a False Sense of Confidence in Their Backup Solutions

The latest results from the Databarracks annual Backup and Recovery survey indicate that overall, 91% of companies claim to be confident in their backup solution.

Upon further investigation, 74% of those who do not use encryption or replication and do not take backups offsite are confident despite skipping these steps.

Furthermore, 67% still consider their backup solution to be secure even though they do not keep or check backup logs and do not test their restores to ensure that they are working properly.

Peter Groucutt, Databarracks MD says “the results of the survey so far show that although most companies understand the importance of having business continuity and disaster recovery plans in place, there seems to be a knowledge gap when it comes to understanding the technologies that are currently available to deliver reliable and fast recovery in the event of a system failure".

The survey also reveals that 27% of companies’ data loss is caused by human error, 26% from hardware failure, and 19% from software failure. Previous reports from 2006 indicated that hardware failure caused the majority of data loss at 61%, while human error only accounted for 2%.

So far, the survey has been answered by 500 companies with strong representation across all industry sectors including Banking and Finance, IT, Education, and Engineering.

The data gathered spans a variety of topics including virtualisation, business continuity plans, restores, backup policies, data retention regulations, and other associated areas.

Désiré Athow
Désiré Athow

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 ITProPortal.com 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.