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Very few businesses have full confidence in disaster recovery capabilities

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A vast majority of organisations in the UK (just below two thirds) don’t trust their current disaster recovery (opens in new tab) (DR) plans, according to new reports from Databarracks. The same report suggests that roughly half of organisations don’t trust their backup solutions, either.

Based on a poll of more than 400 IT decision-makers in the UK, the report says that the country hasn’t exactly seen huge progress in DR and backup (opens in new tab) confidence. It argues that part of the problem lies in the fact that many organisations don’t have off-site backups set up. Some never test their backups, while others haven’t tested their DR processes in the last 12 months.

“Frequent testing and having offsite copies of data should be crucial pillars of any DR and Business Continuity strategy (opens in new tab),” said Peter Groucutt, Managing Director at Databarracks. “This doesn’t need to be expensive or difficult – it’s simply a case of taking the right steps to improve resilience.

Companies worry mostly about lost revenue and reputational damage which may occur after a disaster. Groucutt advises businesses to conduct a Business Impact Analysis (BIA) to determine the potential effects of a disruption. That should help them spot important pain points, and how they should react in case of an emergency.

“Then, put plans and workarounds in place to keep you operational. With a clear vision and strategy you’ll be in a position to tackle any incident with confidence.”

Sead Fadilpašić is a freelance tech writer and journalist with more than 17 years experience writing technology-focussed news, blogs, whitepapers, reviews, and ebooks. And his work has featured in online media outlets from all over the world, including Al Jazeera Balkans (where he was a Multimedia Journalist), Crypto News, TechRadar Pro, and IT Pro Portal, where he has written news and features for over five years. Sead's experience also includes writing for inbound marketing, where he creates technology-based content for clients from London to Singapore. Sead is a HubSpot-certified content creator.