Businesses globally are overwhelmingly ill prepared when it comes to disaster recovery, says Riaan Hamman, spokesman for the South African chapter of the international Disaster Recovery Preparedness Council.
The council, which established its local chapter earlier this year, is conducting a study on global disaster recovery. “The preliminary results are cause for concern,” Hamman says. “Around 72% of companies worldwide are at risk because they fail to prepare adequately for disaster recovery.”
Nearly three out of four companies are at risk of failing to recover from a disaster or outage; 36% of respondents said they had lost critical apps, virtual machines and critical data files for hours; and 11% of the companies had lost these for days.