Disaster Recovery Planning Before The Disaster: Hurricane Season starts June 1st
How quickly can your business be back up and running after a hurricane, server crash, cyber attack or another data-erasing tragedy?
The foundation of any successful business is the ability to retrieve and access their data at any given point. So why is it that anywhere between 40 to 70 percent of companies don’t have disaster recovery plans (DRP)?
If your business doesn’t have a DRP, or haven’t tested it in years, here are 8 cold hard truths to consider:
- It isn’t natural disasters or catastrophic losses like fires that take down small businesses but something far more sinister – malware. Cyber attacks through malware have grown exponentially in the past four years. Malware is hitting everything from PCs to Macs to mobile devices and it’s inflicting damage.
- Over half of the small businesses in the U.S. have experienced disruptions in day-to-day business operations. 81% of these incidents have led to downtime that has lasted anywhere from one to three days.
- According to data compiled by the Hughes Marketing Group, 90% of companies employing less than 100 people spend fewer than eight hours a month on their business continuity plan.
- 80% of businesses that have experienced a major disaster are out of business within three years. Meanwhile, 40% of businesses impacted by critical IT failure cease operations within one year. 44% of businesses ravaged by a fire fail to ever reopen, and only 33% of those that do reopen survive any longer than three years.
- Disaster recovery solution providers estimate that 60% to 70% of all business disruptions originate internally – most likely due to hardware or software failure or human error.
- 93% of businesses unable to access their data center for ten or more days filed for bankruptcy within twelve months of the incident.
- In the United States alone, there are over 140,000 hard drive crashes each week.
- 34% of SMBs never test their backup and recovery solutions – of those who do, over 75% found holes and failures in their strategies.
It’s critical that small businesses review their backup and disaster recovery plans and processes, and take business continuity seriously. Given the vulnerabilities associated with the cloud and workforce mobility, the risk of critical data loss today is quite serious and firms must be truly prepared for the unexpected.
If you need help with disaster recovery planning, contact us, today! Hurricane season starts June 1st!