Disaster recovery on back burner as big business shuns continuity planning

Many big businesses in the UK do not have detailed business continuity plans, leaving them open to threats including flooding, IT disasters and terrorism, new research has found.

Research conducted by global business analysis specialist International Data Corporation (IDC) for BT Global Services, found that one in five of the largest firms in the UK have no plans in place.

For those respondents who already have continuity plans in place, a third plan to increase their spending in 2008, according to the research.

Ray Stanton, global head of business continuity, security & governance practice, BT Global Services, said: “It’s interesting to see that so many businesses plan to up spending in such a tough climate.

“Business continuity planning should encompass technology, human resources and customer service issues. So it’s encouraging to see that so many businesses have now developed emergency recovery plans, because they go beyond pure IT and communications matters,” he said.

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