Preliminary Results Show Three Out of Four Companies at Risk, Fail to Prepare for Disaster Recovery

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Tuesday, August 13th 2013

Dismal State of Disaster Recovery Preparedness Rampant Among Organizations of All Sizes


Recently a council was formed to gain a better understanding of Disaster Recovery (DR) best practices and make preparedness more cost-effective and efficient. This Disaster Recovery Preparedness (DRP) Council was created by IT business, government and academic leaders to address these issues, with its mission to increase DR Preparedness awareness and improve DR practices.

Organizations around the globe have participated in an online Disaster Recovery Preparedness Benchmark (DRPB) Survey created by the council that launched just over a month ago. This survey is designed to give business continuity, disaster recovery, compliance audit and risk management professionals a measure of their own preparedness in recovering critical IT systems running in virtual environments.

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Initial results from the Disaster Recovery Preparedness online benchmark survey show the dismal state of DR preparedness of companies worldwide. Using a common grading system from A (the best) to F (the worst), 72% of survey participants, or nearly 3 out of 4 companies worldwide, are failing in terms of disaster readiness scoring ratings of either a D or F grade. Only 28% scored an A, B or C passing grade, with the remaining 72% of respondents at risk. This report presents initial DR Preparedness benchmark trends for a mix of companies large and small that have taken the survey so far.

A free copy of the Disaster Recovery report is available at:

Other results show most companies worldwide are putting their business operations at risk by not being properly prepared to recover their IT systems in the event of a disaster. The results so far indicate a significant gap in disaster recovery preparedness that does not bode well for businesses that typically depend on their IT systems to survive in today’s marketplace. Actual result findings highlight:

Nearly 3 out of 4 at risk of failing to recover from Disaster/Outage

  • 51% - F
  • 21% - D
  • 21% - C
  • 7% - B
  • 0% - A

The vast majority of companies of all sizes are not prepared to recover critical IT systems in the event of a disaster.

One-Third lost critical Apps for hours

  • 36% lost critical apps, VMs, critical data -files for hours; 11% of the companies lost these for days

The cost of losing critical applications has been estimated by various experts at $5,000 per minute.

Human error, software and hardware failures biggest cause of Outage/Data Loss


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Lisa Grau

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