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Companies Exposed from Inadequate Disaster Recovery Planning and Testing


Abigail Lovell
UK & Ireland Public Relations Manager
Symantec Corporation
+44 (0) 118 943 6846
Claire Morgan
Bite Communications
Office: +44 (0)20 8834 3458
Guy Bunker
Chief Scientist
Symantec Corporation



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Guy Bunker
Guy Bunker

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Symantec’s latest Disaster recovery Report worryingly shows that 77% of CEOs are not taking an active role in disaster recovery planning. To hear the thoughts of Guy Bunker, Chief Scientist, Symantec, PLEASE CLICK HERE

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  • Inadequate Disaster Recovery Planning and Testing - Symantec today announced the findings of an international study indicating that while 91 percent of IT organisations carry out full scenario testing of their disaster recovery plans incorporating relevant people, processes and technologies, nearly 50 percent of those tests fail. This means that one in two UK organisations is not equipped to handle events, such as natural disasters, computer system failures and external computer threats.


  • Nearly Half Executed Disaster Recovery Plan – Nearly half of IT organisations surveyed have had to execute their company’s disaster recovery plans. The research findings show that 48 percent of organisations have had to execute disaster recovery plans and 44 percent surveyed without a disaster recovery plan experienced one problem or disaster, while 26 percent experience two or more, and 11 percent experienced three or more. 


  • CEO’s Not Taking Active Role in Disaster Planning – 69 percent of respondents were concerned about their company’s brand and reputation, 65 percent feared harm to overall customer loyalty, 65 percent were concerned with the impact to their competitive standing, while 64 percent were worried about losing company data in the wake of disasters. Despite this 77 percent of CEOs surveyed are still failing to take an active role on disaster planning committees. 


  • Natural Disasters Top Concern Prompting Creation of Disaster Recovery Plan -Concerns that prompted IT organisations to create a disaster recovery plan included 69 percent citing natural disasters, 57 percent naming virus attacks and 31 percent specifying war and/or terrorism.


  • Exposure to IT-specific Threats - 67 percent surveyed cited computer failure and 57 percent named external computer threats , while 89 percent agreed upon acceptable levels of risk with non-IT business executives in their organisation, only 33 percent have done so for all the threats to which they feel exposed.



Guy Bunker quote. 
“IT executives are taking a fresh, hard look at their disaster recovery and business continuity strategies. To protect against downtime, organisations must implement high availability and disaster recovery across their enterprise environments. They must also maintain procedures for non-disruptive disaster recovery testing that continually evaluate the effectiveness of their disaster recovery strategy without impacting the production environment.  Symantec addresses these critical demands through a broad range of industry-leading services and solutions for heterogeneous environments.”


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About the Symantec Disaster Recovery Research Report
The Symantec Disaster Recovery Research 2007 report is an international study highlighting business trends regarding disaster planning and preparedness.  Conducted by independent market research firm Dynamic Markets during June and July 2007, the study surveyed IT managers in large organizations across the U.S., 11 European countries, the Middle East and South Africa to gain insight and understanding into some of the more complicated factors associated with disaster recovery.


About Symantec
Symantec is a global leader in infrastructure software, enabling businesses and consumers to have confidence in a connected world. The company helps customers protect their infrastructure, information and interactions by delivering software and services that address risks to security, availability, compliance and performance. Headquartered in Cupertino, Calif., Symantec has operations in 40 countries. More information is available at www.symantec.com.


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