Business continuity plan 'not prohibitively expensive for small businesses'

Wednesday 16 September 2015

Small businesses have been assured that putting a business continuity plan (BCP) in place does not have to break the bank.

According to Databarracks, smaller ventures tend to be less likely to have a BCP than their larger counterparts.

However, technical operations manager at the group Oscar Arean insisted implementing a disaster recovery programme is not "prohibitively expensive" any more.

"Cloud computing has made the technology for IT disaster recovery available to all businesses, so the only barrier is the investment in time," he observed.

Mr Arean noted that a lack of time is often cited as a reason for not testing their BCPs, but stressed that this is not an "inflexible commodity".

"Using it as an excuse for not testing may represent more of a cultural aversion rather than a genuine lack of resources," he commented.

Mr Arean said smaller firms often fail to realise the importance of robust disaster recovery solutions until they actually experience a significant data loss or period of downtime themselves.

He added that being prepared for the worst is no longer a "luxury insurance policy" and is "absolutely essential" for businesses of all sizes.

According to figures from Databarracks, 68 per cent of medium-sized organisations and 75 per cent of large businesses have a BCP in place.

By contrast, just 27 per cent of smaller ventures are similarly prepared. Of these, nearly three-quarters have failed to test it during the last year.

By Victoria McDonnell

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