2009 Disaster Recovery & Business Continuity Survey
       Research conducted by Agility Recovery Solutions and Hughes Marketing Group.
Survey reveals the number of small and mid-sized businesses with continuity plans is high. Though their recovery programs are not comprehensive and companies do not spend enough time creating and maintaining their plans. Click here for a downloadable version of the results.

Small and medium-sized businesses are woefully unprepared for disasters.
  • 90% of smaller companies (<100 employees) surveyed spend less than one day per month preparing and maintaining their continuity plans.
  • One in five (22%) spend no time maintaining their plans.
  • Comparatively, 20% of larger companies (>100 employees) spend over 10 days per month on their continuity plans.

Data backup brings a false sense of security.
  • 94% of companies have a formal data backup plan.
  • 75% of companies say they have arrangements in place for employees to come back to work within days of a business interruption.
  • Yet many companies that acknowledge having a plan have not addressed basic infrastructure and people recovery needs.
    • 28% have access to alternate office space
    • 41% have access to mobile office space
    • 54% could acquire replacement office equipment
    • 57% have access to power generators

Responses indicate a difference between saying the “right thing” and taking action.
  • Gaining C-level buy-in is a challenge. Regardless of business size, survey results show many companies have difficulties getting C-level executives to embrace the importance of continuity planning.
  • Although 67% of respondents feel an effective business continuity plan is paramount to company success, only 53% think their company’s management team feels the same way.

The risk is real.
  • In the past two years, 52% of businesses experienced an unforeseen interruption, and the vast majority (81%) of these interruptions caused the business to be closed for one or more days.
  • 38% of businesses report their respective industries are more regulated than in the past.
  • 66% of companies say an interruption would have the same or more impact on their business than two years ago.


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