December 3, 2021

Three Quarters of UK Companies at risk from Inadequate Data Backup

Groundbreaking DataFort survey highlights errors in disaster recovery plans

Release date: October 2002

DataFort, provider of effortless off-site data back-up, today released the results of a survey on back-up and disaster recovery in UK businesses. Taken over a period of two months and focusing on 150 IT dependent businesses in various markets, the survey addressed all elements of the back-up process and the role that it plays. DataFort estimate that over 83% of companies have an inadequate back up strategy, highlighting the extreme vulnerability of UK business.

Over half of the respondents had a skilled person manually performing back-ups every day. Despite this, their efforts could be in vain, with 50% of those who backed up with tape admitting that they did not consistently ‘verify’ their tape. This means that no-one would know if the process had corrupted in any way, rendering the back-up useless. 28% of the respondents said that they would rely on an employee taking the data home with them, while 19% left the data close to their computers. So while businesses are prepared to back-up, the way in which the data is stored is the weakest link in their disaster recovery plan.

“Given the recent publicity surrounding back-up and disaster recovery, you would think that there would be more people taking this issue seriously” comments Marcie Terman, Business Development Director at DataFort. “However the results of our survey indicate that only 18% have a comprehensive and secure back-up plan. 40% of companies are in the extreme risk category, with either no back-ups or back-ups that would not protect them adequately. If these companies were to suffer data loss as a result of a virus, technical failure, fire, flood or theft or other incident, the future of the business would be in jeopardy”

“The results of our research also show that businesses are relying on outdated back-up techniques that may be creating unnecessary workload for their users. The most effective solutions tend to be those that provide data security as an automated service, saving time and money” continues Terman. “Our software does just this - automatically gathering and encrypting the data and transferring it via an Internet connection to a secure data centre, all at a click of a button. So, contrary to the respondents in our survey, back-up need not be a headache with the right technology in place.”


DataFort provides dependable secure off-site computer information storage with a focus on functionality and convenience for the end user. The company was founded in 2000 and is headquartered in Guildford, UK and New York, USA. It’s software and services are used by thousands of businesses worldwide - ranging from small SMEs and schools through to quoted companies and local government. Every hour of every day someone, somewhere backs up with DataFort.


Marcie Terman
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