50.5 percent of respondents said they feel somewhat prepared to recover their IT and related assets following a disaster or other incident.
50.5 percent of respondents said they feel somewhat prepared to recover their IT and related assets following a disaster or other incident.

Cloud services company Evolve IP conducted its “2015 Disaster Recovery & Business Continuity Survey” with more than 2,000 executive and IT professionals, and, in the end, learned that less than half feel very prepared to recover their IT and related assets following a disaster or other incident.

The survey explores disaster preparedness and disaster recovery trends in North American organizations – 53 percent of the 2,084 respondents work for companies with 100 to 2,000 employees, 16.5 percent work for businesses with more than 2,000 employees, and the remainder come from groups with between one and 99 staffers.

Nearly 35 percent of respondents said that their organization has experienced an incident or outage that required disaster recovery, and roughly 44 percent of those have experienced multiple incidents, according to the survey.

At 47 percent, hardware failure and server issues was the top cause of incidents and outages. Environmental disasters came in at 34 percent, other miscellaneous power outages at 27.5 percent, human error at 18.5 percent, software failure at 15 percent, backup failure at 8.5 percent, and deliberate attack at 6.5 percent.

When asked how ready they are to recover their IT and related assets in the event of a disaster or other incident, 50.5 percent of respondents said they feel somewhat prepared, 45.5 percent said very prepared, and four percent said not prepared, the survey shows.

In a Wednesday email correspondence, Scott Kinka, CTO of Evolve IP, told SCMagazine.com that it is not very surprising that more than half of respondents felt somewhat prepared, but he said that executives should find it concerning.

“To be prepared organizations must have a [disaster recovery] plan in place and test it at least once per year,” Kinka said. “It sounds simple, but most of the organizations we talk to daily simply can't produce a plan at all. Business executives don't know if a plan exists. To be very prepared the plan needs to be integrated with all departments and groups and cover not just core IT items, but communications, call center, [human resources], finance [and more].”