Too many companies are risking an IT disaster because they are not properly protected, according to experts.
UK-based tech support firm IT Lab claims that companies are sticking their heads in the sand and hoping for the best when it comes to disaster recovery. It is a policy which "could spell financial suicide", the firm believes.
Dom Monkhouse, managing director of IT Lab, said: "Accidents can occur. Look at the major comms hub which caught fire in Manchester a few years ago leaving hundreds of businesses without telephone or internet channels for weeks.
"Not surprisingly over half the companies eventually stop trading, and most of these were SMEs. This was because they did not have any disaster recovery plans in place.
"Without a back-up plan valuable customer data can be lost which in turn ruins brand reputation and can even lead to bankruptcy."
Monkhouse warned that companies often fail to have even the most basic solutions in place.
"A disaster recovery plan does not need to be complicated, nor do its elements need to be expensive," he said.
"Often, just getting the phones to divert to a location scripted to manage them can make a huge difference, as can making sure the firm backs up data to a remote location."
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