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Four million UK businesses at risk of data loss

Sonia Blizzard
Sonia Blizzard

Almost one million UK businesses do not backup their company data and a further 2.8 million risk losing valuable information by storing electronic copies in the same location as the original data, according to new research from business ISP Beaming.

Its survey of more than 500 business leaders shows that while 83% of UK firms backup their data, half save it to servers or storage devices in the same premises, leaving them vulnerable to data loss through theft, fire or malware attack.

Only one third (35%) of UK businesses store backup data off premises, for example in the cloud, on portable storage devices taken home by employees or on the company’s own servers located in a separate data centre or colocation facility.

Just 18% of businesses currently backup their data to facilities located at least 30 miles from their premises, the minimum distance recommended by business continuity experts to limit the IT impact of natural disasters. Of these, most use cloud based storage services and don’t know precisely where their data is held.

Sonia Blizzard, managing director of Beaming, said: “Our research shows that almost four million UK businesses are vulnerable to data loss from single events and could potentially become unable to operate. We’d encourage businesses to think seriously about private cloud or colocation services when it comes to storing highly sensitive data or mission critical applications. These should only be accessed through the most secure forms of connectivity.”

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