Study shows lack of disaster planning

Despite recent examples such as the blackout in Ontario and raging forest fires in British Columbia, many Canadian organizations still fail to see the need for a comprehensive disaster recovery plan.

This was reflected in the fourth annual national IT survey conducted by Athabasca University and CIO Canada magazine, which found 44 per cent of the more than 2,500 respondents did not believe their organizations had a disaster recovery plan in place.

“Bearing in mind that our respondents are [IT] managers and professionals… it is reasonable to assume that if plans exist then they should know about it,” said Peter Carr, executive director of Athabasca University’s Centre for Innovative Management.

Carr said a failure on the part of senior management teams to keep up with technology and its role in day-to-day business is to blame for the lack of comprehensive disaster recovery planning.

The study also found:

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