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Many data recovery plans fail because of errors, says expert

Data recovery and business continuity plans often have failures because they were not kept up-to-date or errors were made in preparation, according to Janco Associates.

Victor Janulaitis chief executive of the firm, which aids firms in planning an implementing risk management and business continuity, revealed that less than half of 253 activations surveyed were completely successful, and, although the schemes did not fail, they did have a number of shortcomings.

Of the data recovery plans, only 47 were a complete success with the most common problem encountered being an error in planning, followed by a failure to keep the scheme up-to-date and unavailable or inaccurate passwords.

"Even though none of the activations reviewed resulted in a complete failure, we found that there were a number of shortcomings that could be corrected," Mr Janulaitis.

Expert Curt Barry, writing for multichannelmerchant.com, said that businesses are often overconfident of their preparedness and the capability of their disaster and data recovery plans.

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Janco publishes a Disaster Recovery Business Continuity Template. Janulaitis said that many of the industry's best practices that are clearly defined within the template. “We continue to review efforts of companies around the globe as they recover from various types of disasters and add components to our template that can be used by enterprises of all sizes. ” He added, "Over 3,000 companies in over 65 countries have selected Janco's Disaster Recovery Business Continuity Template as their product of choice. ”

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