Disaster Recovery Plan `an Essential Tool'

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It security is a major concern for the region's professional and business services sector, new research has found.

A total of 86pc of managers questioned in a survey from sector membership body Service Network said that they had a company firewall and reliable anti-virus software that was regularly updated, with only 3pc admitting to frequent disruptions as a result of a computer virus.

Findings also revealed that many small business owners and managers are computer savvy, with 66pc saying they are able to resolve problems with their computer systems and email when things go wrong. But when it comes to major IT systems failure, many companies in the North-East are not fully prepared. Only 41pc of companies have an automated back-up server that automatically restores systems and data to normal operations and almost half of the respondents have not implemented a disaster recovery plan.

Tracey Urwin, executive director of Service Network, said: "Business continuity planning is now as fundamental to every organisation as email. …