Disaster Recovery Facts & Statistics for Business Continuity

Is your company prepared for when disaster strikes? Whether you are running a company or the IT department, it's imperative that you are prepared for the worst - and ensure your business-critical data and applications are secure at all times. The term "disaster" often makes us think of hurricanes and tornados - events that are life-changing. But computer viruses, transformer malfunctions or hardware damage are also "disasters" for your company's bottom line.

Check Out Just How Damaging These Disasters Can Be, and Ways to Secure Your Business:

Business Continuity

  • 20% of businesses experience a failure (fire, flood, power outage, natural disaster, etc.) in any given year, and 80% of those businesses will go under in just over a year, according to the Bureau of Labor.

  • 60% of companies that lose their data will shut down within 6 months.

  • Only 35% of SMBs have a comprehensive disaster recovery plan in place, according to Gartner.

Financial Losses

  • US businesses lose over 12 billion per year because of data loss.

  • The cost of losing critical applications has been estimated by experts at more than $5,000 per minute.

  • Network downtime costs 80% of small and medium-sized businesses at least $20,000 per hour.


Rising Frequency

(Un)Natural Causes

  • Natural Disasters account for only 1% of all data loss while hardware failure, human error, security breaches, or viruses account for the majority.

  • Hurricanes are the most destructive force causing power failure, flooding, customer loss, and the closure of many businesses.

  • According to an analyst firm in IDC, about 70% of all successful attacks on computer networks were carried out by employees and insiders.

Cloud Data Continuity

  • 25% of companies rely on cloud storage as part of their Disaster Recovery Plan.

  • 59% of organizations keep backups in only one location, typically a single, physical site.

  • 20% of cloud storage users are able to recover from a site disaster in 4 hours or less. Only 9% of non-cloud storage users can say the same.

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