90 Percent of Indian SMBs Unprepared for Disasters: Survey

Computerworld June 28, 2012
90 Percent of Indian SMBs Unprepared for Disasters: Survey
The survey revealed that a desire to improve their disaster preparedness plays an important part in SMBs adopting emerging technologies like virtualization, cloud and mobility.

The 2012 SMB Disaster Preparedness Survey uncovered that less than 10 percent of Indian SMBs are sufficiently prepared for disasters even as they grapple with high instances of disasters. However, the survey also revealed that Indian SMBs are adopting technologies such as virtualization, cloud computing and mobility, often with improved disaster preparedness as a goal.

Symantec engaged market research firm ReRez, a Texas based company, who gathered data from 100 Indian SMBs (less than 249 employees) in order to put together the survey report. The survey reveals that Indian SMBs experienced at least one natural disaster in the last 12 months. Power outage (74 percent) and industrial accidents (72 percent) are the top disasters cited. Indian SMBs also experienced an average of five instances of operational outage, due to power outages, industrial accidents and IT system failures, lasting an average of 11 hours.

"Small and medium businesses are the backbone of India. These businesses cannot afford lengthy downtimes and so their ability to quickly recover from a disaster is critical," said Vijay Mhaskar, Vice President- Information Management Group, Symantec India. "It's time Indian SMBs start looking seriously at having a sound plan with effective security and data protection solutions that will enable them to better prepare for and quickly recover from potential disasters," he said.