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The Second Middle East Business Continuity Management Survey report

eHosting DataFort and UAE-based consultancy Continuity and Resilience have jointly published ‘The Second Middle East Business Continuity Management Survey’ report. This describes the results from a survey which was conducted across nine Middle East countries: the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, Egypt, Jordan and Iraq.

The study set out to measure the levels of business continuity management maturity in the region and to highlight trends.

Findings include:

- 16 percent of the respondents reported at least one significant business disruption during the last year, citing hardware/software failures, power failure, application infrastructure failure and site outages as the top four reasons.

- Survey respondents indicated that IT infrastructure for disaster recovery, as well as training, awareness building, software and licenses are the key business continuity management investment areas.

- Close to 21 percent of the organizations have had a robust business continuity management programme in place for the past three years, while 14 percent have started the process more recently. The rest (65 percent) of the organizations do not yet have a business continuity management programme in place. Out of the latter, around 50 percent conduct IT-disaster recovery drills. This outcome underscores the fact that some organizations are implementing IT- disaster recovery without adopting a holistic business continuity management program.

- 57 percent of respondents rated their organization's business continuity readiness as average or below average; 51 percent assessed their organization's IT disaster recovery readiness as average or below average; and 54 percent of respondents rated their organization's crisis management readiness as average or below average. In addition, the report also found that 65 percent of the respondents were not very sure of the overall reliability of their current IT backup and recovery systems and procedures.

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•Date: 23rd February 2012 • Middle East •Type: Article • Topic: BC statistics

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