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Is Your Data Safe from a Natural Disaster?

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In case of disaster - what would be safe? In case of disaster - what would be safe?

August was full of surprises: volatility on Wall Street, droughts in the heartland, an earthquake rocking Virginia and surrounding states and Hurricane Irene ripping through the East Coast.

Small businesses need to be prepared for anything, and while most have plans to protect workers and find alternative places to conduct business in the event of a calamity, many aren’t prepared to protect their data, according to Symantec (SYMC).

Symantec regularly conducts surveys of small-to-medium-sized businesses to gauge their preparedness for a natural disaster as it relates to IT. The results of its most recent survey show that 50% of the 1,288 global respondents aren’t prepared for a natural calamity.

“The scary part is we see lots of potential disasters across various regions, it’s really important for companies of all sizes to be prepared,” said Monica Girolami, a senior product marketing manager at the Mountain View, Calif.-based company. Small businesses need to make sure their data is secured onsite and offsite no matter the circumstance, she warned.

In addition to the 50% of survey respondents not having a plan in place, Symantec found that 65% live in regions that are susceptible to natural disasters.  What’s more, 44% of respondents said they would lose at least 40% of their data in an event of a natural disaster. The survey also found that 31% don’t back up email, 21% don’t back up application data and 17% don’t back up customer data.

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