Many SMEs are risking significant loss of revenue and reputation because they do not have adequate disaster recovery plans in place for their websites, according to a new survey.The report, published by NetBenefit, found that one in three (33 per cent) SMEs had no disaster recovery plan in place for their websites. Should their websites crash, the companies face lost revenue and brand awareness.Of the companies who did have contingency plans, which are designed to protect against viruses, DoS (Denial of Service) attacks or unpredicted spikes in traffic, only 38 per cent check the affectivity of such plans more than once a year.Similarly, the report says, many SMEs are underestimating the impact a crashed website would have on their business. Nearly two-thirds (64 per cent) believed that their business would suffer no, or only slight, damage if their site was to go down."Nearly every day we hear about viruses, hacking and other web attacks, let alone natural disasters such as fires or floods," warned Jonathan Robinson of NetBenefit."Yet, while many companies go to great lengths to protect their physical assets with burglar alarms and other security devices, they do little or nothing to protect their vital, online business."Recently, a consumer watchdog estimated that 40 per cent of all retail sales would take place online by 2020.© Adfero Ltd

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