While 2010 was largely called the year of the disaster, 2011 actually saw an increase in the number of disasters with the United States experiencing a record 10 weather catastrophes costing more than a billion dollars. At the same time, 2011 research showed that organizations do not understand the importance of disaster preparedness. Half of SMBs do not have a disaster recovery plan in place, and 41 percent said that it never occurred to them to put together a plan while 40 percent stated that disaster preparedness is not a priority for them. Symantec expects that we will continue to see Mother Nature test organizations’ disaster recovery plans in 2012.
The greater likelihood organizations will need to put their disaster recovery plans in action in 2012 puts increased pressure on businesses to be prepared for disasters in the new year. Organizations will need to start looking at business services more holistically. They will need to automate recovery to recover faster and reduce their reliance on personnel. And they will need to become disaster proof. The question will be will they have learned their lesson from 2011 or have to experience it for themselves this year.
For many, 2011 will be recalled as the year of the data breach as companies of all sizes made headlines for losing valuable data. Small businesses were no exception as cyber criminals found SMBs as a new favorite target. Looking forward, the threat landscape won’t be getting any better but Symantec foresees 2012 as a year of action for businesses where they’ll start taking tangible steps to protect their businesses from the threats they face.