Three quarters of local authorities have reviewed their disaster recovery support within the last year.

 

According to a survey by Adam Continuity, three quarters of local authorities have reviewed their disaster recovery support within the last year and over 80 per cent use a third party to assist in disaster recovery rehearsals.

 

Two thirds of local authorities use a combination of in-house resources supported by external contractors as their disaster recovery solution, the remaining third outsource completely.

 

However half of those responsible for business continuity in local authorities believe that their IT resilience budget is not sufficient, and nearly 80 per cent saw no increase in budget during 2008.

 

Meanwhile many did not feel that councillors shared their view of priorities, with only a quarter believing elected members would give business continuity the same level of importance.

 

Philip Caulfield, managing director of Adam Continuity, said: “It's a refreshing case of practise what you preach with local authority IT departments. Around 65 per cent of those responsible for IT in local authorities in Britain believe business continuity to be extremely critical to the council and that attitude is totally reflected in how they manage disaster recovery and in their professional planning.”