Despite the heightened threat from global terrorism, research from Compass Management Consulting suggests that companies' security and disaster recovery plans are not up to scratch and that companies

The research found that despite 98% of companies having a business continuity plan (BCP) in preparation for potential crises, over half of them (58%) had suffered an IT disaster during the last five years. Of these companies, only 38% actually invoked the BCP to help solve the problem. Of those that did invoke the plan, 71% reported that their business was still affected.

The study shows that a combination of factors result in BCP measures often being inadequate. These include failing to review plans on a regular basis, not viewing BCP as a dynamic process, and failing to incorporate critical elements such as risk analysis and business impact analysis into the plan.