Disaster recovery service provider Databarracks, has become a 'Corporate Partner' of the Business Continuity Institute (BCI), working with it to raise the profile of business continuity management (BCM) as a critical discipline for business resilience, amongst the SME community.
Founded in 1994, the BCI has established itself as the leading organisation for BC professionals worldwide, supporting over 8,000 members in more than 100 countries and working with an estimated 3,000 organisations in private, public and third sectors. BCI members receive access to a wealth of resources and industry knowledge, centered around developing and maintaining professional competency in BC.
A growing number of organisations are taking proactive steps to improve their business resilience. Evidence from this can be seen from Databarracks' latest annual Data Health Check survey, which reveals that over the past eight years the volume of organisations adopting BC plans has increased from 37 per cent to 67 per cent. As a 'Corporate Partner', Databarracks will aim to help grow this figure further by working with the BCI to provide education and awareness of BCM best practice, notably amongst the SME community.
Peter Groucutt, managing director of Databarracks commented: "The small and medium sized businesses in the UK that we work with will rarely have their own dedicated BC professionals. Our aim is to take the best-practice, expertise and knowledge and make it applicable and usable for our customers. Often we see the distinction between BC and IT disaster recovery (DR) are blurred for smaller businesses. We have been helping our customers with IT DR, but we want to go beyond IT to help improve overall business resilience. We are training all of our customer facing staff in the fundamentals of business continuity and now that we are a Corporate Partner of the BCI, we want to work with the institute to help raise the profile of BCM and improve resilience.
David Thorp, Executive Director of the BCI added to this and welcomed Databarracks to the BCI: "It is a pleasure to welcome Databarracks as a Corporate Partner of the BCI and we look forward to working with them to help advance the industry. Databarracks bring a unique insight into the world of disaster recovery. Additionally, their drive and determination to help organisations become more secure and more resilient is a goal we both share. With our own Horizon Scan Report identifying just how great a threat the cyber landscape can pose to all organisations, it is essential that organisations work together to help combat this threat and improve resiliency."