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An Exploratory Delphi Study among Small Business Executives on Adoption of Disaster Recovery Practices



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Journal of Information Systems Security
Volume 5, Number 1 (2009)
Pages 6187
ISSN 1551-0123 (Print)
ISSN 1551-0808 (Online)
Barry A. Cumbie — University of Southern Mississippi, USA
Casey G. Cegielski — Auburn University, USA
Chetan S. Sankar — Auburn University, USA
Information Institute Publishing, Washington DC, USA




Trends in information technology (IT) are enabling even the smallest of firms not only to be IT-equipped but also to achieve previously unreachable levels of information technology sophistication. Even so, 65% of small- and medium-sized businesses have not devised a disaster recovery plan. This research study asked small business executives two questions: "What disaster recovery practices are appropriate to protect against a disaster?" and "Why are these practices adopted?" This paper discusses the results from a Delphi study of nine executives.

The results of the Delphi study include two lists of ten items deemed to be the most important, one enumerating disaster recovery practices and the other listing the reasons for either adopting or not adopting these practices. A consensus among the Delphi panelists was not achieved, perhaps because of the preventative and clustered nature of disaster recovery. Each identified reason coincided with theoretical constructs of classical innovation diffusion theory, suggesting it to be an appropriate theoretical perspective for information security research.




Information Security, Business Continuity Planning, Disaster Recovery, Delphi Research Method, Innovation Diffusion Theory




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