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New research from business continuity and disaster recovery firm, Databarracks, has revealed that organizational confidence in IT backup capabilities has risen over the past decade. Over 50 percent of organizations feel ‘very confident’ in the state of their backup solutions, which is up from 33 percent in 2008.

First released 10 years ago, the Databarracks Data Health Check surveys over 400 IT decision-makers on a range of topics relating to IT practices within their business. Notable highlights from this year’s survey include:

  • Confidence in backup solutions has risen significantly since 2008. An 18 percentage point increase means 51 percent of participants are now very confident in their backup capabilities.
  • This increased confidence is against a backdrop of growing data volumes, with 29 per cent of organizations (from 12 percent in 2008) handling over 100TBs of data.
  • In 2008, 47 percent of organizations had not encrypted their backup data. This fell to 33 percent in 2018.
  • The average frequency of restores has stayed fairly consistent over the years. Additionally, restore testing has decreased with those ‘not testing’ dropping from 20 percent in 2008 to 15 percent in 2018.

Commenting, Peter Groucutt, managing director of Databarracks, said:

“Considering macro trends in IT over the past 10 years – the explosion of data, ever increasing cyber threats, the emergence of cloud and with it the shift to greater mobile and remote working – it’s easy to see where strains are being placed on an organization’s backup capabilities and why confidence might be shaken. Our findings show this is not the case, which is encouraging to see. More and more firms have a business continuity and disaster recovery plan in place and importantly, plans are being reviewed and regularly tested, which will breed confidence.”

“Despite more businesses encrypting backup data, a third of organizations not doing this is too high. Whether you’re backing up data to physical media like tape or disk, or whether you’re transferring data offsite, over the Internet, the possibilities for it being intercepted are very real with serious ramifications for those at fault.

“Considering it from the perspective of GDPR, while not mandating the use of encryption in the regulation itself, it does require an organization to demonstrate its approach to compliance. If an organization chooses not to encrypt, then a business would need to demonstrate what alternative methods it uses to safeguard data or face severe penalties.”

“We hope the next 12 months sees confidence continue to rise in backup solutions. More regular testing of restores as well as greater numbers of businesses adopting encryption into their backup strategies, will certainly improve this.”

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