IT disaster recovery, cloud computing and information security news

According to new Zerto research, a significant number of organizations do not back up their data or test their business continuity and disaster recovery (BC/DR) capabilities with enough frequency. As such, businesses across the world are introducing the risk of disruption and data loss in a world expecting 24/7 availability.

Zerto surveyed 100 senior-level IT and security managers during RSA’s 2020 Conference to ascertain the impact of malware and the robustness of their cyber security strategies. The respondents represent a mix of service providers and end-users across a variety of business sectors.

Key findings include:

  • With ransomware attacks on the rise, 56 percent of self-identified end users said they are re-evaluating their disaster recovery, backup and cyber resilience strategy and tools.
  • 62 percent said that they are still using traditional backup tools rather than replication technologies such as continuous data protection (CDP).
  • Two in five businesses stated that they back up their data every 12 hours or even less frequently — with 17 percent leaving a gap of more than 24 hours between backup copies.
  • 64 percent of end-users only test their BC/DR scenarios and recoverability on an annual or quarterly basis.

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