IT leaders in the UK and Ireland see a ‘protection gap’ between tolerable data loss and how IT is protecting data
- Published: Tuesday, 04 October 2022 08:24
A new report from Veeam Software says that UK and Irish businesses are ‘headed for a data protection emergency’. Nearly eight in ten (79 percent) of IT decision makers and professionals in the countries disclosed gaps between their data dependency, backup frequency, SLAs and ability to get back to productive business when asked by researchers compiling the Veeam Data Protection Trends Report 2022. Meanwhile, 76 percent of respondents admitted falling prey to at least one ransomware attack in the past year, with 65 percent now using cloud services as part of their data protection strategy to increase resiliency. 20 percent of IT leaders polled say they will change backup solutions for cost reasons, while 23 percent are looking to improve results.
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84 percent of organizations rely on backup logs or media readability to assure recoverability, meaning only 16 percent routinely test by restoring and testing functionality. However, just over half (52 percent) of organizations first restored to an isolated sandbox before recovering data after a ransomware attack.
“While it’s becoming increasingly common for ‘production’ to outpace ‘protection,’ the growing gap between what organizations expect and what IT is placed to deliver is worrying. Add in the fact that ransomware is almost a guaranteed threat that every organization must prepare for and we are clearly headed for a data protection emergency,” said Dan Middleton, Vice President UK & Ireland, Veeam.
“But what’s more concerning is the effectiveness of attackers to proactively destroy their victim’s data backup repositories. To protect your data, you need a secure, immutable backup in place as your last line of defence, and while IT departments are under pressure to cut costs, data protection budgets should never be reduced. It's a false economy to think you can save money on your data protection strategies. Instead, by investing wisely and taking a modern approach to data protection, you not only gain an advantage over attackers but also increase business resiliency which can give you the edge over competitors.”
About the Veeam Data Protection Trends Report 2022
Veeam commissioned independent market research company Vanson Bourne to conduct a quantitative research study into data protection market trends, adoption, and perceptions across enterprise organizations globally. The research has been conducted of 3,000 IT decision makers (at organizations with more than 1,000 employees) from 28 countries, using an unbiased quantitative approach to ensure impartiality for the results.