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Businesses are failing the data protection challenge

A recent survey has found that almost 90 percent of businesses experienced data loss in the last year.

As a result of this threat, investment in data protection and recovery continues to rise, with 94 percent of businesses maintaining expenditure on it and 35 percent increasing budgets for it from 2010 to 2011.

The independent survey ‘Insights: Data Protection and the Cloud 2011,’ conducted in association with CA Technologies, also reveals that 41 percent of organizations expect cloud computing to play an increasingly important role in their business continuity plans over the next year.

Of the businesses surveyed, 39 percent have data that resides in the private cloud and 21 percent in the public cloud. Encouragingly, these companies displayed high levels of confidence in the safety of this data. A significant 68 percent of those using private cloud trust that their data and applications are properly protected in the event of a disaster whilst 78 percent of those using public cloud are confident in the data protection SLAs agreed with their provider.

88 percent of respondents suffered application and data loss incidents in the last year. These were due to a wide variety of causes. Nearly two thirds (63 percent) of companies had experienced an IT systems failure (e.g. network, storage, software failure) – the most common cause of data loss. Other recurrent causes included employee or human error (40 percent of companies) and external attacks on IT (36 percent).

Although there was a high frequency of data loss across the UK, few businesses have adequate disaster recovery systems in place. Just over a third (34 percent) reported having full and comprehensive disaster recovery plans to protect their data in the event of such an incident. The primary reason given for this lack of DR planning was inadequate training of IT personnel in risk and DR planning (42 percent). Lack of budget was also a significant factor (40 percent).

Download the ‘Insights: Data Protection and the Cloud 2011’ survey here.

•Date: 15th September 2011 • Region: UK/World •Type: Article • Topic: ICT continuity

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