In our ongoing quest to understand and address the challenges our customers face, Arcserve recently commissioned an independent global survey of IT decision-makers in large organizations to get their perspectives on current data protection efforts in today’s evolving work environment. A key finding was that 76 percent of U.S.-based respondents aren’t reevaluating and updating disaster recovery plans and ransomware defenses as employees move to a remote work model and the increased use of mobile devices on the data perimeter.
As cyber criminals more frequently focus their attacks on remote workers, it is a business imperative that you regularly assess changes in IT and work environments and bolster your ransomware defenses while updating your disaster recovery (DR) plans accordingly.
The survey also emphasized the lack of awareness of the need for an end-to-end data protection plan. Only 56 percent of respondents said that edge and remote site data protection is critically important for their data recovery solution. With cyber criminals continually looking for different ways to infiltrate your business, it is essential that you have a data backup and DR strategy that ensures every part of your organization remains operational, even after a ransomware attack.
Another data point in the survey that stood out is that 56 percent of U.S.-based respondents found it difficult to ensure data compliance with country-restricted data (Canada and the EU, for example) when using cloud providers. As cloud computing adoption grows and country privacy and ownership laws become more restrictive and complex, your organization—and all global organizations—may struggle to manage your data across borders.
"Our survey has unearthed significant data vulnerability gaps in large organizations' view and approach to data protection as they standardize on a hybrid workforce strategy,” said Florian Malecki, executive vice president of marketing at Arcserve. “Ransomware attacks continue to disrupt business operations significantly, and this issue is not going away anytime soon. It is critical that businesses continuously review and update their disaster recovery plans and incorporate data backup and recovery solutions and immutable storage as the foundation of their data resilience plan."
The survey respondents included IT executives in large organizations in North America, the UK, and Australia with budget or technical decision-making responsibility for data management, data protection, and storage solutions at a company with 500 to 5,000 employees and at least 100 TB of data.
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