The rapidly growing number of data losses due to ransomware attacks “underlines the need for effective disaster recovery measures” […]
According to the study by Zerto and IDC, 79 percent of respondents said they had to perform disaster recovery (DR) in the last 12 months. Nearly two-thirds (61 percent) of these incidents were due to ransomware or other malware. 60 Percent of companies reported that they were unable to recover data during this period – significantly more than the 43 percent who answered the same question a year ago.
The State of Ransomware and Disaster Preparedness 2022 study commissioned by Zerto was conducted by IDC in North America and Western Europe among medium to large companies. Participants recorded an average of 19.3 attacks of all types and 2.3 ransomware attacks last year. 93 Percent of companies have experienced at least one data-related disruption to their business operations in the past 12 months. 67.8 Percent of the respondents experienced four or more such disorders.
Increased likelihood of data loss
Given the large number of attacks, the probability of data loss has greatly increased. 83 Percent of the affected participants stated that at least one attack caused data to be lost. It is particularly alarming that 59.6 percent of respondents had to accept unrecoverable data losses in the past 12 months.
The growing number of applications and the resulting amount of data make it increasingly difficult to keep data always available. The study also shows that more than 80 percent of new applications are deployed in the cloud or decentralized, with most cloud applications being either SaaS or cloud-native container configurations. As a result of this cloud shift, IDC predicts that 55 percent of companies worldwide will implement a cloud-based data security strategy by 2025. Although the data will continue to be protected in the core, cloud and edge areas, IDC expects that companies will manage data backup and data recovery in the cloud.
The survey also reveals that most companies do not trust their existing backup and DR solutions. Only 28 percent of respondents rely one hundred percent on the fact that their backup system can restore data. 29 Percent trust that their DR solution can recover data. However, these figures are still higher than in the survey from the previous year.
Continuous Data Protection
To address these challenges, the report points to the role of Continuous Data Protection (CDP) and the ability to “significantly reduce the potential for data loss, regardless of the causes, while reducing the time to recovery and simplifying it.” CDP detects data changes immediately when writing, it goes on to say, so that the effective RPO would be reduced to seconds and the “backup gap” as the cause of data loss would be virtually eliminated.
“These ransomware and malware attack statistics are terrifying. The probability of becoming a victim of ransomware is no longer a question of “if” or “when”, but rather “how often”, comments Phil Goodwin, vice president of the research group for infrastructure systems, platforms and technologies at IDC. “Bringing data security as well as backup and DR up to date is therefore a top priority for many IT companies. CDP provides exactly the features needed for shorter recovery times. We expect CDP to play a key role in this, because companies are increasingly working with framework contracts that require no downtime and no data loss.
“With the introduction of numerous new applications in the core, cloud and edge areas, the complexity for IT organizations in providing data security and disaster recovery is increasing,” says Caroline Seymour, VP of Product Marketing at Zerto. “With CDP, it is possible to go back to a point that was only a few seconds or minutes before an attack or a disturbance. In this way, recoveries can be carried out quickly and with minimal data loss, especially in connection with the orchestration and automation of the recovery.“