Intelligent CISO Issue 55 - Page 22

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DATA PROTECTION EMERGENCY : 79 % OF IT LEADERS SEE A WORRYING ‘ PROTECTION GAP ’ BETWEEN TOLERABLE DATA LOSS AND HOW IT IS PROTECTING THEIR DATA

eeam Software , a

V leader in backup , recovery and data management solutions that deliver modern data protection , has revealed that UK and Irish businesses are headed for a data protection emergency .

Nearly eight in 10 ( 79 %) of UKI IT decision-makers and professionals 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 % of respondents admitted falling prey to at least one ransomware attack in the past year , with 65 % now using cloud services as part of their data protection strategy to increase resiliency . A fifth ( 20 %) of IT leaders polled say they will change backup solutions for cost reasons , while 23 % are looking to improve results .
Attackers increasingly targeting backup repositories
Despite this , businesses are losing the battle when it comes to defending against ransomware attacks . EMEA data from the Veeam Ransomware Trends Report 2022 shows that 88 % of ransomware attacks attempted to infect backup repositories to disable victims ’ abilities to recover without paying the ransom , 75 % of those attempts being successful . Furthermore , one-in-three organisations say that most or all of their backup repositories have been impacted as part of a ransomware attack .
While companies report that 47 % of data centre servers , 50 % of remote offices and 44 % of cloud instances are impacted in an attack , paying the ransom is not a recovery strategy . Nearly one-in-three ( 29 %) of organisations who paid the ransom still could not recover their data . However , 22 % of organisations could recover without paying any ransom due to having sufficient data protection .
Technologies for survival
A large number ( 84 %) of organisations rely on backup logs or media readability to assure recoverability , meaning only
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