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Decision makers think data is vulnerable in the event of a disaster: Quantum

Decision makers think data is vulnerable in the event of a disaster: Quantum

Survey finds that 90 per cent of organisations feel their data is not safe from disaster

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Ninety per cent of IT decision makers think their data is vulnerable in the event of a disaster, according to data protection and big data management company, Quantum.

The statistics were reflected in its latest study, 2012 IT Manager Survey, which polled 500 IT decisions makers globally.

The rate was a three per cent increase in perceived risk from Quantum’s 2010 survey findings.

“Natural disasters such as this summer’s wildfires have dominated recent discussion around disaster recovery planning for IT, but there are other threats to data security that are even more pressing for IT managers,” Quantum data protection group senior vice-president, Robert Clark, said.

In the last year, 27 per cent of respondents experienced some form of data security incident, of which only 15 per cent were due to natural disasters.

The number of respondents that said their organisation’s data was extremely vulnerable edged up from eight per cent in the 2010 survey to 11 per cent; and the number who stated it was minimally vulnerable or not vulnerable shrank from 51 per cent to 31 per cent.

“We’re seeing a strong, sustained interest in the value of de-duplicated and replicated disk backup and path-to-tape solutions for a best-practices approach to disaster recovery.

“In addition, many customers are now seeking all-in-one solutions that protect both physical and virtual environments. Increasingly, companies are also turning to Cloud software and services for a solution to disaster recovery challenges,” Clark said.

He added that the heightened awareness of the vulnerability of data assets and the consequences of a disaster have made disaster recovery an IT budget priority for the company.

Other findings of the survey include:

  • The most common data security incident was virus attacks, up seven percentage points from 2010.
  • Operating system failure (48 per cent) was the next most common security issue, which saw a 21 percentage point increase from the previous survey.
  • Although 68 per cent of respondents back up data daily or more for disaster recovery purposes, 16 per cent back up weekly or less.
  • Half of all respondents noted that a data restore problem could put service level agreements with customers at risk.

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