Nearly 80% of medium and large organizations across North America and Western Europe have had to trigger a disaster recovery response within the last 12 months due to cyberattacks and other disasters, according to new research from Boston-based disaster recovery software provider Zerto.
The research, “The state of Ransomware and Disaster Preparedness: 2022,” suggests that ransomware and other data-related business disruptions have plagued many businesses over the last year.
Specifically, 61% of such incidents were the result of a ransomware attack or other malware, with 60% of organizations reporting that their data was unrecoverable due to the attack. According to Zerto, that’s a sharp increase from the 43% who reported lost data a year ago.
Zerto’s report, in conjunction with research firm IDC, found that organizations surveyed saw an average of 19.3 cyberattacks of all types, and 2.3 ransomware attacks within the last year. However, 93% of organizations said they suffered a data-related business disruption during that time, and more than two-thirds said they had four or more such disruptions.
Of the organizations that reported being attacked in the last year, 83% said at least one attack resulted in the corruption of data, with 60% saying that data was unrecoverable.
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Zerto’s report suggests that the proliferation of apps and the software-as-a-service economy is making the effort to keep data always available more difficult, with more than 80% of new applications being deployed in the cloud or at the edge.
In the report, IDC predicts that 55% of organizations will have adopted a cloud-centric data protection strategy by 2025, and enterprise data protection and disaster recovery will be managed from the cloud.
However, most organizations lack confidence in their current backup and disaster recovery solutions, as less than 30% said they were not fully confident in their ability to recover data from backup or with a disaster recovery tool.
The report suggests the importance of Continuous Data Protection (CDP) and its ability to reduce the potential for data loss and cut down the recovery time. Zerto notes that CDP captures data changes as they are written, reducing recovery time and virtually eliminating the “backup gap.”
“With many new applications being deployed at the core, cloud, and edge, IT organizations are facing ever-increasing complexity in providing data protection and DR,” said Caroline Seymour, vice president of product marketing at Zerto, in a statement. “By using CDP to return to a point just seconds or minutes prior to an attack or any disruption, recoveries can be made quickly and with minimal data loss, especially when combined with recovery orchestration and automation.”