Poor Enterprise Backups Accentuate Need for Strong Ransomware Protection

Poor Enterprise Backups Accentuate Need for Strong Ransomware Protection

The recent onslaught of ransomware should motivate all organizations to have effective backup procedures. But recent surveys indicate backups aren’t happening like they should, highlighting the importance for businesses to deploy strong ransomware protection.

Backups

Within the last month or so, surveys from multiple vendors who provide data backup services revealed some very sobering statistics. There are a lot of businesses that don’t have effective data backup procedures. A surprising number of them don’t perform backups at all.

Backup statistics

According to a new report by CloudBerry Lab, a provider of cloud backup and disaster recovery solutions, a typical user has a 33 percent chance of losing data. Yet 46 percent of users don’t perform any backups at all. That statistic wouldn’t be too surprising if it included just individual consumers. But CloudBerry’s survey also included businesses. Alexander Negrash, Director of Marketing at CloudBerry said “In spite of a few bright spots, we have to give enterprises an overall grade of C in the area of backup. In our view, the increasing threat landscape will cause that grade to drop, unless organizations begin reconsidering their strategies.”

In cases where organizations are performing regular backups, 32 percent of them are not effective according to another survey by Kroll Ontrack. The Kroll survey showed that of those organizations which experienced data loss and had a backup, only 67 percent said they were able to restore “all or almost all” of their data. Another 13 percent were able to restore up to three-quarters of their data.  Around 12 percent reported that the backup was corrupted and at least part of the data was lost.

A third study by Acronis found that 26 percent of respondents acknowledged that they don’t perform any type of backups at all. “This survey exposed a serious disparity between the value assigned to respondent data and what is actually being done to protect that data,” said John Zanni, CMO of Acronis. This is true for both the consumer market and for businesses.

The reports indicate that in far too many cases, backups are:

  • Not performed at all
  • Incomplete—when backups do occur, they don’t always save all sensitive data
  • Inconsistent—not performed as often as required, and backups don’t include all users or systems
  • Not reliable—performed using broken procedures or equipment

While organizations should make effective backup procedures a very high priority, the reality is that a significant number of organizations don’t have them, and those that do can’t always depend on them.

Malware protection

The prevalence of ransomware, coupled with poor backup procedures puts a large percentage of businesses at risk of serious data loss. The situation is further complicated because many organizations don’t have an effective method to protect themselves from ransomware in the first place.

The bottom line: businesses of all sizes need to reevaluate and test their backup procedures, and deploy effective malware protection technology to protect themselves from ransomware and other advanced malware attacks.

 

Bert Rankin

Bert Rankin

Bert Rankin has been leading technology innovation for over 25 years including over 5 years in security solutions that prevent cybercrime. He is a frequent blogger and is often quoted in security-related articles. Bert earned is BA from Harvard University and an MBA at Stanford University.
Bert Rankin