Study Shows Remote Work Could Create Data Vulnerability Gap

Remote work data vulnerability
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In its annual independent global research study, Arcserve, a renowned provider of backup, recovery, and immutable storage solutions for unified data resilience against ransomware and disasters, released findings that showed businesses are neglecting remote working in their data backup and recovery plans. According to the survey, many firms struggle to maintain operational compliance and business continuity when dealing with scattered technologies and fragmented data.

Research Findings

When asked if they have a backup and recovery solution in place for remote employees, participants in the research study on the experiences and attitudes of IT decision makers (ITDMs) responded:

  • For all remote workers, one-third have backup and recovery solutions in place.
  • For any of their remote workers, 23% of respondents claimed they had no backup and recovery plan in place.
  • Plans were in place for some employees, but not all, in 39%.
  • 3% of respondents claimed they had no remote workers.

There was a significant disparity in the weight given to those businesses who do remote backups:

  • 46% of respondents think that supporting on-site workers is the same regardless.
  • 39% of businesses claimed to have improved processes in place for their on-site staff.
  • Only 15% of respondents claimed to have superior backup procedures for remote workers.

The research also examined if the prevalence of hybrid work arrangements and multi-cloud operations had raised the bar for managing and safeguarding data:

  • According to 82% of ITDMs, hybrid and multi-cloud solutions make data flow more complex and vulnerable.
  • 87% of respondents claim that changes in compliance and data privacy have affected them. Cost increases will have the most impact.

“Ransomware attacks have sky-rocketed in organizations with employees in less-secure home-office environments and much more data in the cloud. We encourage companies to implement the 3-2-1-1 backup and recovery strategy, including immutable storage solutions, so data remains intact and easily recoverable. By implementing Arcserve’s Unified Data Resilience solutions, businesses can quickly recover from a data-destructive event and flourish in the new world of work, with all the challenges and possibilities it holds.”Florian Malecki, Executive Vice President of Marketing, Arcserve

1121 decision-makers in IT responded to the study. All participants worked for a firm with between 100 and 2,500 workers and at least 5 TB of data, and they all had budget or technical decision-making responsibilities for data management, data protection, and storage solutions. Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, France, Germany, India, Japan, Korea, the United Kingdom, the United States, and Canada were among the countries where the survey was carried out.

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