Remote working creating data vulnerability gap – survey

Businesses are overlooking remote working in their data backup and recovery plans, leading to a failure to ensure operational compliance and business continuity when faced with fragmented data and dispersed technology, according to a survey of IT decision makers by backup and storage provider Arcserve.

Participants were asked whether they had a backup and recovery solution in place for remote workers. Although a third said that they did, 23% said they had no such solution in place for any of their remote workers. 39% had plans in place for some workers but not all. Only 3% said they had no remote employees at all.

For those companies that do a remote backup, there was a considerable variance in the level of importance placed on them. 46% believe that there is no difference in backing up on-site employees, while 39% of companies said they had better systems in place for on-site employees. Only 15% said they had better backup systems for remote employees.

Florian Malecki, executive vice president of marketing at Arcserve, said: “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.”

The survey comprised over 1,100 IT decision-makers with budget or technical responsibility for data management, data protection, and storage solutions at a company with 100-2,500 employees and at least 5 TB of data. Participants were from across a number of countries including Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, France, Germany, India, Japan, Korea, UK, US, and Canada.

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