Most Organizations Don’t Follow Best Backup Practices

In a survey of 400 veteran IT security practitioners, across a wide variety of industries such as healthcare, tech, education and finance, focused on data resilience, 93 percent said they have a ransomware readiness plan, but there are significant knowledge gaps.

26 percent said the cloud is too risky for backup, but only a third back up to both the cloud and encrypted hardware storage.

82 percent want their organizations to require encrypted hardware USB devices but only a third actually do that.

Only 20 percent backup in real-time and even less than that use the 3-2-1 backup strategy, long-established as best practice.

What is the 3-2-1 strategy?

  • Three copies of backups
  • Copies on two different devices
  • One copy offline

Data loss can come from a variety of events, from natural disasters to hacking. Remote work makes the risk greater.

If an organization – or an individual – follows best practices for backup, they stand the best chance, the least expensive chance and the least disruptive chance of recovering from an event.

While 90 percent of the respondents agree that hybrid and remote work are here to stay, some are not circling back to figure out how the new work world impacts their disaster recovery strategy.

Of those that are going back to review their backup strategy, only half of them are addressing integration and enforcement of new technologies.

Only a third have mandatory encrypted USB storage in place (have you ever lost a flash drive?).

25 percent said that hybrid work policies put in place are not being strictly followed, even though 82 percent are continually reinforcing those policies.

60 percent do not backup their data or devices before starting remote work.

If you need help with your backup plan or want an extra set of eyes to look at your plan, please contact us.

Credit: Help Net Security

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