Databarracks reveals over 50% of organisations to be ‘very confident’ in IT back-up capabilities

Brand new research conducted by business continuity and disaster recovery firm Databarracks has revealed that organisational confidence in IT back-up capabilities has risen dramatically over the past decade. Over 50% of organisations feel ‘very confident’ in the state of their back-up solutions, which is up from 33% in 2008.

First released ten years ago, the Data Health Check surveys over 400 IT decision-makers on a range of topics relating to IT practices within their business. Notable highlights from this year’s survey include:

*Confidence in back-up solutions has risen significantly since 2008. An 18 percentage point increase means 51% of participants are now very confident in their back-up capabilities

*This increased confidence is set against a backdrop of growing data volumes, with 29% of organisations (up from 12% in 2008) handling over 100 TBs of data

*In 2008, 47% of organisations had not encrypted their backup data. This fell to 33% in 2018

*The average frequency of restores has stayed fairly consistent over the years. Additionally, restore testing has decreased with those ‘not testing’ dropping from 20% in 2008 to 15% in 2018

Commenting on these findings, Peter Groucutt, managing director of Databarracks, stated: “Considering macro trends in IT over the past ten years – with the explosion of data, ever-increasing cyber threats, the emergence of cloud and with it the shift to greater mobile and remote working – it’s easy to see where strains are being placed on an organisation’s back-up capabilities and why confidence might be shaken. Our findings show this is not the case, which is encouraging to see. More and more firms have a business continuity and disaster recovery plan in place and, importantly, plans are being reviewed and regularly tested, which will breed confidence.”

Other areas to be addressed

Groucutt went on to highlight other areas for organisations to address. “Despite more businesses encrypting back-up data, a third of organisations not doing this is too high. Whether you’re backing up data to physical media like tape or disk, or whether you’re transferring data offsite over the Internet, the possibilities for it being intercepted are very real with serious ramifications for those at fault.”

He added: “Considering matters from the perspective of the new General Data Protection Regulation, while not mandating the use of encryption in the regulation itself, it does require an organisation to demonstrate its approach to compliance. If an organisation chooses not to encrypt, then a business would need to demonstrate what alternative methods it uses to safeguard data or otherwise face severe penalties.”

In conversation with Risk Xtra, Groucutt concluded: “We hope the next 12 months sees confidence continue to rise in back-up solutions. More regular testing of restores as well as greater numbers of businesses adopting encryption into their back-up strategies will certainly improve this.”

*Further findings from the 2018 edition of the Data Health Check are available at:

About the Author
Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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