As cyber threats and the risk of ransomware continue to grow at an alarming rate, and amidst global unrest and conflict IT leaders are quickly realizing that the best approach to keeping their business-critical data safe goes beyond basic data security. While traditional approaches emphasize a company’s ability to protect against threats, a new comprehensive approach, deemed data resilience, refers to both an organization’s ability to “bounce back” by not only preventing threats to their data, but also recover clean data quickly following a breach. No matter the cause, a resilient organization should be able to effectively minimize disruption by leveraging a flexible, scalable SaaS solution for unified backup and recovery.
Analyst firm International Data Corporation (IDC) recently evaluated the benefits of a strong data resilience strategy to address today’s challenges and risks. Explore the insights of the analyst brief below.
Understanding data resilience: Benefits, trends, and more…
Data resilience in the context of digital resilience
IDC defines digital resilience as a business’s ability to successfully operate following an outage or breach. As such, data resilience is the main component of digital resilience and includes disaster recovery and cyber recovery with support from data protection and data security. All functions must be interoperable and each has an essential role to play in keeping a business online and resistant to threats like ransomware.
In a December 2021 survey, IDC found fewer than one-third of organizations that fell victim to ransomware were able to fully recover without paying the ransom. This is why many organizations are seeking solutions that assure data survival with rapid recovery in the event of an attack.
Benefits of data resilience
A major challenge to data resilience is data sprawl and silos. Having disparate, difficult-to-manage data increases the risk of loss due to gaps in protection. These silos often require separate data protection products, leading to redundant purchases, inefficient operations, inconsistencies in compliance, and costly maintenance.
Consolidating data protection solutions and operations across the enterprise simplifies protection and improves data resilience. A strong, unified resilience platform reduces the risks of data loss and improves recovery times, as well as increases management efficiencies and cost savings for IT departments.
IDC predicts that by 2025, 55% of organizations will have migrated their data protection systems to a cloud-based model to simplify management and protection. Leveraging the elasticity and efficiency of the cloud enhances data resilience by unifying data protection, providing customers with unlimited resources, and enabling additional layers of protection, including “air-gapped” capabilities.
IDC recommends that organizations determine parameters for assessing their resilience and recovery capabilities. Two key indicators of a strong response are recovery point objective (RPO) and recovery time objective (RTO). Visit Druva’s RPO and RTO pages for an in-depth look at how to calculate each for your team’s specific needs.
In 70% of cases, IDC found that new digital transformation projects involved shifting an organization’s key infrastructure to the cloud. Further, nearly half of these projects included making improvements to data resilience. To do that, most organizations begin with enhancements to data protection and emphasize improving and accelerating recovery practices.
Key takeaways and next steps
IDC’s findings reflect a new reality — companies need to move past simple data protection to reach true resiliency, and leveraging the cloud is the best path to prepare for unexpected, yet inevitable cyber threats.
Druva is leading the way — providing the industry’s first and only Data Resiliency Cloud to negate the effects of user errors, application corruption, system failure, or external attacks. Druva’s 100% SaaS platform is effective, efficient, and easy to manage, delivering customers peace of mind with truly immutable backups, automatic compliance monitoring, and feature updates to keep applications on the cutting-edge of data protection — all while reducing TCO up to 50 percent!
Read the full IDC report to get the details on today’s data resilience best practices.