Feeds

Australian companies don’t trust their backups

Who would have thought?

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

3 Big data security analytics techniques

Australian businesses – particularly SMBs – have little confidence in their disaster recovery strategies, according to research detailed to the media yesterday by Acronis.

It is not clear if this is because most SMB backup and DR strategies are managed by the owner of the business, usually not a technologist, or because experience has taught businesses that backups can fail.

However, the 3,000-plus respondents to the international study, conducted for Acronis by the Ponemon Institute, clearly show a lack of confidence by Australians in DR, compared to their international counterparts.

The study found that just 22 per cent of Australian businesses were confident in their backup/DR strategies. The rest were concerned that they might suffer a failure in the event of a serious incident or event. Globally, the average was 50 per cent.

Considering the recent catastrophic floods in Queensland, northern NSW and Victoria, respondents’ concerns probably weren’t misplaced. It could be argued that Australian respondents were merely more realistic than those in countries such as Germany, who believe their systems and data would survive disaster.

According to ANZ country manager Simon Howe, it’s perhaps more concerning that 36 per cent of respondents have no offsite backup capability.

Asked by El Reg whether the lack of confidence also related to the abysmal quality of the backup software most SMBs are familiar with – for example, utilities that ship bundled with external drives, and have the build quality of an East German car – Howe agreed that “vendors should deliver more effective solutions”.

He said that “most SMB backup software started life as an enterprise product, which the vendor then stripped features out of.” ®

3 Big data security analytics techniques

More from The Register

next story
Dropbox defends fantastically badly timed Condoleezza Rice appointment
'Nothing is going to change with Dr. Rice's appointment,' file sharer promises
Audio fans, prepare yourself for the Second Coming ... of Blu-ray
High Fidelity Pure Audio – is this what your ears have been waiting for?
MtGox chief Karpelès refuses to come to US for g-men's grilling
Bitcoin baron says he needs another lawyer for FinCEN chat
Record labels sue Pandora over vintage song royalties
Companies want payout on recordings made before 1972
Zucker punched: Google gobbles Facebook-wooed Titan Aerospace
Up, up and away in my beautiful balloon flying broadband-bot
Apple DOMINATES the Valley, rakes in more profit than Google, HP, Intel, Cisco COMBINED
Cook & Co. also pay more taxes than those four worthies PLUS eBay and Oracle
Number crunching suggests Yahoo! US is worth less than nothing
China and Japan holdings worth more than entire company
prev story

Whitepapers

Securing web applications made simple and scalable
In this whitepaper learn how automated security testing can provide a simple and scalable way to protect your web applications.
3 Big data security analytics techniques
Applying these Big Data security analytics techniques can help you make your business safer by detecting attacks early, before significant damage is done.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Top three mobile application threats
Learn about three of the top mobile application security threats facing businesses today and recommendations on how to mitigate the risk.
Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction
Based on their experience using HP ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager for IT security operations, Finansbank moved to HP ArcSight ESM for fraud management.