The global survey discovered that 70% of companies in India now run as many as 10 solutions simultaneously for their data protection and cybersecurity needs, while the remaining 30% run more than 10 solutions – yet 57% of all those organizations suffered unexpected downtime last year because of data loss.
Liking this story?
Get one mail covering top tech news of the day in under 5 minutes!
The study is from the Singapore based firms annual survey based on responses from 4,400 IT users and professionals in 22 countries including India. “This year’s Cyber Protection Week survey clearly illustrates that more solutions do not deliver greater protection, as using separate tools to address individual types of exposure is complicated, inefficient, and costly,” said Rustom Hiramaneck, General Manager – South Asia at Acronis. It found that investing in more solutions does not deliver more protection, and in many cases, trying to manage protection across multiple solutions results in greater complexity.
There is also a gap in awareness among users and IT professionals in India, which results in other challenges. 35% of IT users and 11% of IT professionals in India (63% and 16% for global) would not know if their data had been modified without their knowledge because their solution makes determining that kind of tampering difficult. 10% of IT users in India don’t know if their anti-malware stops zero-day threats (43% for global), because their solution doesn’t make that information easily available – but 58% claim to have it. Having easy access to such cybersecurity insights is critical to ensuring data is protected.
Further, 20% of IT pros in India (13% for global) don’t know if their organization is subject to data privacy regulations. If those responsible for ensuring data privacy don’t know they are culpable, they cannot implement strategies or evaluate the solutions needed to address the requirements. That ignorance puts the business at tremendous risk of major fines for potential compliance violations in 2021.
Even while 98% users spent more time on their devices as compared to last year, 35% admit to not updating their devices until at least a week after being notified of a patch, or even longer (41% for global). 40% say they back up their data daily, but 90% have irretrievably lost data at least once, suggesting that they don’t know how to back up or recover properly.