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Zetta 2016 SMB Recovery Readiness Study Reveals How Vulnerable Small Businesses are to Downtime Due to Disaster or System Failure
SUNNYVALE, Calif. – Small and mid-sized businesses report that they are increasingly focused on disaster recovery (DR) readiness, with as many as 84% of SMBs noting that several days of IT downtime would result in moderate to catastrophic costs and loss. To make sure that they are covered in the event of a disaster, more than half (53%) rely on more than one DR method to “hedge their bets” to ensure recoverability. These results are according to a new study by Zetta, a leading provider of high-performance cloud backup and disaster recovery solutions.
Cloud DR Adoption is Rapidly Growing
The findings demonstrate trends in the growing use of cloud-based recovery and business continuity solutions. In fact, more than one in three (37%) are using the cloud as part of their DR solution today, up from 26% last year. In addition, as many as 10% use only cloud-based solutions for DR, up from just 4% last year. And of those planning to add a new DR method in the next 12 months, more than half (57%) plan to add a cloud-based solution.
“The cloud is transforming disaster recovery and business continuity strategies like never before,” said Mike Grossman, CEO, Zetta. “New technology that dramatically increases the speed of recovery, while keeping costs low and reliability high, is making the cloud a very attractive option for SMBs that need to assure disaster recoverability in the same ways as their large competitors.”
Still DR Preparedness Lags
Even while SMBs recognize the vital nature of their DR and business continuity strategy, they fail to monitor and ensure security of their DR solutions. One-third (33%) of the IT professionals surveyed reported that they rarely test their DR plan, while an astounding 62% only test their DR plan once a year or less. Even more surprising, as many as 13% of IT professionals admit that their organization doesn’t have a technical disaster recovery strategy and another 14% report that they don’t have offsite DR protection making them vulnerable to an onsite disaster.
Cost and Speed of Recovery are Most Important
When asked about the top three most important factors of a DR solution, cost was named 65% of the time. Cost was followed closely by speed of recovery (61%), reliability (60%) and simplicity (60%). Usability (54%) was identified more as a “nice to have,” but not a top priority.
Other highlights the study found include:
- Organizations use a varying mix of DR strategies. This includes:
- On-premise and physical offsite (26%)
- Physical offsite only (23%)
- On-premise only (14%)
- On premise, physical backup and cloud (14%)
- Cloud only (10%)
- On-premise and cloud (9%)
- Physical offsite and cloud (4%)
- Virtual infrastructure dominates today’s environments. When asked the amount of servers organizations have that are virtualized:
- 46% have a mostly virtualized environment with a few remaining physical servers
- 20% have an evenly split physical and virtual environment
- 16% have a few virtual servers, but the majority of their environment is physical
- 12% reported that all servers are physical
- 6% are all virtual
“SMBs have made increasing investments into their virtual infrastructure to save on costs and resources, yet DR strategies to protect those virtualized workloads are still falling behind in comparison,” added Grossman. “The cloud is delivering impressive new options for these organizations with a strong combination of reliability, recovery speed and attractive pricing. As a result, organizations are able to efficiently assure disaster preparedness to avoid the increasing fear of a catastrophic loss.”
About the Zetta 2016 SMB Recovery Readiness Study
For the Zetta 2016 SMB Recovery Readiness Study, Zetta surveyed more than 300 IT professionals about their disaster recovery solution and IT environment. The survey was conducted online and included organizations in over 15 industries, ranging in size from less than 50 to more than 1,000 employees.
Zetta is an award-winning provider of high-performance cloud backup and disaster recovery solutions that are a worry-free choice for businesses and managed service providers. The Company’s direct-to-cloud approach provides businesses a fast and reliable way to protect, access and quickly recover their business-critical data and systems—both physical and virtual – without the need for costly extra hardware. For more information, visit www.zetta.com.
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CHICAGO – CNA is kicking off spring with its PrepWise Hail & Flood campaign to help its customers prepare their businesses for potential property exposures that arise during months when flooding is more common.
"According to the National Weather Service, each year, more deaths occur due to flooding than from any other severe weather-related hazard," said Bill Boyd, Senior Vice President, Risk Control, CNA. "That's why preparing for such incidents can help safeguard physical assets, as well as reduce the probability of a serious interruption to business operations."
With proper preparation, businesses can mitigate their flood risks from spring showers, swelling rivers and any melting snow. Flooding is commonly defined as the rise and overflow of a body of water that covers the land not usually under water.
To help its customers, CNA Risk Control has identified these five simple tips for flood prevention:
- Tip 1: Create a flood preparation plan.
- Tip 2: Keep water out with barriers, sandbags and other devices.
- Tip 3: Relocate materials from lower levels. In some cases, this may simply mean placing stored items on one or two pallets, or moving items from lower shelves or racks to upper levels.
- Tip 4: Review shut-down procedures for affected processes, especially hazardous processes.
- Tip 5: Check to make sure drainage, including roof drains, are open and flowing freely.
For more information about PrepWise, please contact Brandon Davis at 312-822-5167. CNA will also provide a series of actionable tips on its social media channels. Additional information and emergency preparedness resources can be found at www.cna.com/prepwise.
PrepWise is the company's preparedness campaign designed to help customers think ahead and prepare their business for critical exposures all year round. PrepWise is divided into six themes: Winter Prep, Hail & Flood, Hurricane, Heat & Wildfire, Cyber Security and National Preparedness.
Serving businesses and professionals since 1897, CNA is the country's eighth largest commercial insurance writer and the 14th largest property and casualty company. CNA's insurance products include standard commercial lines, specialty lines, surety, marine, and other property and casualty coverages. CNA's services include risk management, information services, underwriting, risk control and claims administration. For more information, please visit CNA at www.cna.com. "CNA" is a service mark registered by CNA Financial Corporation with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Certain CNA Financial Corporation subsidiaries use the "CNA" service mark in connection with insurance underwriting and claims activities.
Last month I presented at “Cyber Security Exchange Day,” hosted by the folks at Bryant University and OSHEAN. It was a great event, filled with lots of discussion about what’s happening in the world of cyber security and how the threat landscape is evolving and impacting all forms of IT.
Although the cloud is being more widely adopted, cloud security remains a top concern among enterprise IT professionals. In recent years, news headlines have been filled with enough stories about compromised data security to drive executives away from networked and cloud solutions and back to the proverbial days of stuffing cash in a mattress.
However, while these high-profile news stories drive much of the narrative around data security, the reality is that the vast majority of network security attacks are far more basic in nature. It’s important for organizations to recognize that threats to a computing environment are always present, and that they need to take a more practical approach to manage against real--not simply perceived--threats.
Businesses competing on data must be masters of change. To keep pace with constantly shifting business models, markets, and customer expectations, companies must become more agile, which includes empowering employees with insights that are available at their fingertips.
Self-service analytics is one of the tactics separating industry leaders from laggards.
In today's world, "self-service" is no longer synonymous with passively consuming static reports pre-packaged by IT. It's more about building one's own reports, exploring data, and interacting with it.
Last week, I wrote about Jessica Kriegel, senior organization development consultant at Oracle, who argues that generational stereotypes, like the widespread notions we’ve all read about millennials as entitled, tech-savvy, structure-averse job-hoppers, are harmful to workplace fairness and productivity. In my interview with Kriegel, I also drilled down on the issue of stereotyping as it pertains to IT professionals, which warrants further discussion here.
I found Kriegel, a millennial herself, to be persuasive in her argument, which she makes in her new book, “Unfairly Labeled: How Your Workplace Can Benefit from Ditching Generational Stereotypes.” I also found her to be refreshingly candid. She didn’t miss a beat, for example, in responding to my question about what sorts of generational stereotyping she has found to be most common within Oracle:
I can only speak to the groups that I have worked with. I was brought in to work with the product development team. The managers were basically saying that millennials could not easily transition from college to corporate. They felt like millennials were bringing the college campus style to the corporate atmosphere. So I was brought in to resolve that issue—to teach the millennials how to be more professional, more corporate, and less casual and college-like. That manifested itself in many ways. Some of it had to do with dress code; some of it had to do with productivity; some of it had to do with expectations with regard to work/life balance.
Almost nine in 10 (87 percent) organizations have faced a disruptive incident involving third parties in the last three years, according to a survey from Deloitte. Such incidents can include loss of data by a third party, or failure to deliver a service or product on time. The Deloitte survey also highlights the increasing frequency and impact of these disruptions, illustrating the significant need for organizations to invest in better governance and risk management related to third parties.
Of the organizations surveyed, nearly all (94.3 percent) felt low to moderate levels of confidence in the tools and technology currently used to manage their third party risk, with similar sentiment expressed in supporting risk management processes (88.6 percent). At the same time, 73.9 percent of respondents believe that third parties will play a highly important, or even critical, role in the year ahead. This is up from 60.3 percent a year or more earlier.
Kristian Park, partner and global head of third party governance and risk management at Deloitte, states: “With reliance on third parties set to grow, now is the time to address the ‘execution gap’ between risk and readiness. The impact of third party incidents ranges from reputational damage, regulatory and data breaches, through to actual lost revenue and future business. Increasing frequency of third party incidents, some high profile, has driven a shift in motivation of organizations to improve their risk management. Third parties are increasingly seen as a route to gaining competitive advantage. They are often viewed as trusted advisors who bring in specialised skills or knowledge. It is therefore also important to recognise the opportunity that third parties create for organizations.”
The 2016 global survey on third party governance and risk management is based on the responses of over 170 senior members of management from a variety of organizations, the majority of which had annual revenues in excess of US$1 billion.
A new survey conducted by Continuity Software shows that private cloud environments are not as resilient as traditional data centers / centres. Close to half of the companies (45 percent) that have migrated portions of their mission critical systems to the private cloud environment fail to meet their availability goals , compared to 30 percent of the companies that have not migrated to the cloud.
The survey also shows that the primary challenge in ensuring IT resiliency is keeping up with new technologies and vendor best practices, creating a knowledge gap that IT teams are struggling to close. The gap is particularly evident for companies that are in the process of transitioning to the cloud, with two-thirds of these companies reporting the knowledge gap and proactive identification of risks as their primary challenges.
"While the transition of mission critical systems to the cloud has been underway for several years, IT organizations have a steep learning curve to go through," said Doron Pinhas, CTO, Continuity Software. "The level of organizational competency and the maturity of the tools for managing private cloud environments are still far from where they need to be to ensure enterprise-grade resiliency.”