One out of every three organizations experienced cyberattack during the last year

The finding comes from research by Dell Technologies among IT staff in 15 different countries. The majority of those surveyed are concerned that their organizations are more exposed to losing data following the spike in work from home 

One out of every three organizations experienced cyberattack during the last year

Itay Mesholam, field CTO of EMEA services, Dell Technologies. Photo: People Photography 

Computing giant Dell Technologies has released its 2021 Global Data Protection Index, in which it examines the situation of various organizations from various industries in terms of data protection and the concerns of IT staff responsible for defense of the company. 

The report is based on research conducted by Dell among 1,000 employees of technology companies with more than 250 employees from 15 different countries, including ones in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia, such as China and Japan. Those surveyed are employed at a vide variety of organizations from public and private industries.  

The results of the research show that organizations today manage 10 times more data than they did five years ago (14.6 petabytes in 2021 compared to 1.45 petabytes in 2016), and that they are dealing with many more challenges to protect their data, due to the constant threat of ransomware as well as the use of advanced technologies such as cloud applications and artificial intelligence. This causes concern among IT staff that are always thinking about how to deal with the dangers.  

Among those surveyed, 82% are worried that their existing solutions will not meet the future business challenges; 62% are concerned that their present solutions will not be enough to deal with cyber threats; and 74% think that their organizations are more exposed to loss of data following the rise in the number of people working from home. In addition, 30% of the organizations experienced a loss of data, and 45% experienced unplanned system downtime during the last year. It was also found that more than two-thirds (67%) of the organizations lack confidence that all of their business-critical data can be recovered in the event of a destructive cyberattack, such as a ransomware attack, or data loss.  

And they have reason to be concerned, as according to the research, over the last 12 months more than a third of the organizations worldwide experienced a cyberattack that blocked access to their systems or data. In addition, during the last 12 months, organizations that use multiple data protection vendors lost four times more data on average than organizations that rely on solutions from a single vendor.  

To address the growing need of organizations for effective and secure solutions to protect their data, Dell Technologies is introducing new software and services that accelerate virtual machine (VM) backup data availability, simplify management of large data sets, and maintain business continuity while easing dependency on day-to-day cyber recovery operations.

Itay Mesholam, field CTO of EMEA services for Dell Technologies, said "Cyber threats are becoming more and more sophisticated, and it is not a question of 'if' a cyberattack will occur at an organization, but rather a question of 'when' the organization will deal with this kind of attack. The recent attacks that we have witnessed cost companies large amounts of income, damaged the reputation of the businesses, and made consumers and the public lose trust."    

"According to global assessments for the year 2021, there is a cyberattack against an organization every 11 seconds, and the economic influence of cyberattacks worldwide is estimated to be about $6 trillion. As far as cybersecurity is concerned, the recommendation is not to gamble, and to be ready for every scenario and for every future attack." 

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