Acronis presented the results of its annual Cyber Protection Week survey, which it traditionally presents on the occasion of World Backup Day. This year’s report highlights the increasing number of personal or work data losses, but also the growing popularity of cloud backup.
Nearly three-quarters of IT users have already had to restore their data from backup at some point, and more than half will have irretrievably lost their data by 2021, whether due to human error, system failure, device loss or malware attack. Concerns about cyberattacks among ordinary users increased last year, but their backup habits have not changed much. For example, only one in ten users back up daily, while a full 34% back up only once a month and 41% back up irregularly or not at all.
Acronis’ findings, which come from surveying more than 6,200 IT users and IT managers in 22 countries around the world, also describe users’ gaps in IT security. 43%, for example, do not update their systems until a week after release. Nearly half are unsure whether their security tools will protect them from current threats. Although they are rightly concerned about phishing and ransomware attacks, they do not pay enough attention to other threats such as DDoS or cryptojacking.
Highlights from the survey include:
The full survey can be downloaded here.