Cybersecurity: in Italy almost one third of SMEs at risk of "down" due to the total absence of backups

According to the results of an Aruba-Bva Doxa survey, 71% are not interested in introducing solutions even in the long term. Risk awareness is very low: most of the sample believes they have little data to safeguard by diminishing the value of the same and is unable to estimate the possible damage resulting from an attack 30 Mar 2022 Veronica Balocco

27% of Italian small and medium-sized enterprises do not have a backup, as this rises to 43% among small enterprises alone. This is what emerges from the Bva Doxa survey on the subject of data retention and security in Italian SMEs, commissioned by Aruba on the occasion of the World Backup Day. To shed light on these aspects, Aruba commissioned Bva Doxa to conduct a survey to investigate the perception of risk and the effective adoption of backup and cloud backup solutions, involving the IT infrastructure and security managers of 300 small and medium-sized companies. companies, in the service and tertiary sectors, commerce, public establishments, health and education, production and sales, transport and construction. Index of topics • Cloud backup: small companies the most virtuous • Among those who do not have backup systems, 71% do not intend to intervene • Traditional solutions incompatible with new challenges Cloud backup: small companies the most virtuous 73% of companies surveyed said they have a backup solution, which drops to 57% when it comes to small businesses and rises to a more encouraging 87% when dealing with midsize businesses. Among those who use backup solutions in the company, 62% of respondents have had them for over 5 years but it is only 3% who have equipped them in the course of 2021, a symptom that the acceleration of the digital transformation recorded over the last two years does not has resulted in a parallel increase in attention to data retention and its own digital security.

In detail, 57% of the companies interviewed have a backup in the cloud, i.e. the solution whereby files are encrypted and synchronized in real time on the servers of the data center that hosts the service, making the backup fully secure. With regard to cloud backup, small businesses are surprisingly more virtuous: 60% are equipped with it compared to 54% of medium-sized companies. Among those who do not have backup systems, 71% do not intend to intervene A surprising figure is linked to the intention to equip their company with a backup system in the future, among those who do not have one: 71% are not interested in introducing one even in the long term. The reasons for this low propensity mainly lie in the belief that there is little data to safeguard or in not processing sensitive data, thus demonstrating a poor perception of the potential danger. Yet, 7 out of 100 companies have experienced data loss and for 34% of these the triggering cause is due to an ineffective or inadequate backup system. On average, companies affected by a data loss have suffered a downtime of almost 2 days and 43% of these would not know how to economically quantify the damage caused by the accident. Half of the interviewees, on the other hand, clearly state that the loss of data has caused a slowdown in the workplace (52%) and economic consequences, although not easily quantifiable (43%). Traditional solutions incompatible with the new challenges "Providing a data governance strategy is now more than ever a priority - comments Lorenzo Giuntini, Cto of Aruba - The most recent trends testify how the cloud and in general the new technologies of the era of orchestration and agile development the more traditional backup systems are in crisis. New needs arise in a few hours as well as new data to be safeguarded. Thinking about the procurement and use mechanisms of traditional backup platforms is in all respects incompatible with the new business challenges and with the speed with which IT is able to create value, value that must be reliable, always available and resilient. To date, only cloud backup systems are able to respond to such a challenge, guaranteeing ultra-fast procurement times, ease of use and the ability to reduce or increase resources in real time ".