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Data loss up 400%, businesses remain unprepared

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EMC Corporation has announced the findings of a new global data protection study that reveals that data loss and downtime cost enterprises $1.7 trillion globally and $16.8 billion in Canada in the last twelve months. Data loss is up by 400% since 2012 while, surprisingly, just over half of Canadian organizations are still not fully confident in their ability to recover after a disruption.

EMC Global Data Protection Index, conducted by Vanson Bourne, surveyed 3,300 IT decision makers from mid-size to enterprise-class businesses across 24 countries.

Impact of Data Loss and Downtime
The good news is that the number of data loss incidents is decreasing overall.  However, the volume of data lost during an incident is growing exponentially in Canada:

· 72% of enterprises surveyed experienced data loss or downtime in the last 12 months
· The average business experienced more than five working days (42 hours) of unexpected downtime in the last 12 months
· Other commercial consequences of disruptions were loss of employee productivity (48%) and delays to product development (32%)
New Wave of Data Protection Challenges
Business trends, such as big data, mobile and hybrid cloud create new challenges for data protection in Canada:

· 55% of businesses lack a disaster recovery plan for any of these environments and just 1% have a plan for all three
· In fact, 54% rated big data, mobile and hybrid cloud as ‘difficult’ to protect
· With 29% of all primary data located in some form of cloud storage, this could result in substantial loss
The Protection Paradox
Adopting advanced data protection technologies dramatically decreases the likelihood of disruption. And, many companies turn to multiple IT vendors to solve their data protection challenges. However, a siloed approach to deploying these can increase risks and costs: enterprises with three vendors were likely to spend an average of $5 million more on their data protection infrastructure compared to those with just one
The Maturity Matrix
EMC Data Protection Index survey participants were award points based on their responses, ranking their data protection maturity in one of four categories (see methodology for further details):


· The vast majority — 90% — of Canadian businesses rank in the bottom two categories for data protection maturity
· Globally 13% (10% in Canada) rank ahead of the curve, with 11% (9% in Canada) classed as “Adopters” and 2% (1% in Canada) considered “Leaders”
· China has the greatest number of companies ahead of the curve (30%) and the UAE the least (0%)
· Very large enterprises of more than 5,000 employees were twice as likely (24%) to be ahead of the curve than smaller enterprises of 250-449 employees (12%); companies in the U.S. and The Netherlands were the greatest vanguards outside of Asia Pacific and Japan (at 20% and 21% respectively)
“This research highlights the enormous monetary impact of unplanned downtime and data loss to businesses everywhere,” says Michael Sharun, President of EMC Canada. “With 62% of IT decision-makers interviewed feeling challenged to protect hybrid cloud, big data and mobile, it’s understandable that almost all of them lack the confidence that data protection will be able to meet future business challenges.  We hope the global data protection index will prompt IT leaders to pause and reevaluate whether their current data protection solutions are in alignment with today’s business requirements as well as their long term goals.”

Read through the complete findings at To view the Global Results Infographic, visit

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