EMC’s Global Data Protection Index ranks South Africa 7th out of 24 countries when looking at the maturity of data protection approaches. Points are awarded for shorter recovery time, confidence in infrastructure, modern data protection systems, and systems replicating data off-site.
It is estimated that South Africa loses R9 billion (US$0.8 billion) to unplanned downtime and R 3.5 billion (US$ 0.3 billion) to data losses every year.
According to the report South Africa ranks ahead of Mexico, Indonesia and Germany but behind India, the US and Singapore, while China is number one in the index.
The report states that 18% of South African companies can be described as ‘ahead of the curve’ in terms of data protection practices, this includes companies that use a range of modern data protection methods, are least likely to suffer from system downtime and data loss, and have short recovery times after a disruption.
Looking at the current state of data protection, 52% of organisations have suffered unplanned system downtime, and 23% of organisations have suffered data loss.
Furthermore, 66% of organisations consider data protection to be critical to their success and 50% are not fully confident that they can fully recover after a disruption.
The top three causes of disruption are hardware failure, loss of power and software failure.
According to EMC, on a global scale “the survey reveals that while business impact from data loss and downtime remains staggering, a vast majority of businesses are behind the curve in the maturity of their data protection strategies. While most customers consider data protection to be critical to their success, they also feel challenged protecting cloud, big data, and mobile.”
The EMC Data Protection Global Index surveyed more than 3,000 IT decision makers in 24 countries to create the ranking of protection readiness.