Overcoming Data Protection Fragmentation for Cyber-Resiliency

Overcoming Data Protection Fragmentation for Cyber-Resiliency


Data protection and recoverability are crucial for resiliency against the growing onslaught of cybercrime, as recognized by C-level executives. Fragmentation and sprawl of data stores and protection tools, however, add complexity that directly impedes the effectiveness of data protection tools, and as a result, the ability to protect the privacy and ensure the recoverability of sensitive and critical information assets. Against this backdrop, it is crucial to address this issue and facilitate collaboration between IT operations and security teams for better cyber-resiliency.

The Futurum Group’s latest Research Report, Overcoming Data Protection Fragmentation for Cyber-Resiliency, completed in partnership with Commvault, unveils the findings of a survey of 205 C-suite, VP, and Director-level IT operations and security professionals regarding issues with data protection complexity and sprawl and the resulting direct impact on the ability to withstand cyberattacks. Key takeaways include:

  • A staggering 98% of respondents indicated that data recoverability influences their ability to be resilient against ransomware attacks, with three-quarters of respondents indicating that it is very or critically influential.
  • The research clearly indicates that data protection has become recognized by C-level leadership as an important component of the security infrastructure. This recognition is progress, but 88% of respondents still indicated a need for their data protection to be changed: it is too complex, the level of risk is too high, and it is too expensive.
  • These complexities and costs stem largely from data sprawl and the number of data protection tools in use by the average enterprise. According to 90% of respondents, this fragmentation of data protection tools impacts cyber-resiliency. And operations are on a path to only get worse due to the ever-growing complexity of multi-hybrid cloud environments.

As a result of survey findings and qualitative interview conversations conducted in conjunction with this research, The Futurum Group recommends that organizations adopt a comprehensive security approach that balances proactive and reactive security measures and that drives engagement with all business units. Companies need to use data protection tools that not only protect a variety of on- and off-premises applications and infrastructures but also support data mobility and recoverability across these environments.

If you are interested in learning more, be sure to download your copy of Overcoming Data Protection Fragmentation for Cyber-Resiliency today.

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Author Information

Camberley brings over 25 years of executive experience leading sales and marketing teams at Fortune 500 firms. Before joining The Futurum Group, she led the Evaluator Group, an information technology analyst firm as Managing Director.

Her career has spanned all elements of sales and marketing including a 360-degree view of addressing challenges and delivering solutions was achieved from crossing the boundary of sales and channel engagement with large enterprise vendors and her own 100-person IT services firm.

Camberley has provided Global 250 startups with go-to-market strategies, creating a new market category “MAID” as Vice President of Marketing at COPAN and led a worldwide marketing team including channels as a VP at VERITAS. At GE Access, a $2B distribution company, she served as VP of a new division and succeeded in growing the company from $14 to $500 million and built a successful 100-person IT services firm. Camberley began her career at IBM in sales and management.

She holds a Bachelor of Science in International Business from California State University – Long Beach and executive certificates from Wellesley and Wharton School of Business.

Regarded as a luminary at the intersection of technology and business transformation, Steven Dickens is the Vice President and Practice Leader for Hybrid Cloud, Infrastructure, and Operations at The Futurum Group. With a distinguished track record as a Forbes contributor and a ranking among the Top 10 Analysts by ARInsights, Steven's unique vantage point enables him to chart the nexus between emergent technologies and disruptive innovation, offering unparalleled insights for global enterprises.

Steven's expertise spans a broad spectrum of technologies that drive modern enterprises. Notable among these are open source, hybrid cloud, mission-critical infrastructure, cryptocurrencies, blockchain, and FinTech innovation. His work is foundational in aligning the strategic imperatives of C-suite executives with the practical needs of end users and technology practitioners, serving as a catalyst for optimizing the return on technology investments.

Over the years, Steven has been an integral part of industry behemoths including Broadcom, Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), and IBM. His exceptional ability to pioneer multi-hundred-million-dollar products and to lead global sales teams with revenues in the same echelon has consistently demonstrated his capability for high-impact leadership.

Steven serves as a thought leader in various technology consortiums. He was a founding board member and former Chairperson of the Open Mainframe Project, under the aegis of the Linux Foundation. His role as a Board Advisor continues to shape the advocacy for open source implementations of mainframe technologies.

With a focus on data security, protection, and management, Krista has a particular focus on how these strategies play out in multi-cloud environments. She brings approximately a decade of experience providing research and advisory services and creating thought leadership content, with a focus on IT infrastructure and data management and protection. Her vantage point spans technology and vendor portfolio developments; customer buying behavior trends; and vendor ecosystems, go-to-market positioning, and business models. Her work has appeared in major publications including eWeek, TechTarget and The Register.

Prior to joining The Futurum Group, Krista led the data center practice for Evaluator Group and the data center practice of analyst firm Technology Business Research. She also created articles, product analyses, and blogs on all things storage and data protection and management for analyst firm Storage Switzerland and led market intelligence initiatives for media company TechTarget.

Krista holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Journalism with a minor in Business Administration from the University of New Hampshire.