Feb
28

Ransomware and BYOD Pose the Biggest Risk, Say IT Pros

Ransomware and BYOD Pose the Biggest Risk, Say IT Pros

February 28
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Ransomware and mobility (BYOD policies) are the most common cause of concern among IT professionals, shows a recent StorageCraft survey. Among IT professionals, 42 percent believe that ransomware is the technology that brings the most risk. Another 38 percent are concerned about mobility and increasingly prevalent BYOD (bring your own device) policies, shows the survey. Hardware/system failure and human error are the most common causes of data loss, according to the poll.

business man using internet on smart phone and laptop

Hardware Failure and Human Error, Top Causes of Data Loss

The survey shows IT professionals are constantly dealing with risks in the business environment. They are constantly for ways to mitigate it. When asked what was the main cause of data loss for users in the last year, IT pros said they dealt with a variety of issues. We have the breakdown below:

  • 31 percent said the main cause of data loss was hardware or system failure
  • 29 percent said they had to deal with human error
  • Another 29 percent said the main cause of data loss were either virus, malware or ransomware
  • Only 2% said the main cause of data loss was data corruption
  • Another 2% said that they had to deal with natural disaster
Laptops most likely to fail and cause data loss, out of all hardware devices.

Laptops are the Machines Most Likely To Fail – Before Servers and Desktops

When asked what the machines most likely to fail and cause data loss, IT pros are looking at a range of devices. Laptops were the worst offenders, with 39 percent of IT professionals gathering they are most likely to cause data loss.

Desktops and servers were equally at fault, according to the poll, with 26 percent of IT pros saying they may fail and cause data loss. Tablets and mobile devices were the least likely to cause concern, shows the poll, with only 4% of respondents saying they are concerned about them.

Ransomware and BYOD, Most Risky Technologies

Asked which technologies bring the most risk in terms of data loss, IT professionals say that ransomware is their top concern:

  • 42 percent believe ransomware brings the most risk
  • 38 percent are concerned about mobility or BYOD (bring your own device) policies in the workplace
  • 9 percent are concerned about social media use
  • Only 4% are concerned about cloud computing technology
  • Only 2% believe that the Internet of Things is likely risky.

The survey was carried out in January of 2017, on 41 IT professionals from the StorageCraft community of MSP’s and resellers. 

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