Protection and Availability Gap in the Middle East

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  • 80% of UAE organizations and 82% of Saudi organizations have a protection gap between how much data they can afford to lose after an outage and how frequently data is backed up. 
  • 80% of UAE organizations and 76% of Saudi organizations have an availability gap between their expected SLAs and how quickly they can return to productivity.  
  • 98% of UAE organizations and 97% of Saudi organizations experienced unexpected outages within the last 12 months.
  • On average, 17% of UAE organizations’ and 18% of Saudi organizations’ data is left completely unprotected.

“The UAE and Saudi (the two biggest IT markets in the Middle East) findings of the Veeam Data Protection Trends Report 2022 largely mimics the global results, which find that the gap between business expectations and IT delivery, when it comes to data protection, continues to widen and has never been worse. As the proportion of applications that organizations consider mission-critical increases, so too does the volume and variety of cybersecurity threats. Entire industries face a data protection emergency and businesses across the world are looking for ways to accelerate their strategies to protect data, remediate cyber-attacks and recover from systems outages.”

“To be fully transformative, Middle East enterprises need to be anchored with key technologies provided by virtualization, hybrid cloud and Kubernetes. Companies who succeed in accelerating their adoption of a Modern Data Protection strategy will put in place solid foundations to gain competitive advantage from digitization. It will enable them to experience the lower cost points and flexibility of public cloud, leverage the security and proximity of private cloud, and fast-track their development cycles by deploying Kubernetes, with the assurance that their data is protected across their entire infrastructure.

  • Claude Schuck, Regional Director, Middle East at Veeam Software

Ransomware in the Middle East

  • 86% of UAE organizations and 84% of Saudi organizations suffered ransomware attacks, making cyber-attacks one of the single biggest causes of downtime for the second consecutive year.  
  • Per attack, organizations in UAE were unable to recover 34% of their lost data on average, while Saudi organizations were unable to recover 37% of their lost data on average. 
  • 81% of UAE organizations and 81% of Saudi organizations were unable to recover at least some of the data they had lost. 

“For businesses in the Middle East to win the ransomware battle, they must possess the capability for education, implementation and remediation. The best remedy for a security breach is prevention. This can be improved through education of employees, ensuring that cyber-attackers are not being gifted access to the data and systems they need to initiate a ransomware attack. The next strategy is implementation: offsite and offline backups to mitigate the effects of ransomware. Veeam advocates the 3-2-1-1-0 rule. There should always be at least three copies of important data, on at least two different types of media, with at least one off-site, one offline, with zero unverified backups or backups completing with errors. Finally, businesses need a plan for remediation. Do not pay the ransom. The only option is to restore data. Implementing a full Backup and Disaster Recovery plan gives organizations the ability to recover data in event of a ransomware attack, minimizing the risk of financial and reputational damage.”

  • Claude Schuck, Regional Director, Middle East at Veeam Software

Need for Modern Data Protection in the Middle East

  • 88% of UAE organizations and 86% of Saudi organizations plan to increase their data protection budgets during 2022 – spending an average of around 7% more than in 2021. 
  • 52% of UAE organizations’ data infrastructure is currently located in the data center, with 48% now hosted in the cloud. 49% of Saudi organizations’ data infrastructure is currently located in the data center, with 51% now hosted in the cloud. 
  • 69% of UAE organizations and 76% of Saudi Arabian organizations are already running containers in production, while 29% and 22% respectively plan to do so in the next 12 months.

“It is clear from the survey that businesses in the Middle East are investing more and taking steps to ensure that their organizations’ data protection strategy is fit for purpose given the continual increase in data criticality and constantly evolving threat landscape. To provide a strong foundation for Digital Transformation, IT leaders must implement robust Modern Data Protection strategies at the lowest possible cost. The “new normal” for modern IT is approximately 50/50 between on-premises servers and cloud-hosted servers. As such, an optimal and future-proof data protection strategy needs to accommodate physical, virtual and multiple cloud-hosted or cloud-native options. It should give businesses confidence that their data is protected and always available across all production platforms. Through a single backup and data management platform for cloud, virtual, physical, SaaS and Kubernetes, Modern Data Protection enables organizations to modernize backup and recovery, secure data against ransomware, and improve application performance.  All of which lead to improved business efficiency and cost-effectiveness ”

  • Claude Schuck, Regional Director, Middle East at Veeam Software