Research finds 89% of organizations say ransomware attacks in Kubernetes environments are a risk, but dangerously slow to scale data protection solutions

SINGAPORE, March 16, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Veritas Technologies, a leader in multi-cloud data management, today announced the results of a new study revealing that the majority of organizations are underprepared to deal with threats to their Kubernetes environments. Kubernetes is rapidly being deployed in mission-critical environments in organizations around the world, the research showed, with 86% of organizations planning to deploy the technology within the next two to three years, and a third already rely on it today. However, only 33% of organizations that have deployed Kubernetes so far have tools to protect against data loss incidents such as ransomware.

The study, which collected the opinions of 1,100 senior IT decision-makers globally, found that 48% of organizations that have deployed Kubernetes have already experienced a ransomware attack on their containerized environments, while 89% of respondents said ransomware attacks on Kubernetes environments are a problem for their organizations today.

Anthony CusimanoSolution Evangelist at Veritas, said, “Kubernetes is easy for organizations to deploy and is rapidly improving affordability, flexibility and scalability. It’s no wonder so many people are embracing containerization. implementation of Kubernetes as their Kubernetes protection. Suddenly, they found themselves with two-thirds of their critical Kubernetes environments completely unprotected against data loss. Kubernetes has become the Achilles’ heel of organizations’ ransomware defense strategies.

Siled solutions

Organizations are missing the opportunity to provide rapid protection to these at-risk data sets by not extending their existing data protection from their traditional workloads to all of their containerized environments. Only 40% of organizations currently follow this model, while the rest complicate their protection environments with standalone products for some or all of their Kubernetes protection. They do so even though 99% of respondents believe there would be benefits to adopting an integrated approach. This could be because nearly half (44%) of respondents said they had little or no knowledge of solutions that could protect data in traditional, virtual, and Kubernetes environments.

The greatest risks associated with siled data protection solutions have been identified by research as “a more complex or time-consuming data recovery process after a data loss incident” and “a higher cost of deploying multiple solutions “. Meanwhile, the most compelling reasons among respondents for adopting a single solution to protect data from data loss and ransomware attacks were “a simplified recovery process” and “a single place to manage data.” protection”.

More protection in the future

Research has shown that organizations expect to be able to achieve better protection for their Kubernetes environments over time, with 29% of organizations believing that ransomware will no longer be an issue in five years. This aligns with increased spending on containerized data protection: Organizations expect to spend on average 49% more in this area five years from now than they do today, leaving less than 3% of them without data protection in place for their critical Kubernetes environments. Additionally, 61% of enterprises expect future investments in their protection infrastructure to leave them “very well prepared” for ransomware attacks on Kubernetes environments over the next five years.

Cusimano continued, “It’s clear that organizations around the world understand the importance of protecting the critical data they use in their Kubernetes environments. However, if a week is a long time in politics, five years is a very long time in data protection, and we expect to see more and more ransomware variants emerge that target Kubernetes and take advantage of this. Achilles’ heel. the simple solution to extend their current data protection platforms to their Kubernetes environments today, leaving them in an unenviable position of vulnerability.”

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About Research

The study was conducted by Opinium Research between February 7-20, 2022in 11 key markets across three regions: the Americas (United States and Brazil), Asia Pacific and Japan (Australia, China, Japan, Singapore and South Korea) and EMEA (France, GermanyUnited Arab Emirates and United Kingdom)—with questionnaires submitted by 1,100 IT decision makers in organizations with more than 1,000 employees.

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