Network Disaster Statistics

Frightening Trends, Cases, and Questions You Should Consider

It's inevitable that your business will experience one or more disasters of some kind in the coming years. Even the billion dollar enterprises such as Google get affected. In April 2011, Sony was attacked by hackers who stole over 77 million user records containing personal information such as names and credit card details. With this attack alone, there is a good chance you or someone you know was affected by this event.

Tape drives fail on average at 100%; that means ALL tape drives fail at some point and do NOT offer complete protection for your data if a natural disaster, fire, or terrorist attack destroys your office and everything in it. Business owners who were hit by hurricanes like Katrina learned a hard lesson about keeping remote backups of their data:

  • 93% of companies that lost their data for 10 days or more filed for bankruptcy within one year of the disaster, and 50% filed for bankruptcy immediately. (Source: National Archives & Records Administration in Washington)
  • 20% of small to medium businesses will suffer a major disaster causing loss of critical data every 5 years. (Source: Richmond House Group)
  • This year, 40% of small to medium businesses that manage their own network and use the Internet for more than e-mail will have their network accessed by a hacker, and more than 50% won’t even know they were attacked. (Source: Gartner Group)
  • About 70% of business people have experienced (or will experience) data loss due to accidental deletion, disk or system failure, viruses, fire or some other disaster. (Source: Carbonite, an online backup service)
  • The first reaction of employees who lose their data is to try to recover the lost data themselves by using recovery software or either restarting or unplugging their computer — steps that can make later data recovery impossible. (Source: 2005 global survey by Minneapolis-based Ontrack Data Recovery)
  • Gartner estimates that only 35 percent of SMBs have a comprehensive disaster recovery plan in place.
  • According to analyst firm IDC, about 70% of all successful attacks on computer networks were carried out by employees and insiders.