It’s time to look ahead as we close the chapter on an unexpected and challenging year. Business owners and their IT departments will have to take the many lessons they learnt from 2020 into account when setting up their data strategies for the new year. Here’s a look at the top data protection trends for 2021 to help you future-proof your organisation in the new year.
Remote work is here to stay
Businesses were forced to adapt to remote work at breakneck speed at the onset of the pandemic and according to Gartner, this trend is here to stay. A study by the research giant found that 82% of business leaders plan to let employees continue to work remotely in the future. And with greater freedom comes greater responsibility for business owners to protect their data.
We’ve already witnessed a staggering increase in data breaches in South Africa in 2020. And it’s vitally important to enter the new year prepared with a robust data protection and back-up recovery solution. Read our blog on the red flags raised over exposed data during lockdown to help you identify the areas most at risk in your organisation.
Greater responsibility for data governance
As mentioned above, data protection will continue to be the order of the day next year. The increase in cyberthreats has highlighted the many shortfalls that still exist in adhering to South Africa’s Protection of Personal Information Act (Popia). The onus will be greater on business owners than on IT departments to ensure compliance, and they will have to focus on how data is stored and accessed. A data archiving and back-up recovery solution are essential services to help ensure adherence to Popia.
Smarter IT budgets
If there’s one area that’s been severely impacted by 2020, it’s resources. Many businesses have been forced to cut down on staff numbers and department funding to stay afloat. According to results from a study by Cohesity in the US, IT budgets are one of the hardest hit with 70% of respondents indicating that they will be forced to cut them in the next 12 months. The study also found that companies were spending inordinate amounts of time and money to manage data infrastructure.
This highlights the need to seriously consider outsourcing and taking advantage of the many benefits of a managed data service. DMaaS (data management as a service) frees up resources, time and costs that businesses will desperately need to remain competitive in 2021.
At STS, we always keep a close eye on the latest trends to provide you with the best possible solutions to future-proof your business. We partner with global technology vendors to create bespoke solutions that can be tailored to the size of your business and your unique data environment.
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