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New Survey Reveals Enterprises are Increasingly Leveraging Endpoint Data for Security Investigations, eDiscovery and Device Migration

Code42 today announced the results of a survey confirming how critical it is for organizations to access and leverage endpoint data for additional uses above and beyond backup and recovery. Amongst 155 IT professionals and business decision-makers surveyed on the show floor at VMworld U.S. 2017, security investigations, eDiscovery, and data device migrations to Windows 10 were identified as the top uses for endpoint data beyond backup. The results also found that a majority of companies (65 percent) already leveraging endpoint data for these services would be very concerned for any organization that is unable to do so.

"The findings of this survey reinforce a trend we have been seeing with our own customer base, from first wanting strictly data backup solutions to wanting to use that data for new strategic services and initiatives," said Rob Juncker, senior vice president of product development at Code42. "With the evolving threat landscape, we've also seen an explosion in attack vectors that target user and corporate data. What started as a basic endpoint data backup and recovery market for lost or stolen laptops has evolved into a robust data services industry."

Key findings include:

  • The majority of companies (65%) are leveraging their endpoint data for tasks beyond just backup, such as security investigations, eDiscovery, analytics and device migration.
  • Of these services, security investigations are the most prevalent use for endpoint user data (55%), followed closely by device migration (53%), and eDiscovery (47%).
  • When asked what they would most want to use endpoint user data for, security investigations (45%) was number one, followed closely by device migration (44%) and ransomware recovery (43%).
  • 83% believe endpoint data is extremely or very important to their organization (53% say extremely important).
  • Endpoints are increasingly becoming a more important data source to the enterprise: 42% of organizations store between 50-100% of their data on endpoints. This is even more true for the higher education sector, with 81% storing between 50-100% of their data on endpoints.
  • It¹s more important than ever to be able to leverage endpoint data, according to 64% of IT professionals and business decision-makers who say it¹s mission critical or important to be able to use endpoint user data for services such as analytics, security, migration and eDiscovery.
  • 63% of respondents say they would be very concerned or concerned if their organization did not have the ability to use endpoint user data for additional services such as analytics, security, recovery, migration, and eDiscovery.

This year has already seen multiple global ransomware outbreaks, combined with the largest data-exfiltration events in history. Endpoint backup and protection has long been key for businesses, but as more and more data, including intellectual property, is stored on endpoints, use of that data for other services has become critical for organizations.

Published Wednesday, October 11, 2017 6:16 PM by David Marshall
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