Three-quarters of companies suffered downtime in the past year

New research from Atlas VPN shows 76 percent of companies globally have suffered service downtime in the past year.

Reasons include system crashes, human errors, and cyberattacks as the primary causes of downtime. In addition, many IT managers are concerned about increasing numbers of politically-driven cyberattacks.

System crashes are cited as the top reason for company downtime, 52 percent had to deal with this issue. 42.3 percent of IT managers identified human error as the cause of company downtime. Cyberattacks, they were the cause of company downtime for 36 percent of IT managers, while insider attacks accounted for 20.2 percent of companies suffering downtime in the past year.

Cybersecurity writer at Atlas VPN Vilius Kardelis says, “A successful attack might have devastating effects on a company. Following alarming large-scale cyberattacks in 2021, organizations must respond proactively to the increasing risks. Many countries have already increased their cybersecurity budgets to combat cyber threats, and corporations should do the same.”

IT managers are getting more worried about politically-driven cyberattacks, with 45 percent expressing major concern. 41 percent are moderately concerned about these attacks. However, about 14 percent of IT managers say they are not very concerned or not concerned at all about the increase of politically-driven cyberattacks.

You can read more on the Atlas blog and there’s a graphic summarizing the top downtime causes below.

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Author: Martha Meyer