More than half -- 55% -- of U.S. organizations expect to increase use of the cloud in their business continuity strategies over the next year, according to a survey of 300 U.S. and Canadian organizations commissioned by CA Technologies. Canadian organizations are less advanced than their American counterparts, the survey shows, with 23% reporting they will use the cloud for data protection.

The report, “Insights: Data Protection and the Cloud,” shows that data loss continues to be a huge problem for companies across North America. All of the 300 organizations surveyed admitted to incidents in the last year that led to data or application loss.

Despite the high levels of data being lost, only 26% of U.S. and Canadian companies reported having an adequate data protection plan in place. To combat this, many companies are expanding their budgets for security. Of the U.S. companies surveyed, 49% say they have increased their expenditure compared with last year, while only 14% have decreased it.

Thirty-six percent of organizations in the U.S. report having data stored in a public cloud, with 76% storing data in a private cloud. In Canada, the cloud storage rate is lower, with 28% storing data in a public cloud and 45% using a private cloud.

Those using the cloud for data storage feel safe doing so, according to the report. Eighty-four percent of the organizations that have data residing in a private cloud are confident that it is adequately protected, and 73% of them say they are assured of their data’s safety in the public cloud.

“It is broadly acknowledged that cloud computing can offer many benefits to organizations that require more agile and cost-effective ways of delivering IT services,” Bill Mann, senior vice president, Data Management at CA Technologies, said in a statement. “This survey reveals that one of those benefits is improved data protection—which remains a huge challenge in conventional, non-cloud environments.”



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