Recovery Anywhere and Clean Restores

Interestingly, most organizations plan to recover after a cyberattack using a hybrid approach that includes both on-prem data centers and cloud options. The data revealed that 71% recover servers to the cloud and another 81% recover directly to the data center. These trends vary somewhat by region with a more detailed view shown in the 2023 Ransomware Trends Report that was released by Veeam in May 2023. Covered in this report are topics on recovery anywhere and clean restores including:

  • Where do organizations recover their data to?
  • Were organizations assured that clean backups were in place prior to restoring data?
  • How many run the risk of reinfection during the restoration process?

Over two out of five respondents were assured their backups were clean before restoring. That means that the remaining organizations, or 56%, risk reinfecting the rest of their data during restoration. Of those organizations at risk, the 2023 Data Protection Trends Report confirmed that 35% restored directly to production followed by scanning as verification. More details are shown in this report from Veeam that was contracted with a global research firm to survey organizations of all sizes across 14 countries around the world. 

The 2023 Ransomware Trends Report provides insights into:

  • Organizational alignment between cyber and backup teams — and their executive leadership
  • What is in most risk management roadmaps and incident response playbooks?
  • How ransoms were paid and what is changing in cyber insurance?
  • How many organizations paid the ransoms, even if they had policies not to
  • Were organizations able to recover? If so, how.  If not, why not
  • How pervasive was the attack and how much data were they able to eventually recover?
  • Were the criminals able to affect the backup repositories or did something prevent them?
  • How did organizations ensure not reinfecting their environments during recovery?

The first look at the Ransomware Trends 2023 data was presented at VeeamON 2023, the Community Event for Data Recovery Experts in May 2023.  Over the next several weeks, we’ll be looking at the topics below, unpacking the research results, and discussing how these findings are affecting cyber resiliency strategies for 2023 and beyond.

 Be sure to check out our LinkedIn Live session June 27 LinkedIn Live session, on continued coverage in this series.  

We hope to connect with you on the June 27 LinkedIn Live session, and remember to download the full report at 2023 Ransomware Trends Report.

If you have questions about this, or any of Veeam’s many other research projects, feel free to contact us at

About the 2023 Ransomware Report: the 2023 Ransomware Trends Report is the latest and largest research report based on unbiased cyber victims in the history of backup and availability, as surveyed by an independent research firm with 1,200 responses from 14 countries that summarizes nearly 3,000 cyberattacks. Download the full 2023 Ransomware Trends Report to get access to all the lessons learned from other CISOs, SecPros, IT Ops and Backup Admins. Want to learn more about cyber resiliency solutions at Veeam? Visit the Veeam Ransomware Solutions page.


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