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Protecting and managing data against the modern threat landscape that exists isn’t always an easy task. Data breaches can be initiated by cyber-criminals in remote locations across the globe, exploiting vulnerabilities that are undiscovered by security professionals and software vendors. IoT (Internet of Things) devices can be remotely hacked and made into Botnets to be used as part of wider attacks, often silently.
With so many threats to your IT environment, one of the best methods to ensure data availability is to ensure that a secure, off-site backup of all data is kept intact and ready for restore when it’s needed most.
It is near on impossible to guarantee 100% protection against cyber-threats and with so many businesses operating on a 24/7 basis, downtime can be extremely costly. Backup is a staple of any data management regime but it’s recovery that businesses and organisations should have in mind when thinking about security. Recovering from a backup, especially if cloud based, is often the quickest method of recovering data and restoring operational capacity after a cyber-attack.
Backup should be a given, and any organisation not backing up yet, should start thinking ahead. However, not all backups are created equal and with so many options available it can be difficult to understand which backup will be best when you need it most; the differentiator is often restoring data.
When reviewing a backup and recovery solution, it is vital that you can protect all data and have the confidence that it will be available for restore as and when it is needed. Historically backup solutions relied on hardware such as backup tapes or even a dedicated backup server. This approach, utilising physical media is open to corruption especially if data is being stored for long periods of retention.
The importance of disaster recovery policies cannot be stressed enough. DR planning is vital for organisations of all sizes. Planning will increase the chance of recovery and cut downtime, it can be required by insurers to cover damages – insurance will only be able to cover the physical damage and DR should cover the digital aspects.
Downtime is the time in which businesses cannot deliver a product or service, this can often be quantified by analysing areas such as loss of sale or even reputational damage.
The cost of downtime to a business can widely vary, based on the seasonality of the organization, how they have been affected and more importantly how long the downtime lasts. One of the main costs will come from how the downtime affects the ability of the organization to continue interacting with customers, whether receiving or fulfilling orders. The cost of downtime for North American businesses alone is estimated to be approximately $700 billion annually.
With downtime and cyber-attacks, threatening to cost your organisation thousands, it is necessary to ensure that you have a technology and supplier that is suitable for helping to protect you. No two environments are the same so choosing a solution that can be implemented with flexibility will help in the long run, ensuring that backups scale to meet new needs and the ability to recover is not impeded.
Should disaster strike, an organisations priority will be restoring its most valuable data and to get back to operational capacity by invoking disaster recovery and business continuity plans. Traditional backup and recovery methods, such as tape, will cost time, money and resources and could take weeks to get your data back. On-site copies of data or backups may be damaged in a disaster and be redundant when looking to restore. With Redstor InstantData organisations have the ability to prioritise data for restore, ensuring that data can be restored on demand and accessed immediately. By pulling requested blocks of data from Redstor’s secure platform, users can access data without having to wait for a full file, folder or server to be restored first, all while the rest of your data is being recovered in the background.
The recent ransomware attack on Kaseya, a cloud-based IT and security management provider services company that supplies tech-management tools to customers worldwide, has the potential to be the most serious cyber-criminal incident this year.Continue reading