By Matthew Held, CEO and Co-Founder, Manawa Networks and ASCII Group Member Since 2015
Data loss or theft is a fact of life for organizations of all sizes. We’ve come to expect hardware failure or human error and criminals targeting smaller organizations that spend less of IT security and disaster recovery. But recently, foreign hackers and criminals have upped the game, conducting serious cyber-attacks and wreaking havoc on organizations and governments.
For solution providers, several trends this year reveal why backup and disaster recovery should be top of mind for small, medium, and large businesses.
Solution providers recommend their clients follow Backup 3-2-1, a rule requiring any piece of data exist on two different storage media with at least one being offsite. For example, if your business burns down, data that was last backed up at a remote location can be used to restore information. There are countless examples of organizations losing data because the backups were in the same location.
Organization need to take frequent, full, and incremental backups to reduce the time needed to restore files when data is lost and needs to be recovered quickly. At a minimum, backup everything weekly along with incremental backups to two physical backup devices with at least one being offsite. This includes phones, tablets, and cameras. But backing up data is only half the solution. The other half involves solution providers testing how fast large amounts of data can be restored to minimize the customer’s downtime.
The cost of cloud-based disaster recovery must also be estimated after identifying a cloud provider. The cost of using a cloud-based disaster recovery may include a monthly subscription fee, the amount of Internet bandwidth required, the amount of storage used, and the number of virtual machines or processors. Additionally, the effort and time to restore data from the cloud is an important consideration not often asked up front. Costs for additional needs can add up quickly if not regularly monitored and optimally configured, based on a plan.
BDR is a top-of-mind issue for C-level executives and technical professionals in their organizations in 2017. The news cycle will continue to publish serious cases of security data breaches. Negative financial results, fewer customers, and loss of reputation will continue to cripple organizations without solid BDR plans.
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