Additionally protected data storage with Backup as a Service or Disaster Recovery? Five questions you can ask yourself to find out.9. April 2020
Companies of all sizes have to deal with numerous IT challenges. One of the most important tasks of IT managers is to prevent data loss and downtime.
Especially infrastructure failures, natural disasters or cyber attacks can put a spanner in the works. According to a UNO report, the threats posed by natural disasters have increased in recent years. The number of cyber attacks has also risen sharply in recent weeks. It is easy for current malware to render not only productive business data, but also the available backups on their hard drives unusable. Therefore, an additionally protected data storage is required. Reason enough to take the protection of systems seriously, preferably with an efficient backup & disaster recovery strategy.
Before you decide for or against a backup and disaster recovery service, we recommend that you ask yourself the following five questions:
- Do you need an absolutely high availability of your company data?
Companies can hardly afford to live without business-critical applications for a long period of time. In addition to loss of sales, there is also the threat of possible recourse claims by third parties if, for example, deadlines or other business agreements are not met. It is important to be prepared for emergencies with high data availability and to react quickly to ensure business continuity. In the best case, this happens so quickly that employees and customers are unaware of it.
- Is it important to you to be protected against security threats such as viruses and ransomware attacks?
Cyber-Kriminelle nutzen jede Chance, um Systeme anzugreifen. «The cantonal police corps have noticed an increase in cyber phenomena that make reference to COVID-19. Criminals are deliberately trying to exploit the fears and concerns of the population for their machinations», says MELANI* on the current situation. For the current malware, it is easy to render useless not only the productive business data, but also the available backups on their hard disks. An additionally protected data storage is required.
- Do you want a smooth and location-independent recovery?
Not only data loss, but also interruptions at the network, application and server level should be prevented with backup and disaster recovery. If a disaster occurs, you should be able to quickly restore the original working state without harming the business. A well-functioning disaster recovery scenario allows you to continue your business processes in an emergency case and guarantees access to the systems from any location.
- Do you want to minimize the risks that a disaster brings with it?
Shutdown of operations, loss of productivity, impending costs or damage to reputation are not an option. For many companies it could quickly slide into insolvency. In the event of such a disaster, make sure that you have fast and smooth access to your data/systems again so that your company remains active and does not generate losses.
- Do you need to be able to recover data even after several years, because archive records are «a must» for your Company?
According to the Ordinance on Accountancy Records (GeBüV), companies obliged to keep and store the information to be archived in such a way that it cannot be altered without this being ascertainable (GeBüV, Art. 3). A backup solution should ensure such requirements. Decide for yourself how often your data needs to be backed up and how long it should be available.*The Reporting and Analysis Centre for Information Assurance MELANI is an organisation of the Federal Administration of Switzerland. https://www.melani.admin.ch/melani/de/home/themen/covid-19.html (Text in german).
Can you cover all these requirements with your current solution? Have you answered at least one of the above questions with «Yes»? Then we recommend an additionally protected data storage.
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