Building New Data Protection Capabilities in 2016

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Building new data protection capabilities in 2016

Where businesses need to focus?

ITRC’s latest data breach reports revealed some serious findings:

ITRC

Source: http://www.goldfishconsulting.com/itrc/images/breach/ITRCBreachStatsReportSummary2016.pdf

Today, enterprises are more exposed to data threats and security vulnerabilities than ever before. This could be attributed to the rise of social media, enterprise mobility and proliferation of data sites at remote location.

Enterprises face many challenges to protect their corporate data. They have virtual office running with BYOD wherein employees work from any location with any device. Data centers are located at different branches & remote locations, and implementing a continuous data protection mechanism can be a difficult task. It also involves technical challenges like outdated back-up processes, ageing IT infrastructure, and unreliable data recovery plan. Moreover, the shadow of cyber theft looms large.

All these can lead to data loss or even worse, to business downtime and customer dissatisfaction.

But the problem with many SMBs is that they don’t have back-up admins and data disaster recovery specialists for data protection. Even some of the big enterprises have the same issue. This automatically creates many points of exposures and failures, and businesses become more susceptible to data loss. Irrespective of your company size, we bring you 4 check gates for building new data capabilities in 2016. Here we go:

Start with a strong backup plan

Data loss are almost inevitable in business. Start your data protection strategy with a strong back-up plan. Assimilating duplicate copies stored in a secure location will not only give you second lease of life – but continue business as usual averting downtime. If your company has adopted BYOD policy, then have strong monitoring solution in place to be aware of who is accessing corporate data on which devices. You will also need a back-up plan to safeguard company data which are stored on employees’ personal devices.

Monitor corporate data 24/7

Effective monitoring begins with the knowledge of how data loss can happen. For instance, there are many possible ways that lead to data loss: computer crashes, devices stolen, hard drive failure, cyber theft, virus attacks, etc. When you understand the circumstances under which you can loss corporate data, it becomes easier to have monitoring solutions in place.

Monitoring is the self-defense strategy to avoid data disaster. Since it gives your data protection strategy, a pro-active approach is preferred instead of stone-age reactive approach. So, set up 24/7 monitoring tools to hunt down disaster before it strikes you.

Upgrade your ageing data protection technology

Data reside in your IT infrastructure. But is your infrastructure robust enough to handle and protect information at their most sensitive level?

Today’s dynamic business environment means more systems and applications configuration, more regulatory policies and compliance issues, and more unstructured and complex data to handle and monitor. Moreover, traditional on-premises data systems were never designed to protect business-critical systems, applications, and the current data deluge. So, if you are using Cloud computing applications and Cloud storage services to run your business, then you need to upgrade your ageing data protection technology.

Look for new technology solution like Cloud Storage for business

Many SMBs are using Cloud computing applications for running their business. So it’s quite natural for them to go for Cloud-based data protection solution. But even for businesses with on-premises data storage – it will be a good idea to consider Cloud as a stand by data disaster recovery storage. The beauty of Cloud-based data protection solution is that they are easy to deploy and flexible enough to accommodate your specific needs. It always makes better data protection sense to use a combination of local backup, hard drives, tapes and Cloud to ensure complete protection.

Modern business demands 24/7 operations. So, your data protection strategies need to work round-the-clock to avoid productivity loss, legal fines, and furious customers. What’s your take on this?

'Tandy' has 30 years of experience in the IT Services Industry and has experience of over a decade in managing the complete life cycle of IT infrastructure services. He has worked extensively in MNCs& India IT Services organizations in leadership roles. Ex-Senior Vice President & Head Global Delivery, Infrastructure Services at Wipro Technologies. He has worked with Wipro for 10 years and has held a key position in Compaq India.

About Thandava Murthy

'Tandy' has 30 years of experience in the IT Services Industry and has experience of over a decade in managing the complete life cycle of IT infrastructure services. He has worked extensively in MNCs& India IT Services organizations in leadership roles. Ex-Senior Vice President & Head Global Delivery, Infrastructure Services at Wipro Technologies. He has worked with Wipro for 10 years and has held a key position in Compaq India.