Data has become extremely valuable and is one of the key drivers of business growth. The requirement to secure and ensure recoverability of crucial business data is a major emerging trend to date. This article will highlight reasons for this trend as well as how you can proactively manage associated risks and thus ensure that you have a disaster recovery plan in place.
Natural disasters causing cascading effects
Over the past decade, we’ve witnessed (or been part of) serious natural disasters; some of which have had devastating effects that caused entire geographical regions to be affected.
Although there is nothing you can do to prevent a natural disaster, you can prepare for - and as a result - mitigate the effects a natural disaster could have on your business. Business continuity and disaster recovery planning should form part of good governance strategies for every business. The advent, accessibility and affordability of cloud technology to ensure that data is backed up online in a secure and fully recoverable fashion is one element of business continuity planning.
Increased use of cloud based disaster recovery
Cloud hosted technology solutions are able to host a number of valuable services in a completely secure, accessible and sustainable environment.
This has led to major corporate organizations moving their entire disaster recovery plans to the cloud as it is able to provide security, recoverability, scalability and central management of all their data security and recoverability needs.
Cyber attacks growing in number and complexity
As information and communication technologies evolve, so do the methods which cyber criminals use to exploit and attack people’s identities and devices, which very often contain invaluable personal and corporate data. The complexity and occurrence of attacks on business information systems is also increasing drastically.
In the quest to prevent and/or mitigate this risk, trends depict a large increase in the use of cloud services. Cloud anti-virus software, web filtering services and cloud hosted backups are able to provide continuous updates and data backups, ensuring that your environment remains as secure as possible against even the most recent cyber criminal activity and attacks. (And in the event of a successful attack, clean data is able to be recovered from a cloud hosted backup, once again ensuring that you have a valid disaster recovery plan).
The use of social media in disaster recovery
During a disaster recovery event, social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook are becoming the prominent way to notify clients and stakeholders of a disaster and its extent.