2016 has been characterized by headlines full of massive attacks on some of the world’s largest organizations. Household names like Yahoo, Target, Netflix and even the Democratic National Committee have fallen victim to disruption caused by cyber criminals. When we think about the threats posed by hackers, we often focus on the security and liability implications that come from compromised sensitive data. However, another important consideration is how an attack can impact business continuity.
According to the research company Forrester, Disaster Recovery plans must now include strategies for responding to cybercrime, as hacking is increasingly becoming “a real cause of downtime.” Furthermore, a recent article on ContinuityCentral.com discussed the implications of downtime on a business as a whole. “The reality is that data is valuable, it interfaces with core business activities and any threat to it or the aligned processes is a threat to the business.”
A disaster recovery plan is vital to any organization, but determining what kind of solution is right for you is based on key considerations, including the availability of physical and financial resources, not to mention the capabilities of your in-house IT staff.
There are two types of disaster recovery services, traditional and cloud-based, and each comes with different physical and financial requirements. A traditional solution includes a secondary physical location for back-up data and requires investments in servers, connectivity and all of the components required to house equipment like data center space, cooling and power.
Cloud-based disaster recovery services are hosted in virtual machines, rather than physical equipment. In this model, a DRaaS provider is responsible for any necessary hardware and storage infrastructure, taking the burden off of the organization. This model is also more flexible and scalable, where a business has the advantage of only paying for the space and computing they need.
Utilizing experienced engineers and technicians with disaster recovery expertise will ensure that your organization’s disaster recovery solution is designed to quickly implement into your organization’s virtualized environment, saving your time and resources. That same expertise is required to manage this environment to ensure that, in the event of a malicious attack, downtime is held to a minimum and the fastest RPOs/RTOs is met.