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July 31, 2017

De-Risking in the Hybrid IT Era

CIOs are diversifying their IT strategies, expanding the role of data in their business operations and leveraging more outsourced support and resources. Furthermore, ZDNet.com reports that 95 percent of organizations are using a cloud solution and 75 percent are utilizing a hybrid cloud solution - indicating that IT decision makers are investing more and more into the hybrid IT model. One of the pivotal conversations happening in the IT department and the C-suite is how this diversification impacts overall risk exposure.

De-risking is a top priority and covers more than just security and compliance considerations. A comprehensive hybrid de-risking strategy also includes infrastructure failure prevention and a cloud-based disaster recovery solution. Let’s examine some important strategic considerations for each one of these areas:

Infrastructure Failure Prevention

Last year, IHS Markit reported that IT downtime contributed to $700 billion in losses for North American businesses. There are several factors that can cause downtime: high-latency, power outages, hardware failure and human error. Your IT infrastructure doesn’t keep “business hours,” it is working 24 hours a day to keep your operations on track and your mission critical data available. The keys to catching potential issues before they escalate is around-the-clock monitoring for your network, equipment telemetry and expert support for your hardware maintenance schedules. Quick responses are imperative to minimizing damage, so ensuring you have centralized, expert support is vital.

Cloud-Based Disaster Recovery

In light of this year’s WannaCry ransomware attack, that according to Forbes affected over 300,000 computers, the IT industry got a strong reminder that a disaster recovery solution is a must-have for every organization. Going beyond natural disasters, cloud-based disaster recovery is emerging as an important business continuity instrument when facing these new breeds of malicious attacks by allowing your business to immediately access near real-time replicated data in the cloud if a breach were to occur. This is critical for maintaining operations for your company and minimizing the bulk of financial loss caused by extensive downtime. Often legacy disaster recovery solutions don’t offer the flexibility that cloud-based solutions do, which means they can impede your hybrid operations. But cloud-based disaster recovery can essentially be installed seamlessly into existing architecture and new infrastructure and can scale as you grow.

Security and Compliance

Siloed approaches to compliance and security can lead to increased risk exposure. These two elements of IT management require an integrated approach to combat advanced threat actors. An integrated approach involves comprehensive strategies that consider both internal and external opportunities for a breach, focuses on solutioning for “the people problem” through training and protocols and maintaining the most current certifications. Furthermore, modern data protection is characterized by advanced physical and logical security. It’s not enough to invest in just one or the other because advanced cyber criminals are constantly finding new ways to gain access to your sensitive environments.  

Explore your hybrid “readiness” with this informative infographic and explore our fully-integrated hybrid solutions today. Contact us today to start planning your hybrid IT mix.
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