Protection and Business Continuity in Offices (ROBO)
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It is unusual for an organization with remote branch offices (ROBO) to have their data centralized. Typically, off-site environments are configured in parallel, making it more difficult to protect them. So how is it possible to keep ROBOs safe and what to do in case of disasters? We share here the four key points to be taken into account by those responsible for IT security with remote branches under their charge.
1. Focus on ransomware prevention. Educate employees.
As is done at the headquarters of a company, you have to make sure and take basic precautions at branches: firewalls, antispam, antimalware, antivirus tools, etc. And above all, make sure remote employees understand the threats and educate them to avoid them.
2. Develop a remote backup and disaster recovery strategy
In the face of a branch attack, salvation lies in a solid backup and disaster recovery strategy to get business back on track. This begins with establishing recovery objectives for each location, understanding how much data loss is tolerable (recovery point objective) and how much downtime is acceptable (recovery time objective).
Backup devices are necessary for ROBO that allow remote implementation of backups
3. Implement the essential solutions for data recovery in ROBO
Once the objectives have been established, the appropriate solutions must be implemented in order to meet them. At this point, there are three essentials for every remote office or branch:
- Flexible backup: with a solution to back up virtual and physical machines, store those backups locally, and easily replicate them in the cloud.
- Recovery Options: at recovery time, options are needed to, depending on the severity of the disaster, be able to recover locally at a remote office or from the cloud. Flexible and fast recovery options are crucial to meeting your objectives.
- Remote management: there may be multiple branches with different environments, capabilities, and recovery objectives. The solution must enable effective management of the unique targets of each location and have a robust set of management tools that administrators can access from anywhere to remotely manage different policies across locations and recover branches.
4. Use devices for disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS)
In the absence of technical personnel in the branches to manage servers or more complex environments, ROBO backup devices are necessary to allow remote implementation of backup and disaster recovery so that any employee in the branch can plug the device and connect it to Internet. With them, technicians can protect data remotely by configuring backup schedules and retention policies. If there is a hardware failure or minor disaster, they can also use the appliance for instant failover. And, because it can replicate data from one device to the cloud, a branch office can even spin up its entire site in the cloud in the event of a major disaster.
Prevention of data loss caused by ransomware
ROBO environments are particularly vulnerable to data loss and downtime. Add to this the growing threat of ransomware, and IT administrators have their work cut out for them. Fortunately, backup and disaster recovery appliances make it easy to prevent data loss regardless of where attacks or disasters occur.
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