Why data resilience is needed in an insecure world
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Data is the lifeblood of every business today. It is no exaggeration to say that data is the most important asset on Earth today. For most businesses and individuals, they are more valuable than precious metals, oil, or precious stones. In our digital world, the quantity and quality of data continues to grow, as does our reliance on it.
This is why data resilience is such an important topic today. If you lose access to data due to a cyber attack or natural disaster, your business will come to a halt. Instead, a resilient company has adequate backup and recovery processes in place. So you can quickly recover from any situation where your data is compromised.
Data resiliency is not achieved with a single solution. It requires a set of technologies and strategies that guarantee the permanent availability and accessibility of the data. This minimizes any disruption or downtime that can cause tangible and intangible losses to your business.
Some of these data resiliency technologies include clustered storage, data replication, backup, and disaster recovery. They help reduce the damage caused by cyber threats such as ransomware, as well as any catastrophe, such as catastrophic weather events such as hurricanes and floods. Having these data resiliency elements in place can ensure that a business recovers as quickly as possible, with minimal data loss.
In fact, the critical measure of data resiliency is how quickly you can get back to business after an interruption in operations and resume business. Having the right technologies and mindset allows you to protect your data in the event of a disaster. This includes having the right technologies, such as data backup and recovery solutionsas well as the right strategies, such as shutdown drills to assess your level of resilience.
Another crucial part of data resiliency is the ability to perform regular testing so that any problems can be resolved before they occur. Unfortunately, many companies do not test their data resiliency plan. Often, they don’t even have a first response plan. At a minimum, companies should prioritize regularly testing their data backup and recovery capabilities to ensure they can reliably restore their data in the event of a cyber attack or natural disaster.
Another crucial part of data resiliency is the ability to perform periodic testing so that any problems can be resolved before they occur.
Any solid data resiliency strategy includes goals for recovery point (RPO) and recovery time objectives (RTO), as well as ways to achieve them. RPO is the critical metric that determines how much data your business can bear to lose in a disaster. The RPO plays a critical role in determining how often you should back up your data and the infrastructure you need to support your backup plan. The RPO is less about actually executing the recovery and more about setting the framework. When you need to recover from data loss, you’ll be able to get all the data you need for fast restoration and availability.
Rather, RTO is a metric that helps you understand how downtime can affect your business. Once you’ve established your RTO, you’ll be in a better position to make informed decisions about your data resiliency plan. For example, let’s say you determine that your business can only handle an hour or two of downtime. In that case, you should invest in a disaster recovery solution that allows you to resume activity within that period.
The success of any data resiliency initiative is defined by how well the processes and tools are planned and tested; instead of waiting for something terrible to happen and then desperately trying to figure out how to get back on your feet. Planning is 90% of success.
Of course, companies should hope for the best, but prepare for the worst. When it comes to data resiliency, having a solid and reliable plan in place can make the difference between running a successful business…or not.
It is not an exaggeration. Recent studies have shown that companies affected by ransomware or other data loss incidents have a hard time regaining consumer trust. A survey reveals that 88% of customers would not use the services or buy the products of a company they distrust, while 39% have lost trust in a company due to a data breach or misuse of data. themselves. This can have devastating long-term effects on the survival and growth of a business. Data loss has forced some companies to shut down for good.
Data is the new gold. When companies lose access to their data, they lose the ability to move forward. To prevent this, data resiliency provides all businesses with the ability to quickly recover from a data destruction event and thrive in the digital economy.
Whether you’re looking for resources and help developing a data resiliency plan or the optimal solution for a data protection, business continuity, and disaster recovery plan, ALSO and Arcserve guide you along the way. For more information contact [email protected] or visit our Business Continuity Academy at http://www.ireo.com/business-continuity
By Martin Perez. BDM Arcserve at ALSO Spain