3 practical tips for companies to avoid data disasters, CIO News, ET CIO

Data is undoubtedly the new oil. Every activity revolves around data, and hence any loss of data can prove to be disastrous for enterprises. As digital initiatives accelerate at a faster pace, our reliance on data will only increase. In an environment that is always ‘online’, it is essential for businesses to be prepared for data losses caused by disasters such as floods, earthquakes and also due to hardware failures, power-related outages, software issues, or related to cyber security such as ransomware or DDoS attacks.

Data disasters can be caused by many factors such as:

Storage system failure due to natural and unnatural causes

Storage software corrupted due to virus or malware

Accidental deletion of data

It is hence crucial for IT teams to have defined processes and techniques to avoid data disasters and put a strategy in place that will ensure data protection and avoid data losses under any circumstances.

Let’s explore 3 practical tips to pre-empt data disasters:

1. Ensure regular backups

Backups are crucial for ensuring business continuity and ensure that a copy of data is available in case of a data failure. Backup copies allow data to be recovered or restored from a specific point in time, as defined by the business. For example, backups have to be in real-time for entities such as banks or telecom service providers, while for some businesses, backups can be taken at the end of the day. A backup also ensures that the business can quickly – generate the required data to produce before an audit or compliance committee, if needed. Depending on the time for the data to be restored, organizations can decide on the specific storage medium to be used (SSD, HDD or tape).

2. Use Disaster Recovery as a Service

In an age where even a single minute of downtime can be costly for enterprises, Disaster Recovery as a Service can be an extremely affordable option. Unlike the traditional disaster recovery process which involves setting up an alternative DR site, a DR as a Service (DRaaS) option helps enterprises act quickly in case of disasters. A DRaaS option can not only insulate businesses against data-related losses, but also enable businesses to back up their data more frequently and economically. This is also useful from a compliance perspective.

3. Protect against ransomware and DDoS attacks

With a rise in remote working practices, ransomware attacks have witnessed a significant upward trend. If enterprises do not have adequate protection against ransomware and DDoS attacks, it can become extremely difficult and expensive to recover data. For example, a report by IBM last year stated that security incidents have become more costly and harder to contain due to drastic operational shifts during the pandemic with the cost of data breaches in Indian organizations rising close to 18% to Rs 16.5 crore on an average between May 2020 and March 2021.

A backup is an important step of protection against ransomware attacks to restore data. It is also equally important to keep the operating system and associated software updated with the latest patches. Other basic steps include deploying firewalls, intrusion prevention systems and anti-virus software. Additionally, enterprises should train their employees by conducting regular mock drills that emphasize threat identification and help them avoid malicious links.

In the digital age, the real currency is information, and the competitiveness of every organization depends on the insights derived from this data. We believe the above recommended steps can be implemented to help an organization protect their data and run their organization in an efficient and effective manner.

The author is Hardik Panchal , General Manager , Networking Services & Operations at Rahi

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