Data protection and Cloud Computing: How to mitigate the risk of data loss
Unfortunately, data protection is often seen as a cost for business rather than an investment in the future of the organisation.
The Cloud has revolutionised the way we do business. It is a great way to share files among team members, as well as to ensure the safety of data by not storing them on-site, where they are vulnerable to loss or corruption.
Data loss, attacks and human errors are the main risks
Organisations often do not realise how difficult it is to protect the data being sent from a remote server to the local customer. The majority of attacks happen during this process.
Overall data loss has also to be considered. If an essential email is deleted it can put the organisation at risk if it cannot be restored.
Then there are is the malfunction of a program itself. It may be due to a local virus or malware or due to user incompetence. This will inhibit any business-to-business communication.
Having the right tools in place and a managed hosting provider can help your business to prevent these situations, avoid data loss while improving your disaster recovery capabilities.
Plan in advance business risks and data loss
Organisations need to understand their own risk profiles before outsourcing their back-up and recovery operations to an external service provider.[Related: 5 factors to consider when choosing a cloud provider]
The trouble is that many organisations do not understand the risks to their company.
The inability to recover lost data can be mitigated by engaging a cloud service provider.
You are ultimately responsible for data loss and restoration
Organisations need to consider very carefully, who to employ to manage their backup and recovery procedures and who will be ultimately responsible for any data loss.
The onus is on the customers, to protect their own data. You have to make sure that the service provider takes this responsibility. The government requires retention of all data for at least 5 years.
Create alignment between the IT needs and the business drivers.
Salesforce, for example, does not take responsibility for any data loss. You need to read the contract very carefully before signing it.
Give the IT department its rightful seat at the management table
IT departments faced an enormous challenge to convince businesses that any data loss is more expensive than what it would cost to effectively protect their most valuable asset, their data.
Work with your hosting provider to create a plan for reducing your business risk
At CloudRecover, we work closely with managed service provider partners, who are trusted advisors for their customers. Because we have been providing hosting and backup solutions for more than 10 years there are very few scenarios that we have not encountered. We bring these experiences to our services and make it accessible to our customers in a simple and cost-effective way.REQUEST 30 MIN FREE CONSULTATION