Reliable backups a “safety net” for businesses and users – News
World Backup Day aims to remind businesses and individuals to protect data and operational resilience against simple equipment failure, natural or man-made disasters and cybercrime by backing up their data
While individuals can benefit from the numerous cloud-based backup options available today, businesses need to evaluate the maximum amount of data they can afford to lose in adverse situations, experts say – KT File
When backing up your data, the “3-2-1 rule” is a good rule of thumb, says Harish Chib, Sophos vice president, Middle East and Africa.
“Three copies of your backups, including the ones you are using now; two different locations for these backups; and one of them has to be offsite/offline,” he said.
Speaking to the Khaleej Times ahead of World Backup Day, he explained that reliable and usable backups are an organization’s parachute and safety net rolled into one.
“Good, reliable, and usable backups can help organizations recover from ransomware and major cyberattacks. They can also help you recover from physical threats such as natural or man-made disasters. However, backups only work if they are done correctly and can be restored. Take the time to ensure that you not only have a good backup strategy in place, including storing backups offsite, but that you can restore those backups quickly and effectively,” he said.
This year’s World Backup Day, taking place on March 31st, is a day designed to remind businesses and consumers alike to protect data and operational resilience from simple equipment failures, natural or man-made disasters, and cybercrime by: back up their data.
Werno Gevers, Regional Manager at Mimecast, found that businesses are exposed to a variety of cyber threats that can impact business productivity and lead to data loss, impacting revenue, reputation and trust. Without proper recovery measures, organizations that fall victim to an attack such as ransomware could suffer from disrupted business productivity for days.
“Data backup and archiving play an important role in improving an organization’s cyber resilience. With the right solutions, organizations are more likely to recover from a successful attack with minimal business disruption,” he said.
Storing all data on a business email platform like Microsoft 365 without a third-party restore/backup puts a business at risk, he warned. By backing up historical transactional and other data in an archive in an independently secured environment, organizations can maintain a small amount of data and reduce the attack surface.
As the most important productivity tool for businesses, email remains the most likely attack vector for cybercriminals. Research by Mimecast found that 63 percent of organizations in the Middle East have seen an increased number of email-based threats over the past year.
“A recoverable business email repository can enable quick and easy recovery of original data that may have been lost as a result of a successful cyberattack,” said Gevers. “So in the event of a ransomware attack, companies don’t have to pay a ransom or suffer downtime.”
Similarly, Antoun Beyrouthy, Senior Cybersecurity Advisor at Axon Technologies, noted that both organizations and individuals rely on data now more than ever. “From account balances in core banking systems to your pictures with a beloved friend, some things you just can’t afford to lose. However, Murphy’s Law states that anything that can go wrong, will go wrong. From a stolen device to ransomware to natural disasters, sooner or later the integrity or availability of your data will be compromised.”
While individuals can benefit from the numerous cloud-based backup options available today, organizations need to evaluate the maximum amount of data they can afford to lose in adverse situations, he explained. “They need to develop backup policies and ensure that offline backups are in place if the live backup is compromised and offsite backups are available in case the main site is lost. On World Backup Day, let’s remember to always plan for the worst and then hope for the best.”
Deepak Mohan, EVP of Products at Veritas Technologies, also emphasized the importance of prioritizing robust privacy practices and implementing the right tools at the right time to protect an organization’s and its employees’ data.
“It’s clear that multi-cloud adoption is bringing great benefits to organizations around the world, including improved resiliency and agility,” he said. “However, the move to multi-cloud environments also creates new challenges for data management, such as unexpected costs, operational complexity and increased vulnerability to cyber threats. Criminals are successfully making their ransomware attacks even more effective by targeting cloud services and data; and as the volume of enterprise cloud data continues to grow exponentially, we expect this trend to continue for the foreseeable future.”
World Backup Day 2022, he said, is a “powerful reminder” that there has never been a more critical time for all organizations to prioritize robust data protection practices. “Executives must work with their IT teams to take the necessary steps now to implement the right tools and protocols that can autonomously self-provision, self-optimize, and self-heal data management services to keep their critical data safe and available anywhere it is – from the edge to the core to the cloud.”