Disaster recovery is a vital part of a firm’s IT strategy

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As more companies make use of data for business purposes the need to secure said data is vital.

Part of securing that data involves having a disaster recovery plan but according to Christian Mahncke at Routed’s enterprise business development division, companies still struggle with cybersecurity.

It is evident that companies are still experiencing common security challenges such as backup and Disaster Recovery (DR) failures, ISPs being hacked or Ransomware attacks. All of which are exposing the network and potentially sharing valuable personal information,” Mahncke said.

The Routed representative adds that one of the areas companies fall short in is backups and disaster recovery.

Mahncke however, cautions firms by saying that they shouldn’t confuse backups with disaster recovery as they are two separate concepts.

“Backup is simply a copy of data intended to be restored to the original source, while disaster recovery requires a separate production environment where the data can live. All aspects of the current environment should be considered, including physical resources, software, connectivity and security,” Mahncke says.

He adds that data backups should be automated and conducted daily at the very least. However, with cybercrime incidents increasing, disaster recovery should form part of any organisation’s IT strategy these days, unfortunately it is not.

This should concern business owners as data from Routed reveals that 93 percent of companies without disaster recovery that suffer a data disaster are out of business within one year of the breach.

Many firms believe that having a multitude of backups constitutes disaster recovery and it simply doesn’t.

“Disaster recovery needs to address complete system failure and provide a set of security policies to govern disaster incidents. A cloud platform provides for this in the most efficient form,” concludes Mahncke.

To end on a somewhat positive note, 96 percent of companies with a trusted backup and disaster recovery plan will survive a ransomware attack.

Perhaps now is the time to put backup and disaster recovery plans into place, if you haven’t already that is.

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Brendyn Lotz

Brendyn Lotz

Brendyn Lotz writes news, reviews, and opinion pieces for Hypertext. His interests include SMEs, innovation on the African continent, cybersecurity, blockchain, games, geek culture and YouTube.