4 Essential IT Security Strategies to Protect Your Data

4 Essential IT Security Strategies to Protect Your Data

Today’s businesses are under attack.

Between human error, increasing cyber threats, and Mother Nature herself, it seems nearly impossible to secure our most critical data. And the costs of a breach can be devastating, resulting in financial loss or the loss of customers and their trust.

Thankfully, there are a variety of methods tech-savvy companies and government entities can employ to keep their data—and their customers—safe.

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Data Protection as a Service (DPaaS)

The rapid adoption of cloud computing has made the DPaaS market soar, with reports expecting it to become a $46 billion industry by 2024.

DPaaS does just what it says: it protects your data, backing it up in the cloud. DPaaS is best suited for those facing the following challenges:

  • Backups often fail
  • Backup windows often run into the next day
  • Multiple backup solutions need to be managed
  • Backup space constantly needs to be freed up
The goal of a quality DPaaS vendor is to retrieve your lost or archived data within minutes, or as quickly as your budget allows. Retrieving earlier versions of files becomes much faster when compared to traditional backup methods.

Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS)

Disasters come in many forms, from power and internet outages to phishing and malware attacks. But in Florida, our disasters are often of the natural variety. A World Bank study analyzing the storm frequency data of 136 large coastal cities worldwide placed Miami at #2 and Tampa at #7 in terms of the overall cost of potential damage. And yet people continue to flock to these cities—meaning an even bigger risk for “data disasters.”

With a quality DRaaS provider, your most critical data is continuously replicated around the clock, so when disaster strikes your team can pick up right where they left off with little or no downtime.

How is this different from DPaaS?

Whereas DPaaS protects data, DRaaS protects both data and infrastructure, housing them at a secondary site where weather and technology failures cannot touch them.

For example, let’s take a look at the Florida Department of Agriculture. The Department’s original disaster recovery process required physically transporting backup tapes to its facilities in Pennsylvania; recovering from a disaster meant that employees had to leave their homes and families and temporarily relocate to PA to access backup information. But that was then.

Today, the Department uses DRaaS provider DSM to conveniently store their critical databases on over 100 virtual servers in a private cloud in Central Florida. In the advent of a disaster, employees will now have access to data from almost anywhere in real time.

You can read more about the Department’s move to DRaaS in this informative case study.

Lastly, while some may worry over the cost of bringing on a DRaaS provider, today’s technologies make it possibe to protect critical systems at a reasonable cost, offsetting the cost of housing and maintaining a second site for recovery infrastructure, and the cost of expensive legacy backup applications.

Security as a Service (SECaaS)

CNN Tech recently described 2017 as “the year nothing seemed safe.” The piece showcased 10 of the year’s worst cyber attacks; from the Equifax breach in which cybercriminals stole the personal data of 145 million people, to the Uber breach and subsequent coverup which triggered global government investigations. And we’ve already seen the first big scare of 2018, in the form of the Meltdown and Spectre bugs.

With these breaches and bugs shining a bright light upon the alarming vulnerability of our data, it’s becoming apparent that security is no longer a “nice to have.” By hiring a service provider offering SECaaS, data is protected by multiple layers of security so companies can be confident they are safe despite these three top security concerns:

  • Interacting with the internet and outside networks
  • Users touching data on a variety of devices across multiple locations
  • Attacks from malware, ransomware and other cyber threats

Managed IT Services

A final option for businesses and government entities that does more than just secure and protect data is Managed IT Services. This solution allows you to outsource some or all of your IT needs to a vendor who can:

  • Maintain and support your infrastructure
  • Keep your infrastructure current and at peak performance
  • Monitor backups, storage, capacity, and connectivity
  • Help run applications and manage workloads

With Managed IT Services, your understaffed or overworked IT team can focus on meeting overall company objectives while your provider helps IT operations run more efficiently.

It’s 2018, and it’s no longer enough to “hope for the best.” Cyber threats are real and will continue; Mother Nature will not rest for long; and an increasingly mobile workforce can also increase the likelihood of human error. To ensure the security of your data and to avoid losing money and customers, the time to act is now.

If you’re ready to get started, contact DSM, Florida’s preferred cloud provider today. Our expert technology consultants can help you decide which IT solution is right for you.

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