With cybercrime becoming more prevalent, and with IT spending on cloud technologies set to rise from 12% of budgets in 2017 to 18% by 2019, Simon Jelley, global general manager, Backup Exec at Veritas, offers five steps that businesses can take to protect their data in the cloud:
1 Back up regularly and frequently – making multiple copies on a regular basis is an obvious but important step. In the unlikely event of a cloud outage or ransomware attack, you want to maintain business resilience and ensure the operation continues to run with minimal disruption.
2 Isolate – the isolation of backups is especially relevant to a ransomware attack. It’s crucial that the technology you use to store backup data is not part of your network. Public cloud is reliable and cost effective to set up. It is also very easy to scale as your business grows and evolves.
3 Consider timing and backups – managing retention periods is an important part of data lifecycle management. The best way to do this is to deliver a cycle of weekly, monthly and yearly data backups on different media. Businesses should consider how many copies of different files need to be kept and where they should be stored. A master catalogue will help organisations keep track of what and where the data is stored.
4 The 3-2-1 rule – Keep at least three copies of data, on at least two devices, with at least one copy offsite.
5 Recovery testing – Finally, it’s important to ensure that the recovery process works. Running fire drills will ensure employees can recover data when they need it. This can involve checking that a secondary site will go live if the main site fails or it can be as simple as recovering an arbitrary file to a PC and checking it is identical to the original.