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Fortify Your Cybersecurity: Essential Strategies and Solutions for Data Protection and Disaster Recovery

Valuable Insights into Cybersecurity, Data Protection, and Disaster Recovery


In today's digital age, the frequency of ransomware attacks continues to soar. Global attack volume jumped up 151 percent year over year in the first six months of 2021. SonicWall’s 2021 Global Cyberattack Trends report states there were 304.7 million ransomware attacks over the same period. Historically, data protection, recovery, and security have been treated as separate IT security efforts. However, the intense battle against cyber threats demands that IT professionals start looking at IT security from a new perspective.


The Evolution of Data Protection

The Evolution of Data Protection


This transformation is already underway. An IDC white paper, “Increase Data Resilience and Improve Ransomware Defense by Integrating Data Protection and Security,” cites a study where 78 percent of IT leaders indicated digital resilience would be a top investment priority over the next two years. IDC’s research also shows that 90 percent of organizations operate in a hybrid cloud or multi-cloud environment, with data spread across multiple private and public cloud locations. Protecting data that is now everywhere requires comprehensive data protection solutions.

At Cloud Ready Solutions, we believe that IT leaders should no longer consider data security and data protection as separate tasks. A multi-cloud data management platform that covers data protection, cyber-recovery, and disaster recovery is essential. The best platforms extend beyond data protection and recovery to include data capture, movement, and governance across the core, cloud, and edge.


Key Data Protection Capabilities


These platforms include a policy engine that ensures consistent data treatment—regardless of the repository—while slashing the time it takes IT to manage data. IDC also recommends choosing solutions that are extensible to integrate with other solutions, like intrusion detection, and can scale as your organization grows.

When evaluating the right data protection platform for your situation, Cloud Ready Solutions recommends that it include these key capabilities:


  • Ensure Encryption Everywhere - The solution should encrypt data at rest, in flight, and in backup sets to prevent data exfiltration and theft by external and internal threats.

  • Include Immutable Data Backups - Encrypted, immutable data copies can’t be corrupted, changed, or deleted by anyone, ensuring your data will survive an attack. Look for immutability as a critical feature for your backups.

  • Keep An Air-Gapped Backup Data Copy - An air gap that physically isolates an immutable backup copy of your data keeps it safe from unsecured networks, like the internet, preventing bad actors from gaining access. Many organizations are turning to tape backups—where the tapes are physically removed from the tape library, onsite or offsite, to provide this air gap.

  • Find An Integrated Solution - Look for a solution that seamlessly integrates hardware, software, and cloud capabilities. This layered approach to data protection and cybersecurity gives you the best chance of surviving a cyberattack.

  • Insist On MFA - Many breaches result from stolen credentials. IBM’s Cost of a Data Breach Report 2021 states that compromised credentials are the most frequent initial attack vectors, at 20 percent of breaches, followed by phishing, at 17 percent. Multi-factor authentication (MFA) can help prevent breaches, even if someone’s credentials are compromised.


Unified Data Protection: Backup and Recovery Across Platforms


At Cloud Ready Solutions, we are proud to distribute Arcserve solutions across Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Islands. Arcserve Unified Data Protection (UDP) software offers an all-in-one data and ransomware protection solution. This solution neutralizes ransomware attacks, restores your data, and performs effective disaster recovery (DR). Safeguarded by Sophos Intercept X Advanced cybersecurity, Arcserve UDP uniquely combines deep-learning server protection, immutable storage, and scalable onsite and offsite business continuity. This multi-layered approach delivers complete IT resiliency for your virtual, physical, and cloud infrastructures.


We also offer the StoneFly DR365V for Veeam environments and the DR365U for Arcserve and other backup vendors. These solutions implement the 3-2-1-1 model for data protection: keep at least three copies of your data, store two backup copies on different storage media, keep one backup copy offsite, and ensure one copy is immutable and air-gapped.


Get the Scoop on UDP


Contact us today if you’re ready to learn more about Arcserve UDP and other data protection solutions such as StoneFly. Cloud Ready Solutions is always here—standing by and ready to help.


About Cloud Ready Solutions

Cloud Ready Solutions, a leading Australian distributor, provides the broadest set of best-in-class solutions to manage, protect, and recover all data workloads, from SMB to enterprise, regardless of location or complexity. Our solutions eliminate complexity while offering best-in-class, cost-effective, agile, and massively scalable data protection and certainty across all data environments. This includes on-premises, cloud (including DRaaS, BaaS, and Cloud-to-Cloud), hyperconverged, and edge infrastructures. Our nearly three decades of experience, plus a continuous focus on innovation, ensures that partners and customers, including MSPs, VARs, LARs, and end-users, are assured of the fastest route to next-generation data workloads and infrastructures. Explore more at cloudreadysolutions.com.

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