How MSSPs Use Disaster Recovery to Help Endpoint Security
… how business-impacting it could be when endpoints crash and concomitant data loss. But even today too many IT departments rely on USBs and laptops for how MSSPs can use disaster recovery to help endpoint security. Something has to change.
“You need to have local endpoint backups make data available at the time of disaster recovery, when it is needed the most,” said Tom Thomas, professor, School of Professional Advancement, Tulane University. “Recovery and getting the employee and executive system up and functional again is huge. The local endpoint restoration process makes the time this takes much faster than if you have to restore from the cloud.”
So creating a system that allows for accessible onsite data backup of endpoints is key. This approach allows for rapid recovery of backup data and is most applicable for large corporate sites with many users.
“Large organizations should apply the same security rules they would to any data backups,” said David Halford, vice president of business continuity and disaster recovery solutions at Fusion Risk Management. “Taking this step alone plays an important part in the success of having a disaster recovery and data backup plan for the organization’s endpoints in case of cyberattack.”
Back Up Endpoints Online?
Disaster recovery of corporate data is among the most critical tasks for IT. And one of the biggest challenges to recovering endpoint data is the speed at which recovery can take place whether the data is on a laptop, tablet, or desktop endpoint.
“Compounding the endpoint backup challenge is the fact that much of the data resides in multiple locations due to heavy use of cloud services and SaaS applications such as Office 365,” said Scott Walker, CMO, Unitas Global, a managed cloud services provider. “Leveraging a cloud storage solution along with software that orchestrates regular backups and speedy recovery is a best practice for many IT departments.”
Above all, this whole process needs to be automated, according to online backup experts, because if you are counting on end users to back up data, it’s almost guaranteed not to happen.
“By making the encryption secure over the internet, you’re enabling the backup of all your data,” said Todd Matters, chief architect and cofounder of RackWare, an automated hybrid cloud management platform. “Proactive measures like this, paired with a secure cloud data center, will ensure that your endpoints have the best chance of withstanding malicious activity.”
Pros, Cons of Cloud Disaster Recovery and Endpoint Backup
Perhaps the preference for onsite backup by some endpoint experts for how MSSPs can use disaster recovery to help endpoint security could be that the “true” cloud hasn’t arrived yet; for example, data is still stored somewhere in a physical location, in a data center.
“Data centers allow consolidated security measures to protect the physical location to the maximum,” said Sebastian Straub, senior AWS solutions architect, N2WS, a cloud-native backup and disaster recovery provider for AWS. “However, data is only as safe as the storage facility is redundant. Storing your valuable data in a multitude of cloud providers is smart but adds complexity. To stay competitive, cloud storage providers …