What You Need to Know About Business Continuity

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The time for managing your data with greater intelligence is here.

In December, Gartner, Inc. forecasted worldwide enterprise security spending to total $96.3 billion in 2018, stating awareness of emerging threats and the evolution to a digital business strategy as main factors.

As the growth of your enterprise resources continues to thrive, any loss of data can jeopardise your entire business. It’s important to implement a trusted availability solution that will keep your IT environment intact and secure. Current data compliance and protection requirements have set the bar high.

As companies become more data aware, here are the five key questions that you should be asking your data management team:

  1. Does your data recovery strategy actually work?
  2. What happens in the event of a disaster?
  3. Are you under regulatory governance to have a DR, Business Continuity & Backup in place?
  4. How quickly can you meet your RTO targets?
  5. What is your business continuity plan?
  6. Are you able to access data if your office becomes inaccessible?

What Does Intelligent Business Continuity Look Like?

Business Continuity Centre

Unexpected events such as power outages, infrastructure failure or even natural disasters can easily prevent you from operating your business. You need to consider where and how your staff will continue to work if the worst happens.

This is what your company should be looking for in a comprehensive Business Continuity Checklist:

  • Dedicated seating in various recovery suites with access to public transport and parking
  • 1Gb resilient connectivity to comprehensive DR systems in the event of a disaster
  • Large team of engineers available on-site for the transition period
  • Technical assistance with system recovery
  • RFID access restricted suites
  • Conference rooms with video & telephone conferencing
  • At least 100Mb Internet connection
  • Voicemail & contact centre including call recording if required

Disaster Recovery

Business resiliency begins with the protection of systems and data across your entire environment. Any enterprise organisation should be ready to recover systems to full capacity and retrieve assets within the recovery time and recovery point objectives (RTOs/RPOs) your business requires.

This is what your company should be looking for in a comprehensive Disaster Recovery Checklist:

  • Enterprise-class replication providing coverage for all IT infrastructure requirements
  • 2048-bit SSL tunnels for encrypted data replication to a secondary off-premise location
  • Failover with multiple point-in-time recovery points
  • Disaster Recovery under the governance of ISO 27001
  • Assisted planned DR test
  • Invocation support provided from a 24/7 Network Operations Centre
  • DRaaS provided across Enterprise Cloud or Public Cloud platform offering

Cloud & Offsite Backup

The loss of data can close your company’s doors permanently. A fully managed, remote backup and restore service eliminates the need for manual tape loading and removal off-site, allowing users to work without interruption and ensuring round-the-clock data protection.

This is what your company should be looking for in a comprehensive Backup Checklist:

  • Full AES 256 encryption on all data at rest
  • Multiple solutions available for physical & virtual environments, servers & endpoints as well as Cloud solutions such as Azure, Office 365, OneDrive & Sharepoint Online
  • Regular testing of backup solution
  • Quarterly service reports
  • Redundant dual-site storage for resilient data backup archive
  • 24-hour alert systems with managed monitoring
  • Data deduplication

Interested in learning more about Business Continuity? Speak with our team today.