The use of cloud-based applications, databases, data repositories and other tools has grown exponentially, to the point where most business, non-profits and government entities are using a mix of local and cloud-based solutions. These tools can present vulnerabilities organizations must be vigilant about identifying and addressing. In addition, companies must be prepared to minimize downtime and disruptions after an attack or event.

Various Systems and Tools Create Different Challenges

Before organizations can address the potential threats that come with their technology solutions, they need to identify what they’re using, and what risks come with those tools. Some systems and tools are mission critical for the organization, while others are simply important. Of course, vulnerabilities can be present anywhere.

Many components are private local or cloud solutions, but they may also be public cloud solutions; defenses need to be able to encompass both. Another issue for CIOs and CxOs is the growing use of cloud-based applications designed for handheld and other portable devices; these can present additional challenges.

As companies’ appetites for analytics and big data have grown in recent years, organizations are collecting and storing a tremendous amount of data. From an architectural standpoint, this can create complications.

The bottom line is that all of these applications, tools and underlying data are potentially vulnerable to malware and ransomware attacks.

How Prepared are Organizations for Attacks?

Most senior executives are aware of the potential threats that can come with ransomware or malware attacks. However, only about 80% can say their organizations have implemented some protections and defenses.

For the other 20% of organizations, they either don’t understand the urgency behind data protection or they mistakenly believe data protection will be too challenging or too expensive for their environments.

There is also a misperception that cloud-based application vendors provide adequate disaster recovery solutions for their applications and data. In reality, the organization may only get 30-90 days of data retention in the event of a disaster.

Still other organizations understand that there are risks, but only believe they need to prepare for catastrophic outages so they only protect those systems identified as mission critical. The reality, however, is that 91% of companies report having had data center outages in the past 24 months; 47% have had at least one downtime or outage in the past year!

For those businesses, such outages can mean the end of the organization. A staggering 80% of companies that suffer outages of 3-5 days are no longer in business one year later.

Disaster Recovery as a Service Solutions

While it may be impossible to completely prevent outages, organizations can rely on new, highly-intelligent Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) solutions. These cost-effective options are designed to provide for a full recovery of systems and data across locations, as quickly as 15 minutes after the start of an outage, without the need for a fully-staffed IT department. While these tools are relatively new and evolving, some have been recognized by Gartner and other well-known industry organizations for the protections they can provide.

Getting your systems and data back up and running quickly after an attack or event can help keep your organization competitive. Norwell Technology Group and Infrascale can work with you to implement comprehensive and cost-effective solutions designed to have your systems running again in less time than you thought was possible. To learn more, contact us today.

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