4 important considerations in selecting a BCDR solution

by | Jul 24, 2017

In today’s tech driven world, assuming that a simple backup solution is enough to protect a business from factors like failed system hardware, human errors or natural disasters is a mistake you can no longer afford to make. The modern era calls for a true BCDR solution (or business continuity and disaster recovery) — one that puts true prevention and recovery systems in place that allow you to mitigate risk from both the types of threats you can predict and, more importantly, the ones you can’t.

Understanding the key criteria for selecting a BCDR solution is one of the most important steps you can take to make sure your organization remains stable at all times.

The Key Criteria for Selecting a BCDR solution

  1. Backup Insights

One of the most important factors to consider when picking a business continuity solution has to do with certain analytical features that may be included. These allow you to extend functionality far beyond a simple “backup and recovery” solution.

The Datto SIRIS 3 solution, for example, provides invaluable backup insights that give you complete visibility over your data. You can see when files have been deleted or moved and by whom. You can also see which new files have been backed up since your last session.

2. Data Encryption

Another key criteria for selecting business continuity solutions has to do with the level of protection you can expect from the service you choose. At a minimum, all data should be protected by AES-256 encryption both in transit and in the cloud. This means that regardless of whether your data is actively being accessed or if it’s just sitting idle on a server, it is completely locked down at all times.

Certain solutions also give uses the ability to encrypt data locally on their hard drives as well. Passwords and phrases can also be employed for specific users, or even for a specific machine.

Remember that according to a 2017 study conducted by IBM, the average cost of a data breach is $3.62 million. This is the type of expense that most businesses simply cannot afford and having a security-focused business continuity solution will go a long way towards making sure it doesn’t happen to you.

3. Advanced Security Protection

Going beyond encryption, your business continuity solution should also provide adequate protection against emerging threats in the cyber security world. Ransomware, for example, could potentially cripple your organization by allowing a hacker to encrypt your data and hold it for “ransom” — stopping productivity in its tracks.

Solutions like the SIRIS 3 offer ransomware detection features that actively monitor backups for these types of threats. When one is detected, server admins are notified immediately so that they can do something about it as quickly as possible.

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4. Don’t Forget About the Vendor

In terms of picking something as important as your business continuity solution, you need to pay equal attention to both the solution itself and the company that will be providing it. Third party risk is very real — if a security breach happens to your vendor, it has the potential to affect your organization as well.

Create an organization-specific vendor risk assessment checklist prior to speaking with vendors about the solution you’re looking for. You need to find a company that both has experience in your specific industry and who values their own internal security, as well. Remember that not all vendors will have experience with certain unique challenges you face, like compliance or other federal rules or regulations you may need to adhere to.

Selecting the right business continuity solution requires you to both trust the system you’re using and the company you’re purchasing it from. If you aren’t able to check both of these boxes, you need to keep looking until you can.

The Invenio IT Approach

At InvenioIT, we understand that your data is your business — especially in the modern era. This is why we’ve made it our mission to protect that data at all costs, both through business continuity solutions like Datto’s SIRIS 3 and through the insight and expertise that we offer. If you’d like to find out more information about the key criteria for selecting a BCDR solution, or if you’d like help putting together a vendor due diligence checklist to properly assess third party risk, don’t delay and contact Invenio IT today.

Tracy Rock is the Director of Marketing at Invenio IT. Tracy is responsible for all media-related initiatives as well as external communications—including, branding, public relations, promotions, advertising and social media. She is one busy lady and we are lucky to have her!

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