Backup and Disaster Recovery Trends for 2018
It’s the time of year that Michael Buble and Mariah Carey return to their yearly slumber (after another successful Christmas season); and the most common item in the bin for the week are calendars. With that we’ve decided to look forward. Below is a list of trends that will shape backup, disaster recovery and business continuity in 2018.
Ransomware is still a major threat to businesses
It’s a well-known threat that’s been around for a few years now.
Ways to combat ransomware effects have come a long way in a short period. However it’s still considered as a major threat to businesses in heading into 2018.
We’ve written about how to use backups against Ransomware effectively previously.
Investment into storage increasing
According to the 2018 State of Infrastructure survey conducted by Interop, the continued quest to increase storage will continue with companies planning on investing further into their data centers and storage capacity.
- 24% plan to increase spending on IT infrastructure by more than 10%.
- 21% percent plan to spend 5% to 10% more on IT infrastructure spending compared to 2017.
- 18% expect that spending no more than 5%.
Social Media and its impact on data loss and leakage
Social media is a double edged sword. It’s great to be able to directly contact the majority of your customer base with just one post or tweet – it can also become an uncontrollable wild fire of negativity.
Customers vent on social media – A LOT! Don’t lie to yourself; it’s likely that you’re guilty of airing grievances against a company on their publicly open social pages!
It’s even worse when the social backlash comes about from a critical IT incident (ask Australia’s largest telco Telstra how 2016 went for them). If only they had tested their business continuity and disaster recovery plans.
The other side which data leakage comes into account are accidental posts and tweets of sensitive company information.
Who could forget Elon Musk tweeting his personal phone number in what he thought was a DM?
HMV experienced an example of how internal stakeholders can cause brand damage using social media as well.
Disaster Recovery (DR) and Business Continuity Planning (BCP) still has a lot of improvement
It’s considered that a large portion of businesses feel they’re not as prepared for a disaster recovery scenario as they should be. This includes the ability to recover from data loss, a major environmental disaster (such as flooded server room, cyclone, etc.)
The only way to improve this situation is to allow the business continuity plan and disaster recovery processes to mature through effective testing.
Looking for your businesses New Year’s Resolution? Make it a ritual to test your BCP and DR
This one is the easiest resolutions to stick to that you’ll ever make – and you’ll be glad you did it!
Let the team at TestMyBackups handle everything when it comes to your business continuity and disaster recovery strategies.
Check our service plans and have a Happy New Year.