You’ve heard us talk about the many benefits of cloud computing and the importance of disaster planning and disaster recovery. Well, thanks to the advancement of cloud computing and security, you can say goodbye to your clunky, outdated and unsecure external hardware, and hello to utilizing the cloud for disaster recovery. This post is timely as June is Backup Awareness Month.
Continuous security coverage
By using the cloud for disaster recovery you no longer need to fear security doomsday. All of your sensitive data and critical records are continuously updated. Better yet, by utilizing the cloud, your records aren’t stored in one place, which can be susceptible to human error, natural disasters or security breaches. You can access your data anywhere and at anytime with the cloud. Additionally, cloud computing offers almost limitless storage space—essential for any business.
Low cost and maintenance
Before the advent of the cloud, disaster recovery plans used to consist of expensive equipment, dedicated IT and network security teams (either internal or external) and high cost. But it was worth the price if it meant your data was secure right? Well, services like CrashPlan are not only affordable but also provide multiple layers of protection: data encryption, data centers, mobility, and security versioning. Plus, you no longer have to dedicate an entire day to backing up your files. Most cloud disaster recovery services offer continuous coverage.
Cloud security has received a bad reputation. People are leery of sending all their sensitive data to an unknown and mysterious ‘cloud.’ It’s understandable the general population would be cautious and hesitant before embracing new technology. However there are several measures and fail-safes to apply to mitigate risk and improve security.
- Encrypt data stored on the cloud
- Use a two-step authentication process
- Create random, strong passwords and update frequently
It’s time to rethink your disaster recovery protocol, by utilizing the cloud. When searching for a suitable cloud vendor, make sure their security standards meet your company’s requirements. Using the cloud offers continuous, low cost and maintenance security. There are several fail-safes built into cloud security, which can mitigate human error, natural disasters and security threats.
What does your company’s disaster recovery plan entail? Have you made the switch to the cloud?