Use cloud services as part of disaster recovery plans

October 29, 2012

When securing information from dangers that may affect companies, employers must recognize that cybercriminals are not the only threats. Weather-related incidents like hurricanes, tornadoes and floods can also interrupt the flow of businesses.

Organizations in the path of natural disasters must prepare for different scenarios that may threaten their infrastructures. Strong winds may blow down power lines and trees, and heavy rains could flood office buildings. To ensure data protection, companies of all sizes must create disaster recovery plans in preparation for incidents that may occur at any time.

Many institutions rely on cloud computing services to create backups. The cloud is a cost-effective solution that offers unlimited storage for databases, and allows employees to gain access from any device that uses an internet connection, Data Center Knowledge reported.

According to a recent 2012 TechTarget Cloud Pulse survey, the majority of 926 polled respondents said they already use the cloud for certain aspects of their businesses, while 20 percent use a cloud service for disaster recovery and 30 percent plan to do so in the next six months.

Some experts also suggest a hybrid approach to disaster recovery that merges cloud computing and hardware. Companies should consider storing essential documents to running a business in the cloud that can be recovered as soon as possible. Other less essential materials can be stored in an offsite location where they will remain safe until an authorized person requests to retrieve them. 

To prepare for the aftermath of bad weather, the cloud is one of the best forms of data loss prevention. However, to ensure company plans work, decision-makers must test their plans regularly in case any changes need to be made, said the executive director of the Disaster Recovery Institute, Alan Berman, in an interview with Info Bank Security.

-McAfee Cloud Security