It's time to rethink data protection. Archiving data and sending it off to some faraway place with the hope that it will never be needed again is antiquated. Businesses can no longer afford to wait weeks, days or even hours to restore their data
"Backups are obviously important. Everyone-both individuals and businesses-should regularly back up their devices and data in case they become compromised. However, there is a distinct difference between backing up the data generated and owned by an individual versus the data created by an organization, no matter the size.
While simple backups may be sufficient for an individual, traditional backups alone are not enough for businesses. A primary purpose of having a secondary set of data is getting a business up and running after data loss, data corruption or ransomware, and backup systems are simply not up for the task of disaster recovery (DR)..."
The spotlight is extremely bright right now for CIOs, writes Ian Pitt. CIOs should be using this moment to move even faster and become more efficient
"The last two months have highlighted the extreme value that IT brings to all organizations.
It's clear that we're not just about laptops and printers and keeping them running - suddenly we've become part of the business continuity team. We're delivering consistency of service despite what's happening around the world, and we're taking companies in a new direction to keep them alive.
The spotlight is extremely bright right now. This is the year of the CIO..."
Three basic but comprehensive steps can help you and your organization get through adversity
"What if your business is impacted by a natural disaster or your offices are suddenly closed due to unforeseen circumstances, say, a global pandemic? What's next? Is your business built to weather these storms? While nobody likes to think about the worst case scenario, planning ahead and putting together a Business Continuity Plan (BCP) will ensure that your organization is prepared for anything.
While my company has had a BCP in place for years, COVID-19 provoked us to ensure that we had an actionable, pandemic-specific plan readily accessible. After creating our initial BCP and adjusting it to apply to our current reality, we felt our experience could be beneficial to other organizations, so we're sharing our process..."
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