(6) For companies that have media (tapes) sent off site for vaulting purposes, they should plan ahead about how to carry this out during the holiday season.Consider setting up an activation alert in the organisation's back up software, so administrators, on-site or not, are immediately notifiedof any issues that arise.
(7) On the power and energy front, ensure your UPS system is serviced, functional and tested for any holiday break disruptions. If appropriate, switch off lights, computers and servers to conserve energy.
(8) Ensure your endpoint protection is completely up-to-date with all advanced features enabled to protect against spear-phishing and spam threats common around this time of year.
(9) As more people are traveling and thinking about holidays, use a robust endpoint encryption solution to protect critical information against lost or misplaced devices.
(10) Don't forget the human element to security - backup and remind employees to be vigilant against identifying potential online shopping, social media and email scams.
Global information protection expert Symantec, is a key backup and recovery expert to consult on these trends and issues. They have two main backup product lines: NetBackup and Backup Exec. These are targeted at two different audiences: NetBackup at the enterprise and Backup Exec at the small to medium-sized business (SMB) and remote office - branch office (ROBO) markets.
Symantec Asia Pacific's Director, Information Management, Marcus Loh said that planning ahead can help organisations avoid any festive season headaches.
"Companies should have various policies for end-users on securing their data, remote access for work and managing their company-issued laptops and devices," Mr Loh said. "Staff should be reminded, for example, that important company information and emails, on laptops and PCs, must be backed up or archived on a central company repository.
"Organisations should also always test at least one round of backup and recovery after any changes is made in configurations or policies, to ensure it works reliably.
"These policies should be reinforced with staff, before they go on leave, so they are upper-most in their minds."
To ensure that CIOs and their companies do have a merry Christmas and a happy new year requires some careful pre-festive season back up and DR planning. But Symantec says that such a diligent approach should really be followed anyway, no matter what the season.
"Our bottom line is to always ensure that good, consistent back up, on a regular basis, as part of business continuity planning, is done whether it is the festive season, or otherwise," said Symantec's Marcus Loh.
Backup and DR Outlook
If you are wondering about the future for backup and DR, Gartner has some interesting forecasts:
- By 2018, 40% of organizations will augment with additional products, or replace, their current backup application.
- Through 2015, despite the rise of disk-to-disk (D2D), disk-to-disk-to-tape (D2D2T) backup will remain the predominant strategy for large enterprises.
- By 2016, 20% of organizations, up from 7% today, will employ only snapshot and replication techniques, abandoning traditional backup/recovery.
- By 2017, 70% of organizations will have replaced their remote-office tape backup with a disk-based backup solution that incorporates replication, up from 30% today.
- By 2019, there will be a 50% increase in the number of large enterprises eliminating tape for operational recovery.
- By 2018, the number of organizations abandoning tape for backup will double, whereas archiving to tape will increase by 25%.
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