Small-to-Medium Businesses Lack Backup & Recovery Strategies
Tuesday February 1, 2011
In spite of a surge in the adoption of the Cloud, a recent survey has revealed that many SMEs are lacking offsite backup and a disaster recovery strategy. In a survey of 3000 SMEs conducted by the disaster recovery company Acronis, it was revealed that over one-third of SMEs do not have such essential security strategies.
In the Acronis poll, SMES cited that they lack of budget and resources to implement an offsite backup and disaster recovery strategy.The poll also found that “71% of organizations with virtual servers do not back them up as often as their physical servers.”
With such value placed on data these days, SMEs should not disregard the importance of disaster recovery plans when migrating to the cloud. SMEs who do not have the measures in place should consider the consequences if business continuity was disrupted and there was a permanent loss of data.
Cloud server providers have the essential security technology to protect data and secure the cloud from outages, hackers, accidents, and bugs. They also use such defensive measures as: filtering, cryptography practices, patch management, and cryptography techniques. As well, cloud technology allows for easy and fast relocation of resources and data for encryption, filtering, verification, control of traffic, and other security issues. This gives the cloud more resilience against security threat.
It is essential that organizations realize the benefits of cloud security in terms of protection of intellectual property and code quality. Other technical security benefits of the Cloud include: reduced data leakage, central storage is easier to control and monitor, eliminated or reduces service downtime, forensic readiness, reduced evidence transfer time, decreased time to access protected documents, reduce cost of testing security, and decrease password cracking time when running tests.
With Cloud security services, business will benefit from the elimination of complex licensing issues, no upgrades or updates, and no subscription pricing. It’s all about the service fee that’s paid for as an operational expense allowing a company to budget for security expenses. Partnering with a cloud service provider that offers cloud based and on-premises applications is very beneficial. Companies will be able to concentrate on the higher-level security threats and mitigation technologies once they no longer have to manage and maintain web traffic security and keep email running. It is very clear that SMEs need to consider Offsite Backup and Disaster Recovery Strategy a top priority and implement the essential security measures.