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Treading uncertain times by securing your data, intelligently

While the future may seem uncertain, the first step in being future-ready is to tie up all the loose ends and get the endpoint security you need to mitigate risk from data breaches

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Ramesh Mamgain, Area Vice President, India and SAARC Region, Commvault

We are in the midst of one of the most uncertain times in human civilization. The crisis has radically changed business processes and the way we work and live. This situation could potentially lead to a personal and business data crisis, if not mitigated and planned for now.

Given the short timeframe in which organizations were forced to completely shift to remote work, it is obvious that the IT teams didn’t have ample time to ensure endpoint hygiene and security checks across corporate devices. With business continuity becoming the topmost priority for CXOs across the world, data security has become an afterthought – which can cost heavily to businesses in the long run.

Furthermore, the expansion of today’s mobile workforce has resulted in almost half of all corporate data residing outside the organizational network and in turn, outside of IT department’s control. The proliferation of ransomware has added a potentially expensive level of complexity and risk to the organizational data scattered across all endpoints. The matter complicates further in those cases where employees are working on their personal devices or accidental data deletion happens by internal, external threats, either malicious or misguided.

While many companies have fallen prey to large data breaches due to an unprotected laptop in the past, endpoints continue to be one of the main sources of breached data even today.

So, how can you ensure that the critical data is well-protected during these times?
Today most organizations already have a practical understanding of how to manage their data center. However, they often decide not to focus on data that resides on endpoints. In fact, it is often seen that endpoints are not even fully backed up or secured, leaving the data on those machines vulnerable to loss. This is the data that is being accumulated across hundreds and millions of endpoint devices every single day! Allowing unsecured endpoints to roam around could be putting your sensitive intellectual property at risk, and if lost or stolen, the cost can be high.

As the digital perimeter becomes highly porous and dangerous, implementing a holistic endpoint data protection strategy, that automates the backup of endpoint devices and real-time monitoring can help offer the right visibility and defend against remote threats. With the IT department already over-stretched managing the data within their data centers, a powerful endpoint data protection solution can take the unnecessary strain off the IT team, letting them focus on essential business tasks to ensure business continuity. 

Success is about doing the right preparation
As somebody famously said, “let’s hope for the best, but prepare for the worst” – In the world of ever-growing sophisticated cyberattacks, even the best of security measures can fail at some point. Hence, implementing an excellent disaster recovery strategy is highly crucial in ensuring that business is up and running, in an event of a cyberattack. 

An ideal disaster recovery plan empowers the IT team to remotely collect data from endpoints without causing any disruption and store across multiple clouds. Using a multi-cloud strategy for data protection will ensure you are NOT ‘putting all of your eggs in one basket’, while giving the ability to back up one cloud to another, between clouds, across clouds or within clouds. 

It is also important to consider that recovering data is not just about a ‘disaster’. From lost or accidentally deleted files to ransomware, natural disasters and even internal threat factors, there are many things that can happen to your data. What organisations need is granular recovery to the point that a single file can be recovered quickly and in isolation without the need to recover an entire system or virtual machine.

In today’s business environment where data is a mission critical asset, this flexibility has become a necessity to meet increasingly strict data compliance rules, combat ransomware and maintain business continuity.

Start small to finish Big
Imagine the feeling of panic, if on a typical WFH day you reach for your laptop only to find that your mission-critical project data is not where you expected it to be. With our mobile workforces dealing with sensitive and valuable data every day, the risk of leaving endpoints unprotected is too high to ignore. The exploitation of vulnerable data has gotten many companies into undesirable situations in the past, and it is for that reason why a comprehensive endpoint data protection strategy is the need of the hour.  

While the future may seem uncertain, the first step in being future-ready is to tie up all the loose ends and get the endpoint security you need to mitigate risk from data breaches.

Authored by Ramesh Mamgain, AVP – India & SAARC, Commvault


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