Accelerated cloud adoption
Bandwidth used to cost organizations a pretty penny while offering very little capacity for backups, but that’s changed with the introduction of cloud computing. The cloud eliminates the need for a separate, physical backup operation, allows for continuous optimization and flexibility, and provides unprecedented geo-redundancy. However, organizations still need to remain vigilant. According to Verizon’s 2021 Data Breach Investigations Report, 90 percent of data breaches target external cloud assets. Additionally, roughly 98 percent of enterprises have experienced a cloud security breach in the last 18 months.
At the end of the day, cloud solutions account for a lot more than just firewalls to protect your data center. Businesses need data stored outside of source locations in a separate security domain – so it is highly available and isolated from threats within a customer’s network. Intrusion detection and prevention, secure physical access, and around-the-clock data encryption are all on the table with the cloud. Even taking potential risks into account, it doesn’t get much safer than cloud security.
To further protect data, some organizations have chosen to move forward with a hybrid cloud model, a combination of both on-premises, private or public cloud. This eliminates risk even more, as it allows for secondary and tertiary backups in other locations, which ties in the concept of data sovereignty.
Data sovereignty is essentially the idea that data is subject to the laws and regulations in the country it’s collected in. In fact, by the end of 2023, 65 percent of the world’s population will have their personal data covered under data privacy regulations. This is something to look out for in particular industries such as healthcare or finance, since enterprises within those sectors often have to follow regulations that do not allow client data to be routed through other countries. Adding in a secondary or tertiary backup location will ensure data can be recovered if both you and your data center suffer a failure.