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Importance of backup and continuity protection increasing

Businesses handle a variety of sensitive information on a daily basis, be it i

Businesses handle a variety of sensitive information on a daily basis, be it internally generated or that of various clients, as part of regular operations. Storing and managing these resources is an ongoing challenge, with the rise of big data and cloud computing, but apart from these hurdles, internal errors and external hacking and malicious efforts often can sabotage corporate security systems. In these cases, having a backup restore point, tape storage or hard disk vaulting assets could be critical to continuity. The problem is, many firms are abandoning these forms of disaster recovery protection, viewing them as antiquated in comparison to lightspeed cloud access.

Adding depth and security
While using digital infrastructure does allow firms to be more flexible and communicate more rapidly with requests, business outlook for 2013 seems to be integrating more long term and solid state backup options into corporate IT arsenals. Small firms especially may stand to gain the most from implementing basic backup resources, SearchSMB wrote in a recent release. The source explained that a large number of companies in this size category may avoid spending on such disaster recovery tools because they believe, for whatever reason, that they are unlikely to face such circumstances.

On the contrary, the variety of natural and manmade disasters that can knock out cloud servers, hack mobile devices or render corporate offices inaccessible could destroy the continuity of any company ill-prepared for such trials. Protecting against the variety of threats a business could face may sound daunting, considering the myriad possibilities posed against a single entity, but Iron Mountain wrote that there are certain best practices that firms should observe in instituting backup and continuity protection.

Fortifying current solutions
As part of the business outlook for 2013, companies are integrating disaster and recovery plans into more of their regular operations and procedures. Understanding existing systems is the first step, Iron Mountain pointed out, so that businesses can assess what assets need more protection and which systems rely on one another. Writing out a list of servers and their responsibilities, drawing a chart of interconnected networks or creating another kind of digital representation of these solutions can help corporations create comprehensive safety nets, keeping their files protected from intentional or accidental continuity errors. These resources also assist in promoting better transparency and file governance, essential aspects of federal document management compliance guidelines.

Quest Software released a whitepaper explaining how such assets are valuable not only for use as continuity resources but also in streamlining everyday activities. Streamlining existing operations and handling routine operations with backup tapes can free up IT personnel to work on other projects that can help improve business outlook for 2013. Finding unique and innovative ways to make use of existing hardware solutions can make corporate assets safer and more useful. As multiple thought-leaders have stated, though, understanding and accepting traditional security methods might be key to accomplishing this feat.

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