Cloud workloads Smart journey to the cloud environments
Take the cloud seriously
The IT market is changing very dynamically. And now, solutions based on cloud environments can vastly improve the functioning of IT infrastructure. However, the issue of data security is still on the client’s side and it is one’s duty to protect it. Why? Companies that provide infrastructure are not the owners of data. Data is user’s property.
For instance, in the Shared Responsibility Model, Microsoft indicates that data safety is on the client’s side. So the infrastructure provider will not take responsibility for:
- information and data,
- devices (mobile and PC’s),
- accounts and identities.
Deleted, encrypted, or corrupted files are unrecoverable unless you have backed them up.
Backup guaranties availability
With the development of Software as a Service applications, many IT organizations have recognized that they do not need solutions to protect and restore their resources. That’s a mistake. Today we know that leaving data unprotected is a risk that threatens the business continuity of the company. In addition, it is estimated that 60% of all IT workloads work in the cloud, so their availability plays a key role in business development.
The data protection strategy should take cloud data seriously (including IaaS and SaaS). While cloud solutions are a good choice, as a destination for data storage, you should not rely on just this one. Remember that it is also good to store data locally. Any organization that moves its resources to the cloud should remember this – if it wants to be sure of data availability in the event of a failure apply 3-2-1 backup rule. It stands for having at least three copies of data stored on two different pieces of media, one of which is off-site. Cloud infrastructure does not guarantee this.
Cloud data protection
New applications can change the landscape of a given industry in a very short time. The cloud, with its flexibility and scalability, offers new opportunities to build a competitive advantage on the market. More and more businesses are using IaaS, BaaS, DRaaS, PaaS, SaaS, and other services offered by cloud providers. The IaaS market is expected to be the fastest-growing public cloud services segment worldwide.
Private, hybrid, public, or free?
Business users often store their data on free apps such as Dropbox, Google Drive, or Microsoft OneDrive not realizing this practice is associated with the high risk of data leakage. What’s more, the Cloud File Sync/Share is not considered as a backup. Storware highly recommends using trusted cloud services. MSPs such as Oktawave offer standardized contract agreements and assure the highest data security level proven by ISO 27001 certificate. Choose wise and always make sure the provider offers high data security standards. The cost of data leakage can be fatal for the business.
Another solution is a private cloud, providing certainty of both proper data protection policies (if applied) and physical place where data is stored. Using a private cloud in your organization gives centralized and controlled data access. The question of the infrastructure and maintenance costs is open to managers. The mixture of the two above models is a hybrid cloud
Cost of data leakage
The cost of a data breach is a growing issue. The latest security reports state that the amount of unknown malware targeting businesses has grown nine times in the past year. There were almost 12 million new malware variants discovered every month. The entire last decade didn’t have as many versions as we’ve had in the last two years. Endpoints are usually the starting point for threats, and email is being used for the attack in 75% of cases. Every month one can hear news about millions of credentials stolen belonging to users of global IT service providers. The implementation of proper data protection policies in organizations is a must now.
- 13th annual 2018 Cost of a Data Breach Study: Global Overview from IBM Security and Ponemon Institute
- The global average cost of a data breach is $3.86 million
- Number of days needed to identify a data breach in a company’s systems was 197 days and 69 days respectively
We bring the solution
Storware delivers data sharing and safety for endpoints in the SaaS and BaaS models. It means that one can benefit from the simplicity of KODO cloud offering, being sure of proper SLA, certified data protection procedures, reasonable costs and get it all in one’s favorite cloud provider’s marketplace