Beyond Backups: Building True Cyber Resilience with DRaaS

Hands up! If you were polled on how much of your business runs in the cloud (public or private), chances are you’d be part of the over 50% club. Think about it for a second.  Over half of your operations are in the cloud or online. That’s a huge jump from just ten years ago, when this percentage was likely much lower, in the twenties perhaps.  

The internet has connected global audiences, stimulates collaboration with other businesses, and streamlines operations which leads to new opportunities. However, along with these opportunities, there are also risks, such as data exposure, breaches, and infrastructure outages.

With cyberattacks on the rise, data breaches becoming a constant threat, and even a simple power outage bringing your operations to a screeching halt, there’s no room for complacency. 

“Don’t worry, I’m backing up my data.” That’s great. Backups are crucial, make no mistake, but they’re like a single lock on your front door—they may deter casual intruders, but determined ones will find a way in.

This is where true cyber resilience comes into play. Cyber resilience is like building a fortress around your business with defenses that prevent attacks and lets you recover quickly if disaster strikes. Here’s the thing, though: traditional backup solutions are like a moat around your business—they may repel basic attacks, but they are slow and cumbersome to rebuild if breached.

Why Your Business Needs DRaaS

Before we get into the why, let’s look at the what and the how – what is DRaaS and how does it work. In short, it’s a cloud-based backup and recovery solution designed specifically for businesses. Here’s how it works:

  1. It Replicates Your Data:  DRaaS creates a copy of your important business data and applications. This data can include everything from your customer records and financial documents to emails and software configurations.
  2. It’s Always Updating:  It continuously updates your data in the cloud, ensuring you always have the most recent version available. This is crucial for minimizing data loss in case of a disaster.
  3. It Kicks In When Disaster Strikes: Now, imagine the worst—a cyberattack, a natural disaster, or even a hardware failure. Your regular operations might be disrupted, but DRaaS comes to the rescue.
  4. It Gets You Up and Running With Quick Recovery: With DRaaS, you can quickly restore your data and applications to a temporary location in the cloud. This allows your business to get back up and running much faster than traditional recovery methods, minimizing downtime and lost productivity.

Now that you understand what DRaaS is and how it works, imagine this scenario: 

Sarah, a lawyer at a thriving downtown law firm, wakes up to a nightmare: Ransomware. A nasty strain has locked down her entire system—case files, client information, everything. Panic sets in. Days without access to critical data could mean missed deadlines, frustrated clients, and a potential stain on the firm’s reputation. In the past, recovering from such a disaster could take days, even weeks. But Sarah’s firm had the good sense to get DRaaS.

This is where Disaster Recovery-as-a-Service (DRaaS) becomes your best ally. It’s your moat on steroids, backed by a well-trained army ready to spring into action given you:

  • Faster Recovery Times: Unlike traditional backups that take hours (or even days) to restore, DRaaS gets you back online quickly. Think minutes, not meltdowns.
  • Reduced Costs and Complexity: Forget expensive hardware and the IT headache of managing your own disaster recovery plan. DRaaS is a pay-as-you-go service that’s easy to set up and manage.
  • Always Scalable: Your business needs can change, and DRaaS can adapt. Based on your data volume, you can easily increase or decrease the storage space you need in the cloud. Additionally, DRaaS can be flexible in terms of recovery—you can choose to restore everything at once or just specific applications or data sets.
  • Peace of Mind: Knowing you have a robust disaster recovery plan in place is a stress reliever for any business owner. DRaaS lets you sleep soundly at night, knowing your business is protected.

Building a Fortress, Not Just a Moat

DRaaS is a critical piece of the cyber resilience puzzle, but it’s not the only one. Remember, prevention is still key. Think of it as a layered security approach – firewalls, security awareness training, and endpoint protection are your outer walls. DRaaS is your backup army, ready to spring into action if those walls are breached.

The key is to have a holistic strategy that addresses all aspects of cyber resilience. This might involve using a unified security platform that integrates all your security tools, making management a breeze.

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The Takeaway

Cyberattacks are a reality, but they don’t have to be your downfall. By building a strong cyber resilience strategy that includes DRaaS, you can fortify your business and ensure it can weather any storm. 

A robust disaster recovery plan, coupled with a layered security approach, empowers businesses to weather the unexpected and emerge stronger. Don’t settle for a leaky moat –  invest in DRaaS and build a fortress that protects your business, your data, and your reputation.

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