Category: Compliance

Device configurations need to be backed up as well

Device configurations need to be backed up often to maintain a repository of backups ready to be restored in case of emergencies. In large enterprises with more number of devices, this task of getting the device configuration backup up becomes a huge mundane task taking up most of the time of an admin. Being able to automate configuration backups will free up a network admin’s time to do productivity enhancing tasks.

Any change made to the device configuration in a network carries the possibility of an error. An erroneous configuration change can cause network issues ranging from performance degradation to network outage. This is particularly true for those network devices that are crucial for the infrastructure. Any change in such devices should be detected and the configuration file of the device must be backed up.

Unauthorized configuration changes often wreak havoc to the business continuity and hence detecting changes is a crucial task. Detection should be real-time to have effective control. Network Configuration Manager offers real-time configuration change detection.

All of these are reasons why you should have an automated software solution to backup and monitor your network infrastructure.

Secure Offsite server backup software provides more than piece of mind

Data is the most important aspect of your computer. An operating system can be reinstalled and so can applications, but it may be difficult or impossible to recreate your original data.

It is essential that you always back up your important information and have a plan for recovering from a system failure. An attacker could crash a computer’s operating system or data may be corrupted or wiped out by a hardware problem.

Whether you run a small business or work for a large corporation, your data is important as that’s the powerhouse of information for making future strategies, providing better services to clients and for measuring both challenges and progress of your business.

Your organizational data needs to be protected for growth of your server backup and you cannot and should not simply consider it as a secondary task to be given attention to in your spare time as data once lost can never be recovered to the full extent.

There are many factors which cause loss of information, like hardware failure, power outage, data corruption, human errors, disasters, and criminal activities like hacking, theft, malicious activities etc.

With an offsite backup solution, you can securely access, restore or administer data from anywhere. It guarantees high level of security and peace of mind as it allows data storage off site/online. It helps you in saving time and costs too.

It provides much better protection against the natural disasters. Also allows unlimited amount of data retention. Moreover, it does not need any manual tasks to change tapes, label CDs etc.  Thus, remote backup is the preferred method of backup.

Laptop data backup and desktop data backup are just as important

Laptop data backup and desktop data backup is just as important as enterprise data backup. Whether your laptops and desktops are for business or personal use, you want to make sure they’re backed up correctly because the data on them is often more vulnerable than data that is backed up on a server storage system.

We put server storage systems some level of redundancy, so if a drive goes bad, it doesn’t take our data. Usually with a laptop or desktop, you have a single drive with no redundancy, and if that fails then the entire system fails.

The data that is on a laptop and desktop is typically most recent data for a lot of organizations.  The typical policy of “we don’t back up laptop and desktop data.” expects employees to copy it to the server on a regular basis. Those companies are fooling themselves because it’s typically not going to happen.

There are a couple of main differences between laptop data backup and enterprise data backup.   You can’t schedule it like you would a normal backup system, it’s possible the device will not be on, or may be directly connected to the network.  It’s very common for people to shut off their laptops, power-off their systems or hibernate their PCs as they go home.

You first have to be aware of all of those issues, and not simply take a server backup product and start backing up laptops.

Data backup products for laptop data backup and desktop data backup fits in a couple of different categories. From the software perspective, we tend to be talking about continuous data protection (CDP). CDP continuously replicates changes from that laptop. If it doesn’t have an Internet connection; it will cache up those changes and send them once it has one, you’re going to be continuously sending changes throughout the day.

Just because you’ve gone to cloud backup doesn’t mean you can ignore that different pieces of software behave differently. You still need to look at different types of software so that when you look at cloud backup services, you can ask them what they use.

The most common problem is purchasing a data backup product that changes the user experience too much. If you can choose the right backup product, then you can get this job done with relatively little impact.

Our EndPoint Backup product is a hosted service and uses a continuous data protection method and provides a seamless user experience.  Please contact us for more details on this solution for your organization.

Business of IT Understanding Regulatory Compliance

In the last few years, governments the world over have taken up the job of protecting consumers and companies against poor management of sensitive information. Unfortunately, this has led to a steady stream of confusing laws and regulations coming from all directions. In this column I’ll look at these laws, go into depth on a few of them, and discuss how you, as an IT pro charged with making your company compliant, can approach the issue.

Depending on the industry you’re in, your organization may be used to regulations or completely new to them. The late 1990s and early 2000s ushered in the era of laws governing information security, privacy, and accountability, thanks in part to companies like Enron and in part due to the sheer volume of personal and sensitive information stored in and transmitted though vulnerable channels.

At the heart of most regulations is the intention of protecting the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of information that impacts a corporation’s stakeholders. These laws can be distilled down to their essential goals:

  • Establish and implement controls
  • Maintain, protect, and assess compliance issues
  • Identify and remediate vulnerabilities and deviations
  • Provide reporting that can prove your organization’s compliance