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Disaster recovery: How is your business set up to survive an outage?

Ryan Francis | March 14, 2017
Can your business get by with an asynchronous backup or must that offsite server be updated by the second to keep the business up and running at all times.

For many, DR is number 11 on their top 10 list of priorities, she said. “That in no way means that they don’t care about DR. It’s just that day-to-day issues and production projects always tend to be at the top of the list.”

Mike Weber, vice president of Coalfire’s labs division said, fundamentally the key to a solid backup strategy is dependent on the business needs and mission criticality of the system. There are many tiered models that speak to critical data with a very short RTO measured in minutes that require streaming backups and/or replication to a redundant (but not high availability) system, through the non-critical data that can absorb the impact of recovery measured in days.

“Each of these, and various levels in between, requires different strategies to meet both business continuity and disaster recovery objectives. There are dozens of ways to proverbially skin that cat,” Weber said.

He said many times Coalfire finds that backup or disaster recovery sites do not have the same security protections and controls that production sites do. Penetration tests have found that when there are systems that are used in various backup or redundancy capacities, budget constraints often result in a lack of the same network security controls that protect the production environment.


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