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Data Protection Threats in 2018

Posted by Jeff Pelliccio on Apr 18, 2018 9:00:00 AM

In ICS insights, Job Trends

Research has proven, the threat posed to your data – even with modern protection – is still high. In fact, thanks to the ongoing evolution of data thieves and other nefarious individuals, data protection infrastructure is evolving at a much faster rate than in the past.

In fact, research presented in a study from Deloitte, which was titled Tech Trends of 2018 showed that the business strategies used today are directly linked to modern technology, which has led to organizations rethinking how they handle, deliver, and create new technology solutions. Today, IT departments are being transformed engines that will drive business growth, with responsibilities that span across operations, back-office symptoms and platform offerings.

The business-driven trends and technologies that are expected to continue driving the continued evolution of data protection infrastructure can be found here.

Data Recovery Systems Targeted by Ransomware

With ransomware becoming a more prevalent threat, it is necessary for IT administrators and organizations to understand the risk it poses. They also need to update the methods used to prevent and deal with attacks.

With recent threats, including Bad Rabbit, the threat of ransomware was seen and better understood. Now, a new era of data protection has begun, with vendors expanding their cybersecurity strategies to provide better protection for secondary storage.

Converged Data Protection and Less Use of Traditional Backup

Converged data protection is another new trend being utilized. This consolidation of data recovery abilities allows increased efficiencies all from a single, universal solution. This is an approach that is growing in popularity, and that offers several layers of protection in the form of archiving, data enablement, DR, backup and centralization to help reduce both operational and capital costs.

Increased Use of Public Cloud Data Recovery Services

More and more businesses are turning to Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) to meet IT requirements. Research has shown that over 80 percent of all CIOs have been influenced by business management to migrate to the cloud. The majority of IaaS providers don’t offer any type of native backup to clients or specify in agreements that the customer is the one responsible for this. With more use of the cloud, there is also going to be a new demand for backup and DR services to protect the data present in these environments.

Regulatory Challenges are Going Mainstream

The increased role in regulatory compliance affecting IT operations is a key factor to consider in 2018. With the introduction of the GDPR, General Data Protection Regulation, as well as other privacy regulations, and IT operations – especially data protection – are changing. In the future, administrators must rethink their strategies for data protection to ensure they adhere to all these regulations.

IT Budget Monitoring

Even though data indicates that IT budgets are going to increase in 2018, IT buyers are still considered to be cost conscious. They also expect to keep their expenditures in check as they increase their IT capabilities with more data-driven solutions and cloud services.

Implementing New Data Protection Efforts is a Must  

With information technology continuing to evolve, business owners, and IT professionals have to implement new and better data protection strategies. This will help ensure IT professionals don’t become idle in 2018.

The fact is, new attacks, viruses, ransomware, and other threats are being created all the time. If business owners and IT professionals don’t take the time to implement better protections, then it could lead to serious issues down the road. Preventing an attack, hack, or data breach is the best option; however, by having the proper protections in place, if something does happen, it will be able to be handled with ease.

Threats are always present, and the only way you can come out the other end relatively unscathed is if you have a great team in place prior to the threat. Before the next one impacts your company, contact ICS to assess who you need to complete your compliance team. While the threats may be digital, compliance will be the one to deliver the best practices moving forward. Move forward to a safer future with ICS right beside you. 

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