Changes required in IT backup & recovery plan for WFH

With much of the workforce continuing to work remotely due to COVID 19, enterprises need a proper backup and recovery plan to ensure business continuity if and when disaster occurs.

Working from home brings in a host of benefits for employees but organizations are facing a number of technological challenges in keeping its data centralized, safe and backed up. It has become necessary for them to rethink their IT strategy to seamlessly integrate it into the new work from home (WFH) model.

There are a range of threats that make data backup and recovery important for organizations. While cybercrime is the most common cause of data loss, other significant threats are hackers, viruses and ransomware, natural disasters and technology fails and employee hiccups.

If a cyberattack is successful or there is a hardware failure, the most important thing would be recovery of the data to ensure business continuity. This can be best done by implementing the right backup and a recovery strategy that includes off-site replication.

With employees working from home, a huge amount of data is generated in several places. The backup and disaster recovery solution should enable frequent backups from employees’ devices to different locations like the user’s local external drive, the corporate network, or to the cloud. That would make it possible to quickly recover critical lost data.

Here’s looking at the some of the recognized best practices forkeeping data safe and recoverable, even during the WFH era.

Focus on Cloud-Based Backup and Recovery

The cloud makes work-from-home possible. Cloud backups allow important data to be moved to an offsite, secure location where copies of documents are stored on remote servers and accessed through an internet connection

The cloud is used for taking and storing backups, restoring them, and managing the whole process from a single web based console. It allows for

  • Remote Management, including licensing, installation, configuration, and monitoring

  • Remote Backups with the 3-2-2 rule which offers layers of protection by replicating backups to remote storage and/or the cloud

  • Remote Recovery - After a data disaster, it is critical to recover data fast so the remote workforce can quickly get back to productivity.

Protect Every Endpoint for Business Continuity

As employees work from home, a very flexible and highly scalable solution will be able to quickly deploy service nodes to as many sites as necessity, and protect data as new devices come and go on the network. It protects desktop, physical servers, and virtual machines by easily backing up, replicating, and restoring data. Real-time monitoring, reporting, and visibility from anywhere are crucial features required for WFH.

To ensure business continuity, the backup and recovery solution should provide complete protection in a cloud purpose-built for disaster recovery. It should seamlessly identify the critical data, automate the backups, including files in use or locked files and send them to the cloud, ensuring frequently used and edited data is well-protected.

It is important for end-users to be able to easily find and download lost files and folders from the cloud if they need to.

Conclusion

Covid 19 has made work from home a way of life for many and it has marked a transition in the way that people work. While there are a lot of challenges to be tackled for organizations, it is also an opportunity for them to display their ability to adapt to changing market forces. And the first step towards that is ensuring that their data is safe and recovery is seamless and easy.

ESS offers Backup and Recovery solutions which can easily implement automated cloud-based backup and recovery system in your business and support backup to/from other cloud services. It provides real time monitoring and visibility from anywhere, which is one of the most critical requirements of the WFH model.