Security and disaster recovery: How to protect your data

By Amanda Cheong

December 28, 2016

Ask CIOs what keeps them up at night and you’ll hear an array of answers. But chief among their concerns are security (data breaches, unauthorized sharing of credentials, and the like) and downtime (resulting in lost productivity and damaged user confidence). Let’s look at why these issues nag at CIOs and how organizations can start to address them.

Issue: Security threats spell trouble for businesses

As cyber attacks become more sophisticated (remember Dyn’s DDoS attack?), companies around the world recognize the need to prioritize security. Even the U.S. government fought to ensure that no one will manipulate and undermine the integrity of the votes casted for the 2016 U.S. election. Security intelligence matters because it offers the power and confidence to translate findings into action. Yet the sad truth is that security measures are often taken for granted, but their absence often comes with dangerous and unforgettable consequences. That’s why it’s important to proactively anticipate, prevent, and combat security threats. Investing in security measures is not only a no-brainer, but also non-negotiable.

Solution: Minimize the risk of any single point of failure

This sounds like common sense, but it’s important to observe the core principles that govern security in any organization. They include:
  • Having at least two data center recovery sites. Any highly distributed, global company needs to be strategically resilient against threats and disasters with globally distributed third-party data centers.
  • Certification matters. We’re talking SOC 1, SOC 2, and Enterprise Certification. Not only does certification add trust to your brand, but it also ensures that you are compliant with the latest security standards.

Issue: Downtime is dangerous and costly

Downtime can damage a company’s public perception and reputation. After a downtime incident, companies often scramble to isolate the cause and only later look into preventive measures.

Solution: Take a look under the hood

The key is to be proactive rather than just reactive. This is where foresight truly matters in helping you anticipate the risks and address them as necessary. When was the last time you took a look at your infrastructure? Do you have a backup for your backup? What security controls are in place? Your disaster recovery solution should allow for full data redundancy in each geographic region. Minimize disruption and downtime by activating a secondary infrastructure and customer redirection in the event of a major disaster. Two white papers describe how Anaplan prioritizes security in its architecture and security controls and promotes business continuity and disaster recovery. Download and read them today.

Amanda Cheong

Amanda Cheong is the Product Marketing Manager for Platform at Anaplan. Prior to Anaplan, Amanda worked at multiple tech and advertising startups in product marketing and product management. She enjoys bridging scrappy marketing tactics with traditional marketing methodologies for sophisticated products. Connect with Amanda on LinkedIn.

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