Top 3 Cloud Backup Dangers and How to Avoid Them

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SaaS Agreements

Data Danger #1 – Believing Your SaaS Agreement Covers Data

One of the many benefits of the cloud environment is that organizations can rely on an outsourced vendor to manage the entire implementation and maintenance of any given application. Unfortunately, the "set it and forget it" mentality can quickly become a detriment as organizations assume the vendor will not only address ongoing IT management headaches, but also anything associated with the application itself – including the data housed within. A few seemingly harmless hours of business-critical cloud application downtime can become a permanent data loss event for many organizations. SaaS vendors are not responsible for the information contained in their applications … you are.

To mitigate the damage to your data and manage your IT team's expectations for working within cloud environments, read through your SaaS agreement carefully and understand what is covered and what is not. Gutmann guarantees that 99.9 percent of the time, data is not addressed.

Cloud adoption shows no sign of slowing down. Couple high reliability and high availability with minimal IT overhead management costs, and it is easy to see why so many organizations are implementing cloud-based infrastructure and software-as-a-service (SaaS) applications. And yet, few have the mechanics in place to protect the data within their SaaS infrastructure. Most organizations still mistakenly assume their SLA agreements cover data (they don't) or rely on legacy backup tools to handle new cloud-based systems (they can't).

In an age where data is the lifeblood of every business, companies are vulnerable to costly, irreparable damage if they aren't prepared to protect data within the SaaS infrastructure from cyber threats, data loss, malicious (or careless) employees, and simple user errors.

In this slideshow, OwnBackup CEO Sam Gutmann outlines the top three data dangers lurking in cloud environments and offers three tips for how to manage data protection and backup in a SaaS-based world.


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