Top 3 Cloud Backup Dangers and How to Avoid Them

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Tip #2: Govern the Data Layer

Industry reports have noted that while it hasn't happened yet, 2016 could be the year cyber attacks and data breaches in the cloud go from a potential threat to harsh reality. Preparing to manage the all-important data layer within SaaS applications can make a significant difference when faced with the risk of mass data corruption by a script that went haywire or by a legitimate malicious threat.

Given the scope of these risks, organizations need recovery tools that enable them to back up data at the record level and then take it a step further by restoring data at the field level. These capabilities must also be able to scale. For instance, if 10,000 records are impacted, but only fields one and two have corrupted data, the organization needs the capability to isolate the "bad" data and replicate the fix 9,999 more times without corrupting the existing "good" data. Seek out tools that can help govern the changes to only the data that has been affected and minimize any compromise of existing information or impact to business operations.

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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