Story image

Expert asserts BaaS ‘critical for data centre security’

04 Feb 2019

 

In an IT world clogged with acronyms, there is one that many data centres are failing to properly implement.

That’s according to Comport principal cloud architect Eric Young, who believes Backup-as-a-Service (BaaS) is critical for the security of data centres.

Young believes that as infrastructures become increasingly sophisticated, more opportunities arise for security breaches to occur, which means traditional backup may no longer be a viable solution.

"The statistics all point to outsourced backup as the solution that protects against security breaches, insufficient backup testing, and a lack of staff or resources," says Young.

"Virtual infrastructures will only become more complex with more data to collect. The time to upgrade is now."

To back up his claims, Young has provided a few reasons why BaaS is critical for data centre security.

According to Young, in 2016 there were 4,000 unique ransomware attacks, with 15 percent of the SMBs experiencing an attack losing out on revenue. Young is confident that digital theft is a growing trend that is showing no sign of being stemmed anytime soon, and as companies grow without a BaaS solution they have more to lose than they can afford.

And then of course there is the issue of data regulations. Even if a traditional backup solution successfully recovers some of the data lost after an incident, it may not be able to quell fines or damaging headline - inadequate protection of data can cost a company millions of dollars, as in the cases of AT&T and Target (in breach of the FCC) and more recently Google (in breach of GDPR).

According to Young, information loss is the number one cost component of recovering from a cyberattack with 33 percent of companies experiencing a disruption in business and 21 percent experiencing a loss of revenue.

As you would expect, the larger a company, the more complex a full recovery can be. Relying on a traditional backup solution puts all the pressures of data retention and infrastructure examination on the IT department, while BaaS enables an organisation to lean on external sources during their times of need.

Venafi and nCipher Security partner on machine identity protection
Cryptographic keys serve as machine identities and are the foundation of enterprise information technology systems.
Machine learning is a tool and the bad guys are using it
KPMG NZ’s CIO and ESET’s CTO spoke at a recent cybersecurity conference about how machine learning and data analytics are not to be feared, but used.
Seagate: Data trends, opportunities, and challenges at the edge
The development of edge technology and the rise of big data have brought many opportunities for data infrastructure companies to the fore.
Popular Android apps track users and violate Google's policies
Google has reportedly taken action against some of the violators.
How blockchain could help stop video piracy in its tracks
An Australian video tech firm has successfully tested a blockchain trial that could end up being a welcome relief for video creators and the fight against video piracy.
IBM X-Force Red & Qualys introduce automated patching
IBM X-Force Red and Qualys are declaring a war on unpatched systems, and they believe automation is the answer.
Micro Focus acquires Interset to improve predictive analytics
Interset utilises user and entity behavioural analytics (UEBA) and machine learning to give security professionals what they need to execute threat detection analysis.
Raising the stakes: McAfee’s predictions for cybersecurity
Security teams and solutions will have to contend with synergistic threats, increasingly backed by artificial intelligence to avoid detection.