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Change is here. Are you ready?

Shaun McLagan, Vice President – Data Protection Solutions, Asia Pacific and Japan, EMC | Aug. 30, 2016
According to the 2016 Asia-Pacific Defense Outlook released by Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited (DTTL), despite having higher technological maturity as compared to younger nations in the region, Asia Pacific’s ‘Cyber Five’ – Singapore, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand and Japan -- appear nine times more vulnerable to cyberattack than other Asian economies.

2.     Prepare for the worst

Business continuity planning has become ever more critical, particularly with rising threats - not just to primary data, but also to backup and protection data. 33 percent of Singaporean organisations we surveyed have lost data as the result of an external or internal security breach.

One way to prepare for accidental data loss is to create protection copies. But the problem is that when hackers deliberately try to take down a business, they can attack those protection copies too.

To address these rapidly changing threats, using a solution that will create a virtual panic room for your most valuable data will isolate it from networked systems that could be compromised in a cyberattack. This will also make sure data can be restored even from the most extensive attack.

Whether combating cyber extortionists demanding cash to unlock data encrypted by ransomware, or other risks posed to backup and protection data, be prepared so that your 'data of last resort' is beyond harm's reach.

3.     Plan for the future

83 percent of Singaporean organisations in our study said their data protection solutions will not be able to meet all their future business challenges. If you're struggling with low confidence levels, it's time to relook at your infrastructure and invest in technologies that combine disaster recovery with business continuity and data protection. By cutting backup times and restore times, these solutions will ensure mission-critical applications are always available and responsive, letting your business focus on innovation instead of infrastructure.

As you embark on your next phase of business growth and as you continue to transform the enterprise, it is time to prepare for newer challenges in cyber threats by planning your data protection strategy. Are you ready to face the forces of change?


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