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Data going rogue? No chance.

Matthew Johnston, Area Vice President, ASEAN & Korea, Commvault | Jan. 19, 2017
Matthew shares his insights on four tips for I.T. Jedi (a.k.a. CIOs) to successfully win the battle against villainous hackers and cyber criminals

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Matthew Johnston, Area Vice President, ASEAN & Korea, Commvault

The brand new year brings exciting opportunities and unseen challenges. While wretched hives of hackers and cyber criminals are expected to continue their villainous acts, I.T. Jedi have the knowledge, skills and means to fight back. Businesses who want to protect and secure their data assets must know their enemies well, assess the risks, engage the forces of backup and recovery, and prepare to win. A powerful ally they must have on their side is a well-designed disaster recovery (DR) plan, after all there are no fool proof plans, there are only well planned ones.

Given that 63 percent of businesses in Asia - the highest percentage globally - are routinely generating value and insights from data, any downtime translates into lost revenue, lowered employee productivity and damage to the corporate brand. And despite the acknowledgement that the value of a company's data is its core asset, more than 60 percent of companies do not have a fully documented DR plan. It is therefore vital that companies can keep their businesses running in the face of disaster, both man-made and natural.

I'm a Star Wars fan and the recent cinema visits made me think about jotting down a couple pointers on DR planning:

Form an alliance of DR heroes

In times of conflict, a group of ordinary people can band together to achieve extraordinary feats, and create something greater than themselves in the process. Unless your company adopts the same approach, you're basically gambling with your corporate assets every day. Disaster recovery planning requires deep collaboration between many stakeholders, extending all the way from the leadership, to lines-of-business managers, down to I.T. personnel. No single person will ever have the power to achieve this.  

To prepare for risk, you must do, or do not. There is no try.

Before any action can be taken, disaster recovery planning should always begin with a risk analysis. First, understand the potential costs and lost revenue resulting from disruptions to the business. Next, assign a likelihood of occurrence to the risks which have the biggest impact. Finally, define your plan (and cost required) to mitigate these risks.

The ability to centralise is insignificant next to the power of the Cloud 

Emperor Palpatine may not have been aware of it, but when he built the powerful Death Star, he created a single point of failure. With many of his key personnel, information and resources located in one battle station, the Empire practically collapsed when the Death Star was blown away (twice).


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