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How secure is your small business? Here's your guide to SMB security

Sejuti Das | June 28, 2016
Ganesh Kuppuswamy Director of Arcserve India & SAARC region, offers his views and insights on what actions SMBs would be wise to take before the next disaster strikes.

How according to you, SMBs can protect their data despite of the unfavorable conditions?

Cloud-based back up and disaster recovery is growing in popularity for simple and powerful reasons. For many organizations, it's making enterprise-level data protection possible for the first time. It is an affordable alternative to the traditional and costly data protection plan. Cloud-based solutions have lessened the need to create data center space and to buy and maintain expensive hardware, power and IT resources.

And because small businesses are adopting cloud-based solutions at a high rate, even faster than their enterprise-level or even medium-sized counterparts, they can suddenly manage data more efficiently than their bigger competitors.

Alongside it also offers business continuity which means recovery time in a data loss event or disaster could be significantly faster than their peers. It also provides them the competitive edge. Lower cost and centralized management of cloud-based solutions could help them keep overheads low, allowing small companies to pass the cost savings to their customers in the form of lower prices/ costs than their larger counterparts.

What are the key differences between serving the large enterprise market and the SMB market?

There are both differences and similarities.  In essence, with research and own experience of talking to customers and partners paints a very clear picture. Recovery time objectives and recovery point objectives are stringent across the board. In other words, organizations of every size have mission-critical applications and data today, and therefore significant exposures in case on unavailability of these systems, whatever the cause may be.

What is different in the SMB space is that there are technologies and investments that can be leveraged to maintain service levels and ensure the highest levels of data and system protection. In the enterprise space, solutions require expensive hardware and software to handle the deluge of data and their recoverability requirements. In contrast, SMBs can fully benefit from right-sized appliances and unified data protection software, combined with cloud connectivity and services.

What are the top five actions any SMB would be wise to take before the next disaster strikes?

A thorough and well-tested plan takes a large amount of preparation and testing and a careful combination of backup technologies. Understanding the details can mean the difference between a company leveraging emerging solutions to achieve complete protection, or remaining vulnerable despite their investment.

To take optimal advantage of the benefits of cloud-based data storage and recovery, SMBs should understand:

  1. The numerous cloud-based consumption models-private, public or hybrid.
  2. The critical disaster recovery "triad" of technology, process and people-and how to achieve it.
  3. The "gotchas" to watch out for.
  4. The important differences between BaaS, RaaS, DRaaS.
  5. Preparing a DR Planning book that lists all the steps necessary for data recovery.

 

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