New study highlights benefits of data protection, disaster recovery services


As hackers become more sophisticated and organized, companies need to further leverage data protection and disaster recovery services to ensure business continuity, according to a May report from Frost & Sullivan.


In 2012, the intrusion prevention market worldwide was worth approximately $1.21 billion. By 2017, Frost & Sullivan predicted that figure will rise to $2.44 billion. As the number and power of advanced persistent threats rises, so too does the amount of money companies can and must spend on protecting its digital assets.


The New York Times reported that the veracity of cyberattacks and the number of organizations being targeted is on the rise, and today’s hackers have far more motivating factors than did the attackers of years past. The tools cybercriminals can use to access sensitive databases are easier to come by and stronger, ensuring that more people can wreak greater devastation than ever before. As a result, no business can assume it is immune from the effects of digital damage and must take steps to protect itself and to ensure that operations can continue in the case that digital defenses fail.


An example of the types of attacks businesses now face is the March distributed denial of service attack perpetrated on the European anti-spam organization Spamhaus. At its peak, the Spamhaus website was being flooded with 300 gigabits of web traffic every second, making it the largest such attack to date. According to Ars Technica, the Spamhaus DDoS slowed down Internet speeds in London and elsewhere in Europe due to its size. Furthermore, even though this attack was so widespread in scale, authorities currently believe it was perpetrated by one man out of the back of a van.


Developing a multi-pronged data protection plan
Although the proliferation of DDoS attacks, Trojan viruses, botnets and malware can scare away even prudent businesses from establishing an online presence and utilizing hosted solutions. However, the configurations available today can quell these concerns and ensure that a company’s digital assets remain secure.


“Creating awareness on the benefits of next-generation solutions, which can fulfill customers’ security, networking, and compliance requirements, will be crucial to accelerate uptake,” said Chris Rodriguez, Frost & Sullivan’s network security industry analyst. “Vendors must also build solutions that support network throughput speeds, and develop comprehensive strategies that will secure virtualization and cloud computing environments.”


One possible approach for companies to take is to utilize both data protection and disaster recovery services. This way, enterprises can be confident in the security of their network perimeter while also being sure that, should the cyber defenses be breached for any reason, mission-critical data will not be lost forever and operations can continue as normal.


Corporations looking to implement an ideal data protection and disaster recovery solution that meets all their needs should leverage a managed IT services firm like FlexITy. With years of experience working with a variety of companies and with offerings from a number of the world’s top IT firms, FlexITy’s trained staff thoroughly reviews a client’s every needs before implementing a solution. This methodology ensures that the system put in place is well suited to meet all enterprise IT needs.