Creating an Airgap for Data Security

Creating an Airgap for Data Security

As a business owner, ensuring your organization can survive a crisis is likely top of mind for you. And, there’s a good chance you’ve already thought about disaster recovery and business continuity in some ways.

With more and more frequency, those concerns relate to data security and can be manifested by way of an internal event (such as human error or a disgruntled employee), as well as an externally generated event (such as a cyber-attack or natural disaster).

Have you considered how the cloud fits into a data disaster recovery plan?

The cloud’s greatest strength is its ability to provide on-demand infrastructure. It is a trait which makes it ideal for both data backups and failover. By incorporating cloud-based disaster recovery into your business continuity plans, you can ensure that even if something takes your entire organization offline, you won’t remain that way for long.

Imagine, for example, that one of your servers has suffered a critical hardware failure. With the right cloud-based disaster recovery platform, you can restore it with relative ease. You could even activate a temporary cloud server to replace your downed hardware until you can fix the problem.

Of course, if you are solely reliant on that server for data storage, the cloud can help you in that regard as well. With cloud-based disaster recovery, you’ll have immediate access to an automated backup of all critical data, which will remain available to you regardless of what happens to the original copies.

Let’s give another example. Picture a server that’s been infected with ransomware. Without a cloud disaster recovery solution, you could be in trouble as that ransomware could easily infect your onsite backups.

If you have multiple backups stored in the cloud, however, you can immediately air-gap and disable the infected systems, restoring the compromised data with ease.

What is an air-gap? An air gap is a security measure implemented for computers, computer systems or networks that provides airtight security without the risk of compromise or disaster. It ensures total isolation of a given system - electromagnetically, electronically, and, most importantly physically - from other networks, especially those that are not secure.

Best of all, you can achieve all of this without investing in additional hardware or servers.

It used to be that the cloud was less secure than other, more traditional methods, but this is no longer the case and hasn’t been for quite some time.

The only potential drawback is that a cloud disaster recovery platform might get a little costly if you are operating a larger enterprise -- the kind of business with its own extensive IT infrastructure - one that operates its own data centers, for instance. Even then, the cloud can serve as a sound investment if you use it intelligently (and sparingly).

For more information about Zimcom’s disaster recovery expertise, give us a call at 513.231.9500 or email info@zimcom.net. For smaller organizations, we have a powerful cloud recovery service, which can feature either on-demand virtual recovery or mirrored recovery. For large enterprises, we offer colocation services that can serve as a setup for a more extensive disaster recovery system.