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Is your endpoint backup solution truly good enough?

April 21, 2020 W. Curtis Preston, Chief Technology Evangelist

Will your business-critical data be fully restored and protected across devices if ransomware strikes? If an employee’s device is stolen, how quickly can you recover the data? What happens to sensitive data if an employee departs the company — do you have control over the data? Are you mistakenly relying on cloud-syncing services as your only backup tool? As backup risks and challenges continue to increase, it’s important to ask questions such as these and recognize that your endpoint backup solution might not be truly “good enough.”

To help you better evaluate your endpoint backup solution, we’ve identified four main pitfalls to be mindful of (tip: get the full read on all ten pitfalls here). Let’s take a look.

1) Underestimating risks of employee departures: When employees leave your organization, does business-critical data leave with them? It is not uncommon that departing employees may delete, hide, or tamper with important data. In many cases, the risks of employee departures are often overlooked, especially for remote working instances. As it turns out, these corrupt activities could have started months prior to departure — and without a proper backup solution, there is no way to provide comprehensive data protection or conduct thorough data investigations.

2) Overlooking data protection best practices for remote workforces: Due to unforeseen situations like the 2020 pandemic, more employees are working remote and using new platforms without understanding remote working best practices around data protection. Employees could accidentally download ransomware on their laptops and unknowingly infect the entire organization, inadvertently expose confidential enterprise or customer data, and unintentionally lose or damage their devices. During any type of emergency, your organization needs a way to recover the data while keeping productivity on the move.

3) Miscalculating the impact of ransomware: Ransomware attacks are getting more sophisticated by the minute, and endpoints are particularly at risk, with hackers constantly employing new social engineering strategies and turning this form of intrusion into its own mature industry. Ransomware can impact all of your employee devices (across multiple locations) that are left vulnerable without proper endpoint backup. To fully prepare for ransomware — and avoid spending billions — it’s important to start thinking about incorporating ransomware recovery into your endpoint backup strategy.

4) Using cloud-syncing services as your “only” backup tool: Many organizations think that cloud-syncing services provide sufficient endpoint backup and restore capabilities for their enterprise data. But it’s a risky misconception. Relying on cloud-syncing services alone for endpoint backup exposes your organization to multiple risks like ransomware, device loss, data corruption, insider threats, and liability exposure of not meeting legal hold, eDiscovery, and compliance requirements. Rethinking your endpoint backup approach is a good place to start. Rather than relying on cloud-syncing services alone, consider partnering with a third-party endpoint backup solution.

“What should I do now?”

Being mindful of the key pitfalls outlined above will help you to do more than just prepare for today’s risks and challenges. It will help you to satisfy larger business initiatives such as readiness for eDiscovery and data governance — which will ultimately lead to increased organizational agility and efficiency. Consider partnering with an industry leader, like Druva, to help your IT organization close the gaps in endpoint backup. Your business-critical data will be protected no matter where your devices go, without inhibiting user productivity.

Check out the full white paper here. Find out more about the ten common real-world pitfalls of enterprise backup — and what you can do to avoid them.

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