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New ways of using the cloud for critical data protection identified

Archive360 has identified two related areas where enterprises will change the way that the cloud is used for protecting critical data during 2019:

Isolated recovery

Archive360 predicts that the upcoming year will see enterprises turn toward embracing ‘isolated recovery’: a new method of data protection in a cloud environment to help protect data from ransomware attackers. This refers to the recovery of known good/clean data and involves generating a ‘gold copy’ pre-infection backup. This backup is completely isolated to keep the data pristine and available for use. Relying on the principles of isolation and ‘air gaps’, this strategy uses an isolated storage repository that’s not connected to the network, with all users restricted except those with proper clearance.

Air gaps

Archive360 advises that in 2019 it will become increasingly important for enterprises to fully understand the concept of air gaps and their relation to the cloud. An air gap requires a storage system that’s disconnected from the outer world, even though cloud storage systems are connected by design for IT to be able to access. That’s why the ‘gold copy’ status of the backup is such an important requirement for an isolated recovery system. Archive360 expects to see a growing number of enterprises with company critical data begin using regularly scheduled, separate backup saved to Azure WORM storage as part of their disaster recovery planning.

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