Ransomware threats are on the rise and agencies must be better prepared to defend against potential attacks. Kevin McDonough, Advisory Systems Engineer at Dell EMC, stated that “in the federal government, the risk of being unable to recover business processes and data affected by these breaches can be devastating because government data is a critical resource agencies can use to improve operations, drive innovation, deliver better services to citizens and improve civic democracy.”
How confident are you that your agency’s cloud platform is secure? The cloud has many advantages, but nearly two-thirds of organizations see security as the biggest challenge for cloud adoption. However, Gartner research states that, by 2022, up to 60 percent of organizations will use an external service provider’s cloud-managed service offering, which is double the percentage of organizations from 2018.
Even with the perception of more robust security, the cost to secure on-prem solutions can be much higher. Agencies can potentially save 47 percent by moving a data protection solution to the cloud. A hybrid cloud approach allows for flexibility in a solution that provides security to data and other assets. With a hybrid cloud environment, agencies are able to prioritize efficiency, simplicity, and transparency and have greater security against cyberattacks and ransomware in the cloud.
As technology innovation continues, agencies must find ways to secure their complex IT environments. It’s important to consider if your solution provides protection in the core data center, in the cloud, and at the edge. Through trusted cloud solutions, the ability to “reduce complexity makes it easier to manage the environment and provide oversight of compliance and governance,” commented McDonough.
When looking for a solution to protect your agency from ransomware, among other threats, McDonough suggested asking the following questions:
- How resilient is the solution?
- How does it defend you if someone successfully penetrates your data?
- Beyond disaster recovery, does it support business recovery from cyberattacks?
- Can the solution operate across environments?
Through reducing complexity of data protection, your agency will be able to better defend against cyber attackers and ransomware in the cloud. McDonough said that protecting against the inevitable cyberattacks requires a multilayered approach. By partnering with industry leaders to find the right solution for your agency, you can better defend the data in your environment.
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