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Unitrends and Spanning 2022 Predictions: Security, Cloud, Testing and Competition for Tech Talent - Four Takeaways for 2022

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Industry executives and experts share their predictions for 2022.  Read them in this 14th annual VMblog.com series exclusive.

Security, Cloud, Testing and Competition for Tech Talent - Four Takeaways for 2022

By Joe Noonan, Product Executive, Backup and Disaster Recovery, Unitrends and Spanning

With cybercrime on the rise, backup and disaster recovery has taken center stage and will continue to do so in 2022. Having a unified business continuity and disaster recovery (BCDR) strategy is not a luxury, but rather a necessity. Companies will need to evolve their plans if they want to protect their data in 2022 and will need to become adept at planning for cybersecurity threats, leveraging cloud solutions, testing more frequently and adapting to the tech talent landscape.

Plan for more cybersecurity threats

Thanks to the growing number of cybersecurity threats, organizations must assess their environment more thoroughly to ensure they have a complete BCDR strategy-especially when it comes to the recovery process, which has become more complex. Companies need to look at technologies that are easy to set up, cost-effective and incorporate automation in strategic ways-for example, organizations should assess solutions that automatically identify common issues in the production environment that are tell-tale signs of a ransomware attack. Cybercriminals will continue to evolve their tactics, so businesses need to allocate their IT budgets strategically to invest in the most effective BCDR technologies.

Additionally, companies should be aware of their cyber insurance policy's requirements around backup to address the new cyberthreat landscape. Organizations should expect conditions requiring two-factor authentication in their environment as well as requirements for audits and scans after cyberattacks that may increase recovery times in certain situations.

Leverage cloud solutions

One of the biggest misconceptions businesses still have about BCDR is the security of the cloud. Using the cloud as part of your strategy can add more resilience, as organizations can utilize immutable offsite storage and disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS) to ensure recoverability and eliminate downtime in the event of a cyberattack. When assessing cloud storage options, it's crucial to consider compliance and security requirements as well as technician bandwidth to manage and maintain key systems.

Schedule more testing

Though companies often conduct quarterly testing, that schedule is too infrequent-especially with the growing number of cyberthreats in 2022. A lot can happen over a three-month period, and the strategy will be hard to execute if it hasn't been exercised. Once a month, and even weekly testing for critical machines, is an important best practice that companies should prioritize in the year ahead. To relieve technicians from manually testing each machine, organizations should utilize solutions that provide automated testing that can be adjusted based on the workload being protected. Often, IT professionals assume that if a machine can be booted and data can be accessed that a recovery is successful. However, they need to test how applications are running by doing service checks as well as testing transactions in certain cases.

Expect competition for tech talent 

Finally, in 2022, there will continue to be heavy competition for tech talent. As IT professionals move between jobs, companies are at risk of losing knowledge with their departure-including critical information around the organization's BCDR strategy. To avoid any knowledge gaps, it's critical for IT professionals to document everything, automate as much as possible and even leverage managed service providers for additional assistance.

The upcoming year will require companies to be more intentional about their BCDR strategies. The cybercrime landscape will continue to force organizations to be creative in their approaches and constantly evolve their plans to keep pace. Businesses will need to leverage cloud solutions and increase the frequency of their testing to be fully prepared for a data loss event. These days, part of the strategy is accepting that it's not a matter of if, but when, and preparation is key.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Joe Noonan 

Joe Noonan has spent over 18 years delivering hardware and software technology solutions for virtualization, cloud, data protection, and disaster recovery.  He has worked for Unitrends since 2010, driving its software product strategy for data protection, recovery automation, and cloud disaster recovery and migration.  Joe has also held roles in developing technology alliances and now runs Product Management and Marketing for the full backup and DR suite at Kaseya, which includes Unitrends, Spanning and Kaseya branded backup solutions.

Published Friday, January 07, 2022 7:36 AM by David Marshall
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