As business adapts to remote working, the security of endpoint devices has become a mission-critical concern for CIOs, CISOs and risk managers. Derek Wepener, Cloud Technical Team Lead at ContinuitySA says that corporate data is a key business asset and remote working creates a huge vulnerability that organisations must address.
“The COVID-19 emergency forced organisations to adopt remote working in a hurry, and this ‘forced distribution’ of their infrastructure was often undertaken without due thought for security—quite understandably, the primary driver was to keep the organisation’s doors open, so to speak,” he says. “But the result is that corporate data—the organisation’s Crown Jewels—is now at risk. Endpoints have always been vulnerable, with 70% of breaches originating from them, but now that virtually everybody is working remotely, the threat has grown exponentially.”
When laptops or home-based PCs are used to access corporate data and applications, they typically do not connect via the corporate infrastructure. This means that the latest version of the data is not backed up to the corporate storage infrastructure, being stored locally, on the laptop or PC. If the device is stolen or otherwise compromised via malware or ransomware, that data is lost, potentially resulting in lost business, lost intellectual capital, a damaged reputation and even punitive fines from regulators.
For all these reasons, an endpoint data-protection solution is critical to protect laptops and home-based PCs, Mr Wepener argues. Such a solution needs to make it easy for end-users to restore data, and it must include deduplication and compression capabilities to reduce the amount of data transmitted to the backup location.
ContinuitySA is offering a highly effective solution based on Veeam Cloud Connect. ContinuitySA is a Veeam Platinum Partner and is offering Veeam Cloud Connect as a cloud-based disaster recovery solution particularly well-suited to small and medium-sized enterprises. Veeam Agent Backup can be utilised as an effective, highly user-friendly way to back up data from laptops and home-based PCs into a dedicated repository for each user in the cloud.
Using Veeam Agent Backup, users can easily restore data themselves. The tool offers deduplication and compression to ensure only minimal data is sent into the cloud, thus reducing data costs. Another key feature is smart resume, so that if backup is disrupted either by connectivity loss or the device being switched off, the backup will resume when connectivity is restored.
“This is excellent technology because it’s both effective and user-friendly,” Mr Wepener concludes. “Implementing it with ContinuitySA’s help ensures it is properly configured in line with your organisation’s business continuity plan, and any subsequent support that is required is available on a pay-as-you-use basis.”
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 Absolute, “2019 Endpoint Security Trends Report”, available at https://www.absolute.com/go/study/2019-endpoint-security-trends.