- I predict new virus and ransomware threats will catch many of us off guard in 2020 (regardless of our best intentions).
So let’s resolve to research and propose multi-layered security models in our organizations that include backup in addition to patch management, antivirus, web protection, security education, endpoint protection, etc.
- I predict many organizations really don’t know how long it will take to recover—or even if they can fully recover—from data loss of a business-critical system.
So let’s resolve to implement disaster recovery testing of critical systems in Q1, followed by adding quarterly recurring tasks in our calendars, with a goal to automate by 2021.
- I predict a significant percentage of an organization’s data will remain under-protected throughout 2020.
So let’s resolve to automate the deployment of backup applications for all new servers and endpoints, and resolve to define profiles that specify selection, frequency and destination.
- I predict hardware will fail, viruses will propagate, and customers will lose their data—no matter the steps taken to prevent it. I also predict your customers will likely blame you if recovery doesn’t go as planned.
So let’s resolve to schedule proactive monitoring, and then review and remediate backup errors or failures to ensure data recovery goes well—even when nothing else does.
- I predict several of us will continue to reuse passwords across applications, organizations, and sites—even though we know the dangers of password reuse.
So let’s resolve to implement multifactor authentication (MFA) wherever possible, use a secure password management application, wipe all those cached browser passwords, and—finally—reset all passwords to be unique.
- I predict that many of you will spend way too many hours managing and monitoring multiple separate backup and recovery applications.
So let’s resolve to increase efficiency and reduce costs by standardizing a single data protection offering that can provide local and offsite coverage—or at the very least start to take steps to reduce the count of applications managed by one.
Eric Harless is Head Backup Nerd for SolarWinds MSP. Eric puts his 25+ years of experience to work helping MSPs understand how to turn backup into a competitive growth driver.
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