As the variety and volume of cyberattacks increases, companies should leverage the enterprise cloud to protect mission-critical data.

According to a recent report from market research firm Frost & Sullivan, companies are more frequently purchasing and utilizing top-of-the-line intrusion prevention systems to protect critical IT assets from the multitude of threats. Basic tools such as anti-virus software no longer cut it in today's business environments, as data breaches and hacks become more costly and more common. As a result, companies now require more advanced tools such as data loss prevention as well.

To meet these more stringent cybersecurity requirements, organizations can leverage enterprise-class cloud computing. By using a proprietary hosting environment in which mission-critical data and applications are given dedicated network connections and server space, businesses can more efficiently provision backup data and ensure that critical tasks and workloads can continue to function no matter what.

"Creating awareness on the benefits of next-generation solutions, which can fulfill customers' security, networking, and compliance requirements, will be crucial to accelerate uptake," said Chris Rodriguez, a network security industry analyst at Frost & Sullivan. "Vendors must also build solutions that support network throughput speeds, and develop comprehensive strategies that will secure virtualization and cloud computing environments."

Tips for properly configuring an enterprise cloud-based security system
Enterprise-class cloud computing offers innumerable benefits to companies looking to shore up their disaster recovery plan, but, according to what data center management professional Jeff Klaus wrote in Network World, businesses should follow a multi-step approach to DR to get the most out of any initiative:

  1. Take stock of existing plans and infrastructure: Unless a business knows precisely what is going on with its data and applications at a granular level from the beginning, likely no disaster recovery plan will be successful. By conducting this internal audit first, organizations can be sure that everything that needs to be stored in the cloud is and that all operations are adequately protected.
  2. Utilize data classification: At every organization, some applications and data are more important that others in regard to ensuring business continuity. A company should take stock of its mission-critical resources and ensure that these files and apps receive the attention they deserve.
  3. Plan for all possible outcomes: A disaster recovery program should account for any and every scenario that could affect business operations. As the number of internal and external threats to business continuity rises, so too should the capabilities of a DR initiative.

Unplanned downtime is now more costly than ever, both in regard to lost productivity and decreased profits, which is why more businesses should utilize the enterprise cloud to meet increasingly diverse disaster recovery needs.