Horrors of Not Having a Disaster Recovery Plan

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From Server Street to the Cloud, It’s a Nightmare Everywhere!!!!

Cyber criminals aren’t waiting until Halloween to trick you into losing your important data from your business, and you shouldn’t wait to put a Disaster Recovery Plan in place to protect your business either!
Here’s why…

Since COVID-19, the US FBI reported a 300% increase in reported cybercrimes. Around 90% of attacked companies suffer an average cost of $1.55 million USD each year while the average downtime due to a ransomware attack is 19 days. (Coveware)

For many organizations, these negative impacts can result in compliance and regulatory issues, damage to their reputation and profitability, and in some cases even leads to business closures. Business leaders are increasingly finding that the cost of cybersecurity inaction is too high.

If your organization is attacked, are you prepared? Do you have a ransomware recovery or disaster recovery plan in place?

This Cyber Security Awareness Month, Storagepipe is here to guide you through the process and information that you need to gather, assess, and build upon for effective data Backup and Disaster Recovery. Download your copy of our Disaster Recovery Plan Template here!

What are the biggest threats to your organization’s systems and data today?

Gartner Peer Insights and Storagepipe surveyed 100 IT leaders to discover their concerns, predictions, and challenges when it comes to disaster recovery. Read on for key insights or download the full report here!

When asked what they considered to be the biggest threats to their systems and data today, we found that IT leaders believe cybersecurity threats to be a key concern overall. Nearly half of the 100 surveyed (40%) say that ransomware/malware is their top concern, followed by user error (24%) and backup and recovery failure (15%).

These responses bring up the question…

How strong is your Disaster Recovery Plan?

Is your organization using effective cybersecurity and data protection strategies, solutions and/or services to ensure that your data, and systems and your customers’ data and privacy are protected?

When we asked this question, 96% of respondents said they’re using proactive cybersecurity to ensure the availability of their data, but only 59% of respondents said they’re doing this for their business systems.

Protect your organization from Cybersecurity Horrors with our DR Plan

A well-prepared ransomware recovery plan recognizes that a disruption to your business for even a few hours can result in significant financial and reputational repercussions. The plan should include Recovery Point Objective (RPO) and Recovery Time Objective (RTO) directives that guide decisions, procedures, and backup and disaster recovery services that ensure that your business survives with as little damage as possible.

Storagepipe can help identify weak points in your cyber resilience posture and provide a combination of cybersecurity services to help protect your business. Share your cybersecurity concerns today to see how we can help!

Get Your Halloween Disaster Recovery Plan Treat!

There are no tricks here! Read our Disaster Recovery Buyer’s Guide now to learn what you need to be prepared. Download your copy of our Disaster Recovery Plan Template for effective data Backup and Disaster Recovery.

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How Strong is Your Disaster Recovery Safety Net?

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Ransomware and other cyberthreats are changing business’s needs for data protection across their on-premise, private cloud, SaaS, and public cloud environments.
If your organization is attacked, are you ready? Do you have a ransomware or disaster recovery plan in place?

Storagepipe has put together a template to guide you through the process and information that you need to gather, assess, and build upon for effective data Backup and Disaster Recovery. Download your copy of our Disaster Recovery Plan Template here!

As ransomware attacks have become an inevitability, disaster recovery is more important than ever before. However, with competing budget and security priorities many organizations are left exposed and unprepared.

Gartner Peer Insights and Storagepipe surveyed 100 engineering, security, IT, and operations leaders to discover their concerns, predictions, and challenges when it comes to disaster recovery. Read on for key insights or download the full report here!

What are the biggest threats to your businesses systems and data today?

When asked what they considered to be the biggest threats to their systems and data today, we found that IT leaders believe cybersecurity threats to be a key concern overall. Nearly half of the 100 surveyed (40%) said that ransomware/malware is their top concern, followed by user error (24%) and backup and recovery failure (15%).

When asked if their organization had experienced a data breach or cyberattack in the past two years, the majority (44%) of respondents said that they did, 42% said they did not and 14% were not sure.

Of those who have experienced a breach in the last 2 years, 61% said that breach was caused by malicious emails.

Additionally, only 2% of respondents said their end users have not experienced some form of email phishing.

Analyzing this data and these responses brings us back to the question –

How strong is your disaster recovery safety net after all?

Is your organization using effective cybersecurity and data protection strategies, solutions and/or services to ensure that your data and systems as well as your customers’ data and privacy are protected?

When we asked this question, 96% of respondents said that they’re using proactive cybersecurity to ensure the availability of their data, but only 59% of respondents said that they’re doing this for their business systems.

How are they protecting their data? Take a look here:

82% of tech leaders are using either a Managed Backup as a Service provider or a Managed Disaster Recovery as a Service provider to protect their business while 72% of tech leaders are using tools available through their Cloud provider to protect their Cloud environments. What’s interesting is that even amongst those using Cloud Provider tools, 80% of those are also using either a Managed Backup as a Service provider or a Managed Disaster Recovery as a Service provider for additional protection and expertise.

If you were attacked by ransomware today, how quickly would you be able to recover all your systems, data, and business operations?

70% of respondents said that if they were attacked by ransomware, they’d be able to recover all their systems within 24 hours, and 12% said it would take more than 48 hours.

24 hours or less is not fast enough for most business recovery time objectives (RTOs). If your current services and solutions are unable to recover and restore your data quickly enough to meet your RTO, the business stands to suffer unacceptable downtime, damage, and consequences.

No matter the size, location, or industry, organizations need to take the time to put together a well-thought-out and practical disaster recovery strategy for implementing cybersecurity and DR best practices.

Organizations should have an easy-to-understand step-by-step guide on what to do in a data emergency so that employees, partners and vendors understand their roles, responsibilities and the resources available to them before, during and after a crisis strikes.

Storagepipe has put together a template to guide you through the process and information that you need to gather, assess, and build upon for effective data Backup and Disaster Recovery. Download your copy of our DR Plan Template here!

What backup and disaster recovery software does your organization have in place today? Is your organization considering immutable storage to protect data from cybersecurity threats?
Download this report to find out what 100 IT leaders have to say about this!

Strengthen Your Security Posture with our Disaster Recovery Plan

Many companies large and small are searching for flexible and affordable cybersecurity and ransomware recovery services that can help them be more proactive and also recover from ransomware across their endpoints, network, cloud, and SaaS applications.

A well-prepared ransomware or disaster recovery plan recognizes that a disruption to your business for even a few hours can result in significant financial and reputational repercussions. The plan should include Recovery Point Objective (RPO) and Recovery Time Objective (RTO) directives that guide decisions, procedures, and cybersecurity, backup and disaster recovery services that ensure that your business survives with as little damage as possible.

Download your copy of our Disaster Recovery Plan Template!

Ransomware Prevention with Managed Cybersecurity Services

Storagepipe can help identify weak points in your cyber resilience posture and provide a combination of cybersecurity services to help protect your business. Share your cybersecurity concerns today to see how we can help!

Contact our cybersecurity and disaster recovery experts today to explore your best ransomware protection options!

How MSPs Can Generate High-Margin MRR with Cloud, BaaS & DRaaS

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Listen in as Charles Weaver from MSPAlliance chats with Steven Rodin, CEO of Storagepipe on how responsive backup and disaster recovery services enable business continuity for MSPs (Managed Service Providers) and their customers. Want to listen on the go? Check it out on Apple Podcasts here.

Highlights:
• Enabling new high-margin monthly recurring revenue streams
• Leverage an experienced disaster recovery partner to help win deals
• Offer the latest hybrid, public cloud and Microsoft 365 data protection services

Business Continuity for Data, SaaS, and Systems in the Cloud

Steven and Charles discuss the shift to remote and hybrid work over the last two years that appears to have staying power for the foreseeable future, further driving and sustaining the migration to SaaS, cloud and hybrid models. IT teams have been migrating applications and operations to private and public clouds at an accelerated pace to optimize and future-proof their organizations. With the COVID-19 pandemic, those cloud migration efforts may have been stepped up by necessity as teams became dependent on remote tools for distributed workforces and customers.

Have organizations left some cybersecurity, data protection and business continuity fundamentals behind in their rush to the cloud? Is making the shift from legacy on-premises tech to new, outsourced cloud-based platforms causing new challenges, especially when constrained by time and business pressures?

Listen to the podcast here or on Apple Podcasts to find out what the future holds.

“We’ve been talking 24 hours a day for two years on cybersecurity issues, and it’s not like storage has been edged to the side and it’s not like people aren’t doing storage anymore, but it just seems like we need to make sure that we’re talking about all the elements of the security and operational viability stack,” points out Charles Weaver, host of the MSPAlliance MSPZone Podcast.

“WE NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT ALL THE ELEMENTS OF THE SECURITY AND OPERATIONAL VIABILITY STACK.”

– Charles Weaver, MSPAlliance MSPZone Podcast Host

Looking for cloud migration trends and insights? Get our Cloud Migration Survey Report here!

Deliver Profitable Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Services for Your Customers

Steven and Charles also discuss what MSPs need to provide in today’s connected and security conscious world to satisfy customers’ requirements for backup and recovery services. Customers are looking to safeguard their organizations against ransomware, user errors, and other evolving threats to their business operations and reputation. MSPs that add these services to their offering can attract new customers, cross-sell to existing customers, and increase customer retention all while generating high-margin monthly recurring revenue (MRR).

“To give advice to the MSPs out there, Backup for Microsoft 365 is a great entry-point for many customers. It’s a good way of landing new customers, it’s a good add-on service if you’re already working with a customer that’s on Microsoft 365; so, it’s a great opportunity to show additional value to your customer base,” shares Steven Rodin, CEO at Storagepipe.

“TO GIVE ADVICE TO THE MSPs OUT THERE, BACKUP FOR MICROSOFT 365 IS A GREAT ENTRY POINT FOR MANY CUSTOMERS.”

– Steven Rodin, Storagepipe CEO

MSPs often face challenges with financial resources to develop in-house talent, systems, and processes. Partnering with a data protection and recovery specialist can fast-track MSPs on the path to successful portfolio expansion and new revenue streams without the typical start-up headaches. “A lot of small and mid-sized MSPs might already be doing backup, but now they want to get into disaster recovery and that’s where they turn to us to get more advanced and they maybe want to get into systems that they haven’t dealt with before,” says Rodin.

Implementing Internal MSP Backup and Disaster Recovery Helps Showcase Services to Customers

Weaver recalls a handful of conversations with folks in the industry who have pointed out that it is important for the MSPs themselves to be backing up their operational mission-critical data. “Every MSP ought to be doing at the very minimum everything that they do for their customers, on themselves. I mean, that seems to me just common sense.”

“EVERY MSP OUGHT TO BE DOING AT THE VERY MINIMUM EVERYTHING THAT THEY DO FOR THEIR CUSTOMERS, ON THEMSELVES.”

– Charles Weaver, MSPAlliance MSPZone Podcast Host

Rodin agrees. “I think that MSPs need to treat themselves like they would their customers, in a lot of ways. If they’re expecting their customers to take on new services and buy into the disaster recovery and backup space, then MSPs have to do it themselves. You want to be able to showcase the services that you sell by doing it internally. In fact, some MSPs that we’ve recently signed up, actually started with us internally and they liked the service so much that they started introducing it to their customers. I think that’s the key thing, because customers always want to know that you’re eating your own dog food, you’re following your own advice.”

“YOU WANT TO BE ABLE TO SHOWCASE THE SERVICES THAT YOU SELL BY DOING IT INTERNALLY.”

– Steven Rodin, Storagepipe CEO

Listen in to this episode of MSPZone to learn how Managed Service Providers can offer data protection to customers now and start generating new MRR with cloud backup and disaster recovery as a service.

Partner Program Enables Backup and Disaster Recovery Services for MSPs

The Storagepipe Partner Program provides a wide range of cloud, backup, and disaster recovery services for Managed Service Providers and Value-Added Resellers (VARs) of all sizes and in many industries, enabling partners to meet customers’ most complex and demanding data protection, business continuity and cloud challenges. With data center locations in the United States, Canada, and the UK, Storagepipe supports your customer requirements for data residency and compliance.

Storagepipe Named Veeam Cloud & Service Provider Partner of the Year 2021 for Canada

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(TORONTO, ON; CANADA) – May 17, 2022: Storagepipe, a leader in backup, disaster recovery and cybersecurity services, proudly announces it has been selected as the 2021 Veeam Cloud and Service Provider Partner of the Year, Canada by Veeam® Software, the leader in backup, recovery and data management solutions that deliver Modern Data Protection. These seventh annual awards recognize North America Veeam ProPartners and Veeam Cloud & Service Provider (VCSP) partners who have not only demonstrated success in providing Veeam solutions to their customers, but who have also provided first-class support, expert knowledge, continued product education, and a true Veeam strategy incorporated into their business. Winners were celebrated during VeeamON 2022, the Modern Data Protection conference of the year, taking place in Las Vegas, NV May 16 – 19.

Storagepipe was recognized as Veeam Cloud and Service Provider Partner of the Year, Canada for demonstrating the best overall performance in areas of consistent revenue growth, collaboration with Veeam and proactive selling, and promoting Veeam solutions and adjacent technologies in Canada.

“We are excited to celebrate and honor Storagepipe as the Veeam Cloud and Service Provider Partner of the Year, Canada,” said Matt Kalmenson, vice president of Americas Cloud at Veeam. “More than two-thirds of organizations are turning to cloud-based services to protect essential data, according to the 2022 Veeam Data Protection Trends Report. The opportunity to deliver Veeam-powered solutions and services is at an all- time high, and we’re excited to take this journey alongside our partners for collaborative success and increased profitability. Storagepipe is an ideal Veeam partner, leveraging the Veeam program and resources to build and deliver reliable, revenue-generating Backup as a Service (BaaS) and Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) offerings. We congratulate Storagepipe on this award and look forward to even greater success in 2022.”

Storagepipe is dedicated to continuing to build on this success through innovation and delivering world-class customer experiences into 2022 and beyond.

“The Storagepipe team is thrilled to receive this continued recognition from Veeam as one of North America’s strongest Veeam Platinum Cloud Service Providers, and Veeam’s 2021 VCSP of the year for Canada,” said Steven Rodin, CEO of Storagepipe. “We continue to strengthen our market-leading position by enhancing our Veeam services and delivering exceptional and responsive solutions that center on our customers’ success. We are honoured that our commitment to building deep technical expertise and expanding the breadth of our backup, disaster recovery, and cloud service offerings for small, mid-sized and enterprise customers has been recognized with this Veeam Impact Award.”

Storagepipe’s successful collaboration with Veeam has enabled multiple cloud services and made them stand out in the market, including Veeam Cloud Connect, Veeam Managed Appliances for VMware and Hyper-V, Veeam Backup for Microsoft 365, and Veeam Replication for Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS). A world-class in-house technical team and rapid and reliable services provides a Storagepipe Experience that is responsive and trusted by customers across North America. Storagepipe services are offered with exceptional support, security and compliance, along with flexible pricing to address changing business needs. Storagepipe has Veeam support for both VMware and Hyper-V along with extensive Veeam certifications. We are looking forward to showing customers all of the incredible new features in the upcoming Veeam V12 release.”

Recognition of Storagepipe’s growth and collaboration with Veeam based on the Veeam Cloud & Service Provider Partner of the Year, Canada award will help fuel expansion across Canada and the United States as they build on existing and develop new relationships.

Storagepipe’s Platinum Veeam Cloud & Service Provider partnership, its vCloud Verified status in the VMware Cloud Provider Program and the expansion of cybersecurity offerings offer immense future opportunities to drive customer benefits. Our team delivers a customer-centric Storagepipe Experience and are truly Your Backup and Disaster Recovery Heroes.

“Storagepipe’s award was only possible thanks to the incredible relationships we have with Veeam leadership and team members in both Canada and the United States. We look forward to continuing to grow and collaborate with Veeam’s dedicated and collaborative team in the years to come,” says Rodin.

“Thank you, Veeam Cloud team for this incredible recognition!”


About Storagepipe

Storagepipe is a trusted global provider of comprehensive Cloud, Data Protection and Cybersecurity services.
Since 2001, Storagepipe has provided these robust and secure Cloud, Backup and Disaster Recovery solutions from a scalable multi-tenant infrastructure, supported by our first-class in-house technical team. Storagepipe delivers highly flexible and responsive solutions with outstanding value and service, using state-of-the-art technology to offer ultimate protection and peace of mind.
We are driven to be your trusted partner and to ensure that we deliver a Storagepipe Experience that meets your business requirements with the reliability, scalability, and support that your business demands.

We’ve launched! Check out our new website and come meet your Cloud and Disaster Recovery Heroes

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Storagepipe is excited to announce the launch of our new website, designed with our customers in mind. You spoke, and we listened! Visitors to our website now enjoy an expanded service portfolio, with new information around our Backup, Disaster Recovery, Cloud Infrastructure, Cybersecurity, and Managed IT Services. We’ve also expanded our solutions information to give your business all of the services in one place, based on your industry.

Check out our detailed Security as a Service (SECaaS) and Managed Firewall Plans in one easy at-a-glance matrix, and for the first time, see all of our services supporting Veeam, IBM iSeries, and Microsoft 365 on their own dedicated solutions pages.

The new site also provides faster page load times for desktop and mobile devices, more ways for you to contact us, webinar and event announcements, and a helpful Knowledge Center where you can access all of our Backup and DR insights that we publish, free!

Interested in partnering with us as a reseller? Our detailed Partners page is just for you. Easily expand your IT service portfolio with sticky and high-quality Backup and Recovery Services such as Veeam Cloud Connect, Veeam Backup and Replication, and Veeam appliances. And then add DRaaS cloud services like Warm Site Recovery or High Availability Recovery for Veeam, IBM iSeries and AS400, Windows, Linux, and Unix, VMware, Hyper-V, and Nutanix.

These updates are just the start. Our values center around providing world-class customer experiences, which requires us to get to know our customers’ needs. We want to provide you with responsive and useful information, so as visitors to our website please reach out and say hi to our Backup and Disaster Recovery Heroes. We will listen to your feedback and add to our services and the information on our website to better enable your decision-making processes.

About Storagepipe

Since 2001, Storagepipe has provided robust and secure Managed Cloud and Disaster Recovery solutions from a scalable multi-tenant infrastructure, supported by our first-class in-house technical team.

Storagepipe delivers highly flexible and responsive Cloud and Disaster Recovery services and solutions with outstanding skills and value, using state-of-the-art technology to offer ultimate protection and peace of mind.

We are driven to be your trusted partner and to ensure that we deliver a Storagepipe Experience that meets your business requirements with the reliability, scalability and support that your business demands.

Storagepipe Awarded 2020 Veeam Impact Partner – Veeam Cloud Service Provider VCSP Growth Partner of the Year, North America

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Storagepipe awarded 2020 Veeam Impact Partner Award for Veeam Cloud Service Provider (VCSP) Growth Partner of the Year.

(TORONTO, ONTARIO, CANADA) – March 03, 2021: Storagepipe proudly announces that it has been selected as the 2020 Veeam Impact Partner Award – Veeam Cloud Service Provider Growth Partner of the Year, North America by Veeam® Software, the leader in Backup solutions that enable Cloud Data Management™.

These sixth annual awards recognize North American Veeam ProPartners and Veeam Cloud & Service Provider (VCSP) partners who have not only demonstrated success in providing Veeam solutions to their customers, but who have also provided first-class support, expert knowledge, continued product education, and a true Veeam strategy incorporated into their business.

The Veeam VCSP Growth Partner of the Year, North America award recognizes Storagepipe for demonstrating the most progress, growth, and dedication toward Veeam business, and selling Veeam-cloud-based solutions. Storagepipe’s exceptional growth across North America around its strategic pillars of Cloud Services, Disaster Recovery, Cybersecurity and Managed Services has positioned it for this award.

Storagepipe is dedicated to continuing to build on this success through innovation and delivering world-class customer experiences into 2021 and beyond.

“We are excited to recognize and honor Storagepipe as the Veeam Impact Partner Award – VCSP Growth Partner of the Year, North America,” said Matt Kalmenson, vice president of Americas Cloud at Veeam. “2020 brought many challenges, but the dedication and perseverance of our partners made it one of the most successful for Veeam, and we recognize that. Storagepipe’s investment in building and delivering Veeam-powered solutions and services is an invaluable part of Act II for Veeam – our evolution into hybrid Cloud and containers. Storagepipe is a model partner who has developed a collaborative relationship with us and leverages the Veeam program for mutual business opportunities. We congratulate Storagepipe on this award and look forward to more collaborative success and even greater profitability in 2021.”

“The Storagepipe team is extremely excited to have once again been recognized by Veeam as one of North America’s leading Veeam Platinum Cloud Service Providers”, said Steven Rodin, CEO of Storagepipe. “We are rapidly growing our Veeam services and are honoured with this award as recognition of our focus on delivering a Storagepipe Experience that centers on our customers’ success and delivering exceptional and responsive services in backup, disaster recovery and cloud services. We are continuing to strengthen our market leading position as a premier Veeam Platinum Cloud Service Provider, by building deep technical expertise and expanding the breadth of our service offerings for small business and enterprise customers in cloud and disaster recovery services across North America.”

Storagepipe’s successful collaboration with Veeam has enabled multiple cloud services and made them stand out in the market, including Veeam Cloud Connect, Veeam Managed Appliances for VMWare and Hyper-V, Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365, and Veeam Replication for Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS). A world-class in-house technical team and rapid and reliable services provides a Storagepipe Experience that is responsive and trusted by customers across North America. Cloud and DR Services are offered with exceptional service, security and compliance, along with flexible pricing to address changing business needs. Storagepipe has Veeam support for both VMWare and Hyper-V along with extensive Veeam certifications, and we are looking forward to showing customers all of the incredible new features recently released as part of the new Veeam Availability Suite v11.

Recognition of Storagepipe’s growth and collaboration with Veeam based on the VCSP Growth Partner of the Year, North America award will help fuel expansion across Canada and the United States as they build on existing and develop new relationships. Storagepipe’s Platinum Veeam Cloud & Service Provider partnership and its vCloud Verified status in the VMware Cloud Provider Program offer immense future opportunities to drive customer benefits. Our team delivers a customer-centric Storagepipe Experience and are truly Your Backup and Disaster Recovery Heroes.

“Storagepipe’s award was only possible thanks to the incredible relationships we have with with Veeam leadership and team members in both Canada and the United States. We look forward to continuing to grow and collaborate with Veeam’s dedicated and collaborative team in the years to come,” says Rodin.

“Thank you, Veeam Cloud North America!”

What’s Missing in Your Microsoft O365 Security and Data Protection?

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You’ve embraced remote working – are you still secure?

The trend towards remote working has been growing for several decades, but recently due to world events, many businesses have had to adopt supporting technologies and processes quickly and under pressure. The remote working trend has also dovetailed with the move to the cloud and software-as-a-service applications like Office 365. Cloud services are a great help in implementing remote working and in helping teams to collaborate even when not working in the same location. Cloud-enabled services and applications are often misunderstood, however, when it comes to security measures. Along with their SaaS services, businesses also need to consider using cloud-based security and disaster recovery services in parallel from a trusted DRaaS provider.

SaaS and Cloud providers like Microsoft, Salesforce, Google and others promise to secure the infrastructure that hosts the cloud application. But these SaaS providers are not responsible for covering all of the possible data and security issues that can arise, so customer support for backup, replication, and recovery services needs to be considered.

While the cloud provider takes care of the infrastructure, data and access remain the customer’s responsibility. The access risks compound as workers increasingly work remotely and communicate through email, which is the number one vector for malware.

Secure access to the cloud for remote workers today is usually ensured by either using an SDP or split-tunnel VPN. In either case, the security of remote access relies on user authentication. It is important not to make the mistake of relying on the employees to set up and manage their passwords. Individuals are notorious for setting easy-to-remember but also easy-to-guess passwords. Set up strict corporate password policies and enforce them. Also enforce regular intervals for employees to update their passwords.

Even with these stricter password policies in place, businesses would also be wise to employ multi-factor authentication (MFA). There are a number of ways for bad actors to manipulate or trick your employees into unintentionally revealing their passwords making it a good idea to have a second authentication method as a further roadblock. Traditionally, MFA was done using tokens, but it has become much simpler today to use the employee’s smartphone to send a code that they then enter into the SaaS login credential screen. There are a number of good choices for MFA available such as Google Authenticator, or options recommended by Microsoft. Need help determining which MFA solution is the best fit for you? Ask our Microsoft 365 experts today!

Even MFA access through SDP or a VPN will not always guarantee security for your most precious data; internal employees can also act maliciously. Therefore, it is a good idea to design your internal data access policies to ensure that each end user only has access to the applications and data that they need to do their jobs.

Segmenting your data collections is another good policy to adopt for additional Cybersecurity and data protection. Having all your eggs in one basket is never a good idea. Using various software-defined networking techniques such as SDPs or SD-WAN, you can literally define the connection between the user’s device and a specific server. They can be completely restricted to this network slice. Finally, think carefully about which workers get remote access; not everyone needs it all the time.

One main vector for security breaches is via email “spear phishing” attacks, which attempt to induce people to reveal personal information, such as passwords and credit card numbers by posing as reputable companies.

Phishing is a common technique for extracting passwords from employees with some IT professionals reporting 1000+ phishing attempts hitting their email inboxes a month. Other malicious email campaigns include sending attachments with embedded trojan code, or links pointing to compromised websites that auto-download malware onto users’ systems.

All employees are at risk of making a split-second poor decision and exposing their computer to these attacks. Threat actors are adept at choosing topics that people are eager to learn more about, often playing off trending fears and anxieties to lessen people’s natural caution and common sense. As a sign of the times, many organizations are reporting increased email phishing and Business Email Compromise (BEC) attacks since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, with many messages claiming to offer breaking news or free tests. Once the pandemic has finally abated, threat actors will move on to the next anxiety-provoking topic.

While Microsoft and other email SaaS providers often try to help to filter unwanted senders’ messages by verifying the IP address to guard against phishing, oftentimes their off-the-shelf attempts lack comprehensive protections and may lag behind in updating against the latest threats. IT professionals should look to enhance their email security by looking for Managed Anti-Spam and Anti-Virus solutions that offer services for scanning both inbound and outbound emails to eliminate spam and known attacks, and Managed IT Services for analytical reporting, Cybersecurity and on-demand expertise from a trusted DRaaS provider.

While it is critical to stay on top of the latest security threats and trends, it is also the case that malicious actors are constantly innovating new attack strategies. Barely a week goes by that some new kind of threat is launched and discovered. From denial of service to trojan horses and ransomware, you can never rule out the possibility that your business will be the next headline victim and cautionary tale.

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How does a DRaaS Provider enhance Microsoft 365 data protection and cybersecurity?

That is one of the most important, but not the only, reason to have a comprehensive backup and rapid disaster recovery service. Another reason is that employees unintentionally delete data all the time. In fact, they are the most common source of data loss. Even IT professionals can make configuration mistakes that can open data to being hacked or even lost. So, a comprehensive backup and disaster recovery option is essential for restoring your data.

This is where cloud services expand their usefulness from a means to collaborate efficiently, to storing and protecting your critical and everyday business data. Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) has become increasingly important in an era of escalating natural disasters, cyber-attacks targeting critical public institutions and businesses, and sophisticated social engineering campaigns bombarding your business day and night.

The good news is, as the importance of DRaaS has risen, the affordability has too. Many savvy organizations are leveraging the flexibility and rapid responsiveness inherent in cloud-enabled backup and recovery. After all, one of the many reasons that you adopted a cloud model was to get away from the capital costs and ongoing operating expenses associated with running and maintaining your own internal data infrastructure. Now that there are a range of cost-effective disaster recovery services available, businesses are finding that DRaaS makes good common sense.

In addition to helping you to recover from a disaster, an experienced DRaaS provider can also proactively help you to prevent data disasters from occurring in the first place, and enable your business to work securely no matter where your end users are located. As a third-party specializing in helping businesses to recover from various disasters, they are best placed to anticipate what your business might face in the future. They can help you to design your security approach, as well as prioritize your data resources, segmenting them and working with you to create a plan for ensuring that the most critical data is restored as quickly as possible to keep you up and running.

The possibility of remote working and cloud-based services have been a godsend for many businesses, allowing them to remain operational in these difficult times. It is unlikely that the workplace will return to what it was and remote work is probably the new normal or highly significant for many businesses going forward. Your DRaaS provider can make sure that you do it securely and ensure that you can also recover gracefully if anything does go wrong.

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Storagepipe to the Rescue

Your Backup and Disaster Recovery Heroes

Storagepipe is a trusted global DRaaS provider of comprehensive Cloud, Data Protection and Cybersecurity services and can help to provide guidance as you work through your SMB or enterprise DR planning process.

Since 2001, Storagepipe has provided these robust and secure Managed Cloud and Disaster Recovery solutions from a scalable multi-tenant infrastructure, supported by our first-class in-house technical team. Storagepipe delivers highly flexible and responsive solutions with outstanding value and service, using state-of-the-art technology to offer ultimate protection and peace of mind. Storagepipe is an accredited Microsoft Office Level 1 backup and DRaaS provider.

We are driven to be your trusted partner and to ensure that we deliver a Storagepipe Experience that meets your business requirements with the reliability, scalability and support that your business demands.

Contact us today to discover your options around partnering with us to provide your customers with data loss prevention solutions and rapid ransomware recovery with services such as Cloud to Cloud Backup for Microsoft 365email archiving, and Storagepipe DR services. Regardless of internal user error, ransomware attacks, or when a health disaster strikes, ensure your business continuity by meeting your operational demands while protecting and recovering your most valuable asset – your data.

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Find Your DRaaS Partner and Make Disaster Recovery a Strategic Part of Your Service Portfolio

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You may already be managing backup services for some of your clients, but haven’t yet expanded to offering a complete disaster recovery service. Or you simply haven’t added Managed Backup or Disaster Recovery (DR) to your service portfolio at all. Either way, there are good reasons to consider offering your customers DR, not just as a source of recurring revenue, but also as a sticky service that can create a more trusted advisor relationship that leads to new business. It has become easier to add DR to your portfolio with the advent of Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS), especially when working closely with a DRaaS partner.

DRaaS is a perfect example of an on-demand cloud service that is always-on and scales with your client’s needs. For you and your customers, there is the added benefit that you don’t need to keep a second data center for redundant servers and communications services. An additional perk for you is that DR brings in new customers, such as SMBs, that will find it easier to start small and scale as they grow.

DRaaS offers three other main benefits to your customers:

  1. Immediate recovery from any kind of disaster with system failover to a secondary infrastructure within minutes.
  2. Depending on needs and resources, customers get the flexibility to customize the scope of recovery from all types of disasters, from malware and ransomware to hurricanes and wildfires.
  3. DRaaS offers seamless redundancy and no single point of failure to keep data securely protected in the cloud and away from the primary site.

Working closely with a customer to plan for recovery from a disaster that could jeopardize their business, requires that you get a clear understanding of their key operations and those parts of the business that are mission-essential. This disaster recovery planning approach is more strategic and collaborative between provider and customer than with a managed backup service, and requires you and the customer to predefine playbooks for exactly how to respond to different disaster scenarios. This is your opportunity to take your relationship with your customer to a new level. If you are able to add value and insights, you can earn their trust and develop a longer-term relationship with greater revenue potential.

Working on the disaster plan will involve taking the customer through a thorough risk assessment to identify vulnerabilities in their infrastructure. You may ask, which components are the most important and how do they impact their critical business functions? You will need to calculate both the financial and non-financial costs. Besides loss of revenue, there is the potential loss of opportunity; for instance, companies that recover faster, gain a competitive advantage.

The goal of all this analysis is to develop with the customer what they believe is their realistic recovery time objectives (RTO). In other words, how long can their infrastructure afford to be down? This is often a compromise between what they view as ideal and what they can afford. Similarly, you will also set the recovery point objectives (RPO), which define what level of data must be recovered and at what time-based increment or schedule, which should follow directly out of the analysis of critical business functions.

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Qualities and Benefits of a Reliable DRaaS Partner

Having a technology partner that is focused on providing disaster recovery can be helpful during this process. A good DRaaS partner will have extensive experience in helping companies recover from many different kinds of disasters. This experience can be leveraged in formulating a sound disaster plan. And should the time come that a disaster does occur, it’s good to have team members onboard who routinely handle disaster situations and are able to meet the challenge with a measured and effective response that only comes with experience.

Your DRaaS partner will be particularly useful in the setting and defining of RTO and RPO objectives. These objectives set the parameters for the SLA you agree to and defines your relationship and your obligations going forward. This includes identifying the cost-effective services and configurations that are recommended for your customer to meet their RTO and RPO, including full or partial failover, and hot site or warm site replication. It is critical to get it right at the beginning, and this is where the extensive experience of a DRaaS partner can be drawn upon to ensure that the defined service achieves the customer’s objectives as well as your own.

Finally, your ultimate objective in defining a DR plan for your customer is to identify where they are most vulnerable and to help them to address those weaknesses to prevent disasters altogether. Again, you will have to move the needle on your relationship to go beyond reacting to their needs to anticipating them, and as a result positively shape the way they operate their business.

This is why DRaaS is much more than an additional revenue stream or a sticky service, although it is both these things. It is above all an opportunity to move you from being regarded as just a service provider to being a trusted strategic long-term partner for their business.

Storagepipe to the Rescue

Your Backup and Disaster Recovery Heroes

Storagepipe is a trusted global provider of comprehensive cloud, data protection and security services and can help to provide guidance as you work through your SMB or enterprise DR planning process.

Since 2001, Storagepipe has provided these robust and secure Managed Cloud and Disaster Recovery Services from a scalable multi-tenant infrastructure, supported by our first-class in-house technical team. Storagepipe delivers highly flexible and responsive solutions with outstanding value and service, using state-of-the-art technology to offer ultimate protection and peace of mind.

We are driven to be your trusted partner and to ensure that we deliver a Storagepipe Experience that meets your business requirements with the reliability, scalability and support that your business demands.

Contact us today to discover your options around partnering with us to provide your customers with data loss prevention solutions and rapid ransomware recovery with services such as DRaaS Veeam managed appliance for VMWare and HyperVDRaaS physical server replication, and other Storagepipe DR services. Ensure your business continuity by meeting your operational demands while protecting and recovering your most valuable asset – your data.

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Business Continuity and High-Availability

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When Storagepipe first launched in 2001, the company exclusively offered online backup (at that time called “managed backup”) services to help businesses meet their business continuity requirements.

In response to customer demand, Storagepipe has since expanded its services portfolio to include new, forward-looking cloud services that solve next-generation data protection problems. Some of these new services include things such as synchronization, data archiving, business continuity, high-availability and disaster recovery services.

In this interview with the Startup Success podcast, we discuss the specifics of our high-availability and business continuity services, and why these types of services solve important emerging problems for today’s SMBs.

Storagepipe takes best-of-breed enterprise business continuity solutions, and makes them available in an as-a-Service model. Without Storagepipe, these services would be inaccessible to SMBs because of this high cost and significant capital investment required for hardware, software and services.

Accessible Business Continuity for SMBs

With Storagepipe, everything is bundled together in a cost-effective way, and customers only pay for what they need. It’s another way that Storagepipe provides SMB technology buyers with the same level of VIP service that’s normally only offered to large enterprises.

With Storagepipe’s high-availability service, client systems are replicated to Storagepipe’s datacenter, and the client’s primary datacenter is monitored for health. In the event that the client’s primary datacenter goes down or becomes unavailable, operations can immediately switch over to Storagepipe’s datacenter. Storagepipe’s mirrored copies of the client’s servers will act as temporary emergency failover systems until the primary systems can be repaired and brought back into availability.

Large companies already operate redundant datacenters for business continuity and high availability purposes. However, small businesses with the same availability requirements simply could not afford this kind of backup and redundancy to maintain uptime for their own equally critical business systems and disaster recovery capabilities.

Storagepipe helps empower small businesses by providing them with these same capabilities, in a way that’s much more accessible.

To hear more about our high-availability and business continuity services, see this video.