Protecting Manufacturing Content with Corporate Backup Solutions

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Secure Protection for the Manufacturing Industry

 With an increasing number of data breaches and cyber-attacks mentioned every week that are suffered by organizations around the world, information security and protection are rapidly growing priorities. (read also: "Ramsés Gallego (CyberRes) on Protecting the Enterprise in a Cloud-Native, Post-Pandemic Age" - CEO.digital)

Manufacturing industry creates and capture massive volumes of data; because of their internal development processes or in order to monetize, improve products, optimize operations, and get customers´ feedback to better serve them with new features and flavors.

Nowadays it´s not a question about when or how to digitalize the processes and content, it´s a fact that the digitalization has happened, and organizations have their critical data stored in business applications and system databases. Therefore, these digital environments includes confidential information about their product developments, strategy, intercompany relationships, or sensitive customer data.

In addition, we could face that a company has its presence in multiple countries across different continents, running a wide variety of IT environments, as a consequence of diverse corporate acquisitions or spin-off processes, with multiple data centers to support their business and, potentially, each of them with a mixture of physical, virtual or cloud services. In other words, petabytes of data across unlimited data types and potential hundreds of applications.

Last but not least, the complexity of managing all these repositories of information has increased with the creation of global regulations like GDPR that require compliance across multiple jurisdictions and many types of content. If the corporate data become compromised, it can lead into regulatory penalties and loss of customer trust. There is much at stake if there isn´t a clear data protection strategy in place.

How do we scale protection at a speed to support the growth of the manufacturing industry?

Executives in nearly all industries face the same protection-related business challenges. It´s all about data: where it’s located within the organization, how it’s stored, how it moves around, and how it’s protected.

There are several primary challenges in protecting this data:

  • Budget constraints—this is a perennial issue for IT team, and customers will often have to justify the cost of protection initiatives in a constantly data growing market. But in manufacturing industry, the stakes are very high.
  • Governance and compliance— Once the customer has protection technologies, services, and policies in place, he needs to continuously enforce and test them.
  • Unfettered expansion of data protection vendors— Customers have a lot of options in the market to protect your content. You could implement the technologies in your own facilities, or get protection as a service. But no matter which path you choose, choosing a holistic solution that meets the needs of the Hybrid IT environments is critical.

It can be said that Manufacturing companies are primarily focused on their own business, not protection. But as with every other vertical, are under attack by increasingly sophisticated criminal organizations that are constantly on the lookout to find and exploit vulnerabilities in any organization’s security posture.

Using data at scale while lowering risk, requires protection that scales with the data created, and a key goal is to ensure that all sensitive data is protected with a proven and unified architecture for backup and recovery. Read "Because Security Matters for Data Protector".

 Four topics about data protection ecosystem

In meeting protection challenges, it’s critical to implement a comprehensive solution that has the breadth and depth to cover all requirements over the long-term. Remember, companies have to succeed continuously in protecting your content, but criminals only have to succeed once.

There are four topics to consider that could help customers stay ahead to protect their valuable content. And these can be implemented in a number of ways to meet the unique requirements of your business.

1: Risk-based approach

When considering protection options, it’s best to first determine your organization’s tolerance for risk. You can begin to do this by evaluating your current risk posture. Content is often scattered around the organization, and you need to find out what’s being done to protect it. Next, try to define a disaster recovery plan that should include preventive, detective, and corrective actions based on the backup solution. Final goal is to reach Disaster Recovery Goals while keeping an eye into the backup and recovery cost and complexity.

2: Hybrid IT enforcement

New Hybrid IT approaches to deploying related services (from on premise to cloud and from physical to virtual) have fundamentally changed how we tackle the challenge of deploying and protecting business content and applications. A modern backup solution must not only to provide a complete set of protection functionalities, but must also provide capabilities to analyze and optimize it before it is backed up, then optimize backup processes to create a healthy and efficient environment. 

To find out more, attend "The challenges of Hybrid IT addressed at Micro Focus Technology Forums" in September 2021. 

3: Security awareness

The challenge herein is taking the massive amount of data being generated around the clock and making smart decisions about how to secure and protect it. The chosen solution must allow to implement a comprehensive security strategy, enabling customers to use a centralized backup solution with an integrated security model and multiple methods to protect backup data.

4: End-to-end, closed-loop process

Protecting corporate assets is a tremendous responsibility placed on IT teams. As mentioned, effective backup solutions should include functionalities specifically designed to help IT teams to cope with the vast number of issues around IT protection. An enterprise class solution should be highly scalable and allowing data to be backed up to multiple targets including disk, tape, or cloud either on site or off site, all centrally managed, providing reports and status dashboards for instant visibility of data backup status.

 

Protection is probably not customers´ primary focus, so they should partner with an organization that has the competency, capital, capacity, and speed to protect their content.

Micro Focus Data Protector is one of the few single backup solutions suitable for all data and storage types that ensures fast and efficient data restoration for the largest, most complex, dynamic and distributed enterprises through a single management interface. Thanks to this approach, it helps reducing training, complexity, and related backup and recovery costs.

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