Ben Hatton Data Breaches: Prevention and Response go hand in hand

October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month, an issue that doesn’t just impact us as a data center, but all individuals and companies across the board as well (check out our post from last year on the subject). This is a challenge that is continually evolving, and it was the focus of last month’s TechPoint panel discussion. Bringing together experts in consulting, healthcare, and cybersecurity research, the discussion centered around the changing security landscape, what some of today’s key risks look like, and how businesses and individuals can (and must) adapt to these risks.

TechPoint panel discussion: Cybersecurity-The New Normal

I’m going to look at some of the key points that were discussed by the panel, and how due diligence against data breaches is essential for both companies as well as individuals.

If you haven’t already created a data breach prevention plan, please do so. Right now.

The discussion opened with a few alarming statistics from a recent Ponemon study on data breaches (the report can be accessed here):

  • Over the past year, 43% of companies have experienced a data breach, with 60% of them having experienced multiple breaches in the last 2 years.
  • 67% of business leaders lack a full understanding of how to effectively respond to a breach when one occurs.
  • 62% expressed no confidence in their ability to respond to a breach, and of the respondents who do have a response plan in place, 30% of them stated that it is flat out worthless when responding to a breach.

If these stats make it seem like data breaches are ultimately inevitable for any company regardless of how much they prepare, that’s because they are. The general consensus of the panelists was that if your company hasn’t experienced a breach before, it will. This is largely due to the growing level of sophistication of the hackers responsible for breaches, who have evolved from teenagers with an illegal hobby to full-scale operations that are funded by criminal organizations or, in some cases, governments. Since the threat itself has evolved, the ways we prepare and respond need to evolve as well.

A breach response plan is just as important as a prevention plan.

Due to the increasingly high probability for any company to experience a data breach, the panelists stressed the importance of having an effective breach response plan, in addition to the measures you take to prevent breaches from occurring. To a degree, how companies respond to a data breach can sometimes be even more important than how they  work to prevent them in the first place, due to the fact that breaches are so prevalent. To make matters worse, a breach response plan is something that is often overlooked or neglected altogether by many companies.

“Human beings are not perfect computers.”

While companies can have solid security policies and practices in place, they will not amount to much if their employees aren’t educated about them, or abide by them. Another key point made during the discussion was that “human beings are not perfect computers,” and that as employees and consumers, we all need to become better educated about the specific security risks that we face on a daily basis. This requires effort both on the parts of the employees themselves, and the organizations they work for.

This is somewhat of a paradigm shift from the “traditional” line of thinking, where the burden of security protection is almost always placed solely on companies, and not on the consumer (I touched on this same thing in this Data Privacy post from August). As I wrote about then, and as the panelists discussed at this event, as consumers and responsible employees we need to become educated about both our personal data security as well as the security of our organizations. In reality, companies themselves can only handle so much of the burden of keeping data secure from breaches; it requires education and vigilance on the part of the employee as well.

The threat is continually evolving, so we need to continually adapt.

My final and biggest take-away from the discussion also pretty well summarizes and ties together all of the previous points: Not only will the threat of data breaches always exist, but it will continually evolve with the technology as well as those who can profit from compromising a company’s data. Furthermore, as consumers we continually desire to be more and more connected, and we want to interact digitally more than ever before. These two factors point even further to the huge need for both companies and individuals to be continually learning and adapting to these trends, or risk the consequences. And as the panel closed with, therein lies the real challenge.

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Ben Hatton Client Focus: Bartholomew County, Indiana

At Data Cave we take great pride in creating success stories for our clients, as we partner with them for their disaster recovery and colocation solutions at our data center. While every organization is unique, we are happy to share these stories with you so you can learn from their experience. We recently created a client case study about one of our many great clients: Bartholomew County, Indiana. We are making the case study available as a free download!Bartholomew County Case Study

As a local government IT department, Bartholomew County faced numerous challenges that made their goal of ensuring 100% uptime difficult to fully realize. When a major flood struck in 2008, the need for disaster recovery moved to the forefront, and they began a working partnership with Data Cave.

In this case study you will learn their story:

  • The unique challenges they faced
  • Their key disaster recovery goals
  • How Data Cave  helped them to realize and  achieve those goals

To access the case study download, click the below link and you will be taken to the download page.

 

Bartholomew County Case Study

 

We encourage you to read the study and think about any similar challenges that your business may be facing right now. If their story sounds familiar, then we encourage you to learn from their experience and contact Data Cave to discuss disaster recovery solutions for your business!

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Ben Hatton 3 Keys to Business Continuity Planning

We are excited to release our new “3 Keys to Business Continuity Planning” whitepaper! This whitepaper looks at several different areas that all play a role in putting together a business continuity plan, and it can serve as a good starting point for your continuity efforts. Business Continuity whitepaper cover

Business Continuity planning may involve a high level of complexity, but it doesn’t have to be as daunting as you think. In the whitepaper we break the planning process down into the following 3 areas:

  • How to put together immediate and long-term response plans for different types of risks your business faces.
  • Identifying the needs of your employees, and where they can work from if your main location isn’t usable.
  • Understanding how your data and server colocation factors in to your business continuity plan.

Since Business Continuity is essentially a backup plan against the different types of risks your business faces, it is important to keep these risks in mind during the planning process, as well as your employee and data needs. We hope this whitepaper helps you with your continuity planning!

You can access the whitepaper download page by clicking below:

3 Keys to Business Continuity Planning

 

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Ben Hatton SPARK Columbus Event Hosted at Data Cave

Data Cave recently teamed up with the Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce and IUPUC to host the second ‘SPARK Columbus’ event! The large gathering was hosted at Data Cave on September 25th, and had a great turnout of over 80 people. The event showcases local business leaders in the Columbus community, giving them a platform to share their stories and entrepreneurial experiences. It was incredibly rewarding to have such good company at our facility, and to hear their stories!

Our CEO Angie May was the keynote speaker at the event, and she shared many insights into the story behind the creation of Data Cave as well as our sister company, Analytical Engineering, Inc. Angie stressed that a little bit of patience and a lot of tenacity will go a long way in helping to ensure that any entrepreneurial endeavor is a success; it was definitely an inspiring speech!

The SPARK event also showcased 2 other local entrepreneurs who are innovating in their respective fields:

Matt Barr, Co-owner at ClearWave Interactive

Terri Caldwell, CTO at SafelyFiled

It was very exciting to hear from them, and learn about each of these unique new businesses as well!

Here are a few photos from the event:

Data Cave signage and swag Angie speaks at the SPARK event
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For more photos of the event, check out the Chamber’s Facebook album.

 

We would all like to thank the Chamber and IUPUC for working hard to put on this great and engaging event! All of us were honored to host it at Data Cave, and we look forward to attending more of them in the future!

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Ben Hatton Buy vs. Build: The evolving case for Colocation

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Colocation continues to be the ideal option for businesses evaluating their data center needs. (Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)

I came across a great article that was recently written for Forbes, that looks at some of the reasons that colocation is increasingly becoming the ideal option for businesses, as opposed to building or modifying an existing internal data center. This is a topic that we’ve talked about quite a bit at Data Cave (check out our Choosing a data center: build vs. buy post from 2012), and it is becoming more and more relevant for IT departments in every industry. The Forbes article (which you can read here) shows that the data center landscape has changed dramatically even in the last few years, so I really wanted to emphasize what my biggest take-aways were from it that apply to our industry.

How data is created and used has spawned the need for greater density and efficiency in data centers.

There are exponentially more Internet-connected mobile devices  (for both personal and business use) out there than ever before, and the number continues to grow. The people who use these devices expect connectivity to data on a wide range of web services that is fast and always available. In addition to using data, these devices are also constantly creating and sending data as well.

This has spurred the need for increased scalability and growth of data centers, since they are ultimately where all of these communications are processed. Modern data centers are becoming larger, while at the same time adapting new technologies that allow for higher density computing than ever before (essentially handling larger workloads in the same or less space). This is the direction that the industry is moving in, and it is a model that traditional data centers really aren’t able to support without significant investment.

Higher density computing requires scale and redundancy, which in turn requires investment. 

Building a data center infrastructure that is scalable and that allows for high density computing requires a very high level of capital investment, a level that the writer states is “well beyond the budgets of most IT organizations.” We couldn’t agree more with this statement; for a data center to be able to scale and keep up with these new types of workloads, significant up front and ongoing investments are required. Everything from the data center’s physical size, server room layout, power distribution, cooling, and more have to be implemented with high levels of redundancy and scalability in mind. All of this requires an investment level that will far surpass the IT budgets for almost any company that isn’t actually in the business of being a data center provider.

Buy vs. Build: Colocation just makes sense

When addressing the buy vs. build question in the article, the writer makes a strong case for why colocation just makes sense, compared to building or modifying an existing internal data center. Here are a few of the highlights:

  • Even if a business opts to invest in building and operating their own facility, it still most likely wouldn’t be as efficient, secure, or redundant as a colocation provider who specializes in data center services.
  • Colocation providers can provide better connectivity options, higher levels of uptime and redundancy, and lower up front and recurring costs than investing in your own data center.
  • To borrow a line from Greyhound, the writer believes that “Leave the driving to us” can be a good tagline for colocation providers as well.

These notions are ones that we have felt strongly about at Data Cave for a long time. While we believe that colocation has always been a better option than building your own data center, the rapid changes in the IT industry are showing the benefits of colocation even more clearly than ever before. If the Buy vs. Build question has been on your mind recently, we encourage you to contact us to discuss the benefits of buying over building in more detail!

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