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Secure your organization’s cloud database with data protection and managed backup

Today’s enterprises generate an overwhelming amount of data daily, much of which is highly sensitive and can be lost without the proper protections in place—and for the most part, lost data leads to lost revenue. Selecting a third-party IT provider with managed database solutions provides businesses with secure cloud solutions for maximum security and accessibility.

Simply put, data protection is securing data from potential dangers such as viruses and malware, theft, data leaks, hardware failure, and weather events. Data protection breaks down further into three separate but related areas:

  • Accessibility.
  • Security.
  • Recovery.

Most companies are well off in one or two of these categories, but companies must excel in all three to avoid losing data.

Types of databases

The silo was the predominant database model for many years. In a silo, access is only granted to members of a particular department within an organization. But the advance of secure cloud computing has introduced two new models. The pool model means that all authorized users within an organization share data. And the bridge model is a mix between a silo and a pool.

Data sharing has dramatically improved efficiency in modern companies. Unfortunately, it has also complicated security for keeping data safe in a distributed work environment.

Diagram of Types of databases - SILO (separate database for each tenant), BRIDGE (Single database, multiple schemas), POOL (Single database, single schema)

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There are several actions an organization can take to secure its sensitive cloud data.

Data protection planning

There are several actions an organization can take to secure its sensitive cloud data.

Identify threats and pinpoint sensitive data

Reviewing current data management procedures before implementing new security protocols is a good idea. For example, what kinds of data does your company use? Where is said data stored? How and when do users gain access? Mapping out how data flows within your organization will assist in identifying where sensitive data is stored and potential risks.

At this stage, list the most pressing dangers to your sensitive data. Every business will have unique risk factors specific to its operations. Ransomware is a significant risk for companies of all types and sizes. But other threats depend on location. Some companies may have a higher risk of natural disasters. Others may have to contend with theft, data leakage, or vandalism. Promptly address the most urgent risks, but plan for lower-priority threats, as well.

Building a security strategy

By prioritizing risks to data, you can begin the process of enacting security measures to address each one. A more secure cloud environment includes end-to-end encryption, Disaster Recovery as a Service, and AI-powered threat detection. A cohesive security plan unifies each of these solutions.

Manage compliance

Many industries must follow strict data compliance regulations overseen by government bodies, HIPAA, and many other regulatory bodies, or risk fines and other penalties. But even if your company does not have to file data compliance rules, such guidelines can be a model for tightening security in your enterprise’s data management.

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Secure cloud data protection solutions from OnX

Managed databases

Gartner reported that 75% of databases would be cloud-based by the end of 2022. A managed database provides many critical benefits, including:

  • Freeing up IT resources and time
  • Improved efficiency and data access
  • Fortified security
  • Cost savings
  • High database reliability and availability

A managed database provider helps your company create and execute data protection and security plans. Additionally, a third-party provider shifts responsibility for data management, security, and oversight from IT to the provider.

OnX migrates databases to a secure cloud environment and manages security, data protection, and ongoing technical support. Additionally, managed databases provide the following:

  • Automatic updates and patch management
  • The expertise of certified database managers
  • Fully encrypted files
  • Regional network redundancies

Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS)

Several managed database solutions like Microsoft Azure already have integrated disaster recovery. However, OnX can seamlessly deploy disaster recovery (DR) systems that help you meet the specific recovery point objective (RPO) and recovery time objective (RTO) that your company needs to maintain operations should the worst occur.

An untested cloud data protection system is not secure. A managed database must be tested at least once yearly, but once per quarter is the recommended amount. During testing, a data protection professional confirms that your sensitive data is safe and can be restored without disrupting business continuity.

Also read: Seven core strategies for cloud disaster recovery solutions

OnX is your trusted managed database partner

Previous generations depended on magnetic tape backup systems. While dependable, these systems were incredibly slow. Now enterprises can rely on secure cloud data protection services to ensure access to data and maintain business continuity.

Managed database solutions from OnX are ideal for many clients, especially those shackled to a legacy data center or with complicated compliance standards to maintain. OnX offers expertise from decades of experience managing on-prem and cloud databases. Our team guides your team through migration, implementation, compliance, testing, and training of employees. Additionally, an OnX-managed database grants you access to the latest technology, advanced threat protection, and custom-designed DRaaS deployment based on your needs.

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