When Clouds Fail
Even the big guys make mistakes from time to time. Fortunately, I’m not talking about us. I’m referencing a memo issued concerning a Cisco product called Meraki, which is used for setting up security networks backed with cloud technology. The memo addresses a system policy change that deleted some information stored to the cloud. This did not disrupt secured systems or the ability to maintain a network, but it affected stored files for managing a network properly. And unfortunately, it’s possible that data recently stored was permanently lost.
This is why it’s important to work with an IT company that understands potential issues in a network set-up. What if the cloud back-up fails? What if the storage isn’t adequate? What happens if the network has a failure… could cloud data be breached? These are things that we address when we establish or maintain a network for a client.
It’s not enough to have an automatic back-up to the cloud storage. It’s not enough to have strong security by itself either. You must have a strong back-up plan for both your network AND cloud storage to be protected. We recommend that the back-up of your cloud be done regularly (daily if possible) and that your back-up be saved to a remote drive that can be accessed in case of emergencies.
Beyond back-ups, attempts to hack cloud information are another strong concern. There’s always going to be imminent threats against valuables. A back-up doesn’t keep information confidential, but it can be restored.
Time spent with a down network due to breaches and lost data equals lost revenue. This is why it’s important to work with IT professionals that understand the value of your business. If you have questions about your network set-up, cloud storage, or cloud back-up, reach out to us at our Contact Page.