A decade ago, infrastructure management was easy. Most of what you had to secure was desktop devices. Maybe there were a few laptops too, but they were few and far between. The power was entirely in the hands of IT.
Smartphones have changed that. Administrators no longer have total control over how and where employees access and work with corporate data, and it’s far more difficult to moderate the apps those employees use. What’s more, remote work – which people are doing with increasing frequency – exposes a business to a host of additional risks.
Public WiFi. Device theft. Mobile malware. The list goes on and on.
Here’s the thing. These devices and the people that use them? They’re as much a part of your business as internal networking and computing hardware. To pretend otherwise is extremely dangerous.
You need to be aware of your mobile workforce. You need to have eyes on what applications they’re using and how those applications interact with your data. You need to know where your data is at any given time.
Traditional disaster recovery methods aren’t enough for this. They’re more focused on the data that’s already within your network – the files that reside on your office computers and servers. Too often, they fail to capture the data residing on other devices, like smartphones, laptops, or wearables.
To address this, there are a few things your organization needs to do:
- Install an enterprise mobility management solution. This platform should have the capacity for both mobile application management and mobile device management, as well as the ability to manage wearable technology like smartwatches and smartglasses.
- Use an EFSS platform to manage critical files. An enterprise file synchronization and sharing solution with digital rights management technology that allows IT to control and monitor how and where your files are accessed not only helps with compliance, but also ensures that it’s easier to recover your data in the event of infrastructure failure.
- Look into cloud disaster recovery. If your infrastructure fails, it won’t just be data you’ll need to restore – you’ll need backup hardware, too, especially for mobile employees who require a high level of availability. Liberty Center One provides everything you’ll need to that end with our Cloud Recovery service. Offered in tandem with our SWAN DR, we provide both on-demand and mirrored recovery, and can tailor our solution to your exact requirements.
- Don’t forget about traditional DR. Don’t get me wrong – mobility demands a new approach to disaster recovery, but it doesn’t completely negate the importance of traditional DR tools. What your business needs to do is seek a solution that can cover all its bases – every device and form factor your employees use.
Mobility has changed IT – but it’s been around long enough that it’s high time you adapt. In addition to changing how you approach disaster recovery, you also need to change how you approach both application and infrastructure management. With Liberty Center One as your host, that’ll be easier than ever.
Contact us today to see exactly how we can help your business thrive.
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