It might as well be the first rule of the modern enterprise: Let no data go unanalyzed. If it’s worth collecting, it’s worth exploring. So why is your data backup—a complete picture of everything your users do and how they do it—just sitting there, idly, untapped and unexplored?
The ability to mine this data is the future of enterprise backup—and it’s going to completely change the way your business approaches network and data security.
Establish “normal” and spot the anomalies
Seeing subtle anomalies is the key to stopping the biggest data security threats to the modern enterprise, whether it’s an employee stealing data or a hacker using legitimate credentials to monitor and exfiltrate data. Tapping into the trove of backed-up user data can enable InfoSec teams to take a deeper look at user behaviors—not just what they’re accessing, but what data they’re creating and moving, and how they’re moving it—and set a very specific baseline for “normal.” With this baseline established, things like automated risk identification, advanced search and endpoint monitoring capabilities will instantly reveal actions that deviate from that baseline and alert you to possible risk.
Don’t just see risk—respond to the threat
Visibility is only half the equation. The next generation of enterprise backup solutions will also enable InfoSec to neutralize a potential threat. That means immediately locking down a user’s access when suspicious activity is flagged. But even with complete visibility, differentiating normal and risky behavior isn’t cut and dried—and a one-size-fits-all approach won’t work. You’ll need customizable security settings that let you tailor “normal” to fit each specific user community. Without this flexible approach, you’ll end up with far too many false positives, impeding productivity and spurring user workarounds that only increase risk.
A forward-thinking enterprise backup strategy
So, what does the future of enterprise backup look like? It’s a simple, three-part strategy for data security and risk mitigation:
- Backup all endpoint data—every user, every device, every file, every version.
- Identify risk—spot the anomalies and connect the dots.
- Respond to threats—shut down risky users and get data back, fast.
Code42’s view: the critical capabilities of future-ready backup
The ability to mine your endpoint backup data isn’t a far-off dream—it’s a near-future reality. But the potential of these analytics functionality depends entirely on the quality and comprehensiveness of backup. Getting a complete picture of user data and activity is critical to getting accurate insights on risks and threats.
Not every backup provider is thinking about backup in this way, and as a result, many enterprise backup solutions leave functionality gaps that will frustrate analytics use cases. That’s why at Code42, we’re not only working to deliver new analytics capabilities, we’re focusing on the key backup features that will position an enterprise to fully realize the potential of its backup data:
- Automatic, real-time collection of all user data and activity, regardless of endpoint (Mac or Windows, desktop or laptop)—with consistent performance at the scale of large organizations with tens of thousands of devices and terabytes of data.
- Flexible cloud deployment—essential for scalability. A business must be able to take advantage of the cloud efficiencies that best fits its needs and security requirements, including the ability to retain control of encryption keys, even in a 100 percent cloud deployment.
- Finally, better backup must enable simple, fast data restores that mitigate the costs of an incident. This means user-driven, near-real-time restores of all endpoint data—including settings and preferences—with minimal IT involvement.
Is your backup solution future-ready?