Three key mobile backup solutions to keep disaster at bay

By Becky Lawlor

When it comes to your mobile applications, it’s not a matter of if you will face a security threat but when. Threats are more sophisticated and common than ever before, and, unfortunately, they are also more difficult to detect.

In EY’s Global Information Security Survey 2015, 36 percent of organizations claimed that it was unlikely that they would be able to distinguish and catch a sophisticated attack. But a cyber attack isn’t the only reason you need mobile backup. There are actually a lot of ways your mobile application data could be compromised. Even if your mobile platform is hosted in the cloud, there’s no guarantee that you’re fully protected. As such, it’s a best practice for all mobile applications to have a disaster recovery strategy that includes a database backup.

Here are three key mobile backup solutions that will help ensure that your mobile application data is safe and quickly recoverable:

Consider a cloud-hosted solution

Cloud-hosted backup is considered to be one of the most secure ways to store and protect your data. As such, it is quickly replacing older techniques, such as tapes and server backups. By choosing to store your data in this way, you can trust the cloud provider to handle security, updates, redundancy and business continuity, freeing up your IT staff to focus on other priorities. To improve redundancy, you can also leverage multiple cloud-storage providers across a variety of geographic locations. As the provider absorbs infrastructure costs, cloud-hosted mobile backup is typically more cost-effective. Depending on your security needs, you can choose for your cloud-hosted backups to live in a multi-tenancy, private or hybrid cloud infrastructure.

Deploy data encryption

Data encryption is essential to maintaining the security of sensitive data, but it’s also a good strategy to protect against any kind of data loss. In fact, a backup solution with encryption of the data at rest and in transit prevents unauthorized users from gaining access to your information and therefore minimizes your risk of exposure. While a mobile device management solution (MDM) can be useful to provide data protection through means such as encryption, it’s important to remember that not all of these solutions offer data backup. Be sure to consider this when making your selection. If you’re using a cloud-based solution, you must confirm that encryption keys are not accessible and that the process has been verified.

Maintain consistency

Humans are prone to forgetfulness and error. Automated backups, on the other hand, are fail-proof and can be scheduled to ensure that all critical data is backed up as frequently as necessary to protect against data loss or downtime in the event of a disaster.

Hardware-assisted snapshots, copy management and incremental “forever” backups are all part of maintaining business continuity. Whether you’re using a cloud-based backup solution or an on-premises one, make sure it provides real snapshot backups and not just data mirroring or database replication. By doing so, you can avoid the risk that data is being deleted from the mirrors as well.

A solid mobile backup solution will go a long way in maintaining high availability and ensuring that the process of restoring your mobile application data is a quick and painless one. Because your data is the heart of your operations, it’s crucial that you find a trusted solution to secure this information.

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Becky Lawlor

Technology Writer

Becky Lawlor is a freelance technology writer specializing in mobility, cloud computing, unified communications and collaboration solutions. She develops and writes content that helps technology buyers understand and evaluate technology solutions, modernize their IT infrastructure…

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