Quick—name the most important factor in backup and disaster recovery. If you’re like most people, you’ll say speed (or the lack thereof). Prolonged downtime is so costly, from wasted productivity to lost sales. Nothing could be worse, right?
Actually, a security gap can be worse. An outage can be inconvenient and annoying, no doubt. But if your backups are stolen or breached, your organization can face a major catastrophe. The focus shifts from recovery to doing damage control as sensitive personal, financial, medical and company data falls into criminal hands.
While many teams understand the value of encryption, they lack the time or skill to implement it appropriately. Weak encryption that can be cracked by cryptanalysis is as bad as no encryption at all—so be sure you’re using best practices.