In recent years, much progress has been made in IT security to guard against cyber threats for companies running IBM i – especially with protections such as: threat detection and access management software. Yet these troubling issues still cost businesses upwards of $8 trillion a year. That’s serious money! Just ask the IT managers at Boeing, which was the victim of the WannaCry ransomware attack last year, disrupting operations for the global aircraft manufacturer.
The Risks with IBM i
Although the IBM i is generally very secure, attackers can always find an entry point. Specifically, on the i, attackers often gain access through authentication processes, IFS File shares and open session requests, and inject malicious files that can spread to other systems on the network.
How can you protect your IBM i from Cyber Threats?
Experts agree that Disaster Recovery-as-a-Service (DRaaS), can significantly mitigate downtime from cyberattacks. Often employed to reduce unplanned downtime and data loss from other causes, DRaaS can be a major ally in warding off cybercrime. DRaaS not only inhibits cyberattacks, but it can also speed up recovery with limited loss of data (often a few hours). In the event that a breach happens, the system can be quickly rolled back to an offsite backup – reversing the damage that may have occurred.
More Efficient Deployment of PTF’s
Regularly installing PTF’s for your IBM i Series is already a significant factor in preventing cyber infiltration. As such, employing DRaaS can help a business to test and deploy these fixes more efficiently. Using a ‘test bubble,’ it creates a platform where systems can be recovered, PTF’s can be applied, and compatibility can be validated. It’s safe because the ‘test bubble’ limits the opportunity for a “bug” to cause harm to vital systems.
In short, relying on DRaaS is infinitely smarter and less costly than having to pay ransom to recover valuable data. Whereas traditional disaster recovery might take 24 hours, with DRaaS, you’re looking at a few hours. It’s a no-brainer!
The disaster recovery and cybercrime experts at CloudFirst can provide you with details of how DRaaS can be an effective, low-cost shield against the current wave of cybercriminals targeting businesses today. Contact us for a consultation and we’ll get started protecting your critical data today.