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Recovery & resilience: Is your organisation really prepared?

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Breakfast Meeting - 08:00am to 10:30am

Recovery & resilience: Is your organisation really prepared?

It’s a truism that cyber security is not sufficient on its own. No organisation can be 100% confident that they are secure against cyber threats. It is just as important, perhaps more so, to have a plan to manage events when things go wrong.

Cyber recovery strategies need to have a number of elements. Processes to limit damage as soon as trouble strikes should be put in place. Internal and external communications need planning in detail. And resources to enable forensic examination of how an incident happened are essential if you want to prevent future breaches.

But at the heart of a recovery strategy is the need to be able to get back to normal. To repair any damaged data and systems. To get up and running again as soon as possible so that “business as usual” can be achieved.

The theory is that this should be simple now that so many organisations have embraced cloud computing. And large cloud computing suppliers such as AWS and Microsoft Azure have indeed de-risked business to an extent, providing tight security and comprehensive back-up systems.

These are undoubtedly excellent services. However, total reliance on them can be dangerous.

Companies using major cloud providers have had their data stolen. And implementing data back-ups from major cloud providers isn’t always as simple as expected. In fact there are a number of problems with putting all your back-up “eggs” in one basket:

  • Restoring data from back-ups on shared cloud platforms can be tricky without expert help

  • Managing major cloud service providers can be difficult as they are understandably inflexible in the way they work

  • There are risks associated with using any cloud service, and it is important to understand and manage these risks, and not assume that size equals safety

  • Automated cloud back-ups can automatically import malware, leading to problems when the back-up is needed, unless back-ups in depth have been implemented

  • A dispute with your only cloud service provider can be very embarrassing

This breakfast will explore how organisations can develop strategies for managing cloud computing more effectively, how they can free themselves from over-reliance on a single cloud supplier, and how they can avoid complacence when that supplier is a large and well established organisation.

The questions we will explore

During the meeting we will focus on questions such as:

  • What are the pros and cons of cloud services and cloud back-ups?

  • How can you decide between public cloud, private cloud and hybrid approaches that include on-premises physical systems?

  • Why is having a detailed recovery plan a key strategic imperative, even when you are using a cloud provider?

  • What are the obstacles to recovery when a single cloud provider is used?

  • Why is back-up in depth such an important tactic?

  • How can you best manage your cloud provider, ensuring that they work for you rather than for their other customers or themselves?

  • How can you build true resilience into your cloud computing strategy?

Who is invited?

CIOs, CISOs, Heads of IT, IT Directors, CTO’s, CDOs, & Heads of data at large organisations (1000 plus employees) in any industry sector.

Successful companies will ensure that their IT systems use cloud computing in the most effective way without becoming over-reliant on it. They will be confident that they are working with experts who can navigate safely around the pitfalls that cloud computing can represent. And they will plan for major data breaches and be confident that the way they respond will restore them to normal functioning with as little delay as possible.

Be one of 12 senior business professionals around the table at The Savoy Hotel who will all bring their expertise to bear to analyse cloud computing and the way the risks associated with it can be minimised.

This breakfast briefing is brought to you by Business Reporter, in association with Sungard Availability Services, and is only for senior IT professionals as mentioned above. Registrations of junior professionals, consultants, solution providers or other sellers to this market won’t be accepted. For any enquiries, please contact Lace on 0208 349 6458 or email lace.b@business-reporter.co.uk.

This breakfast briefing is free of charge to attend. However if you cancel your attendance less than two weeks prior to the briefing, you will have to provide a replacement of equal seniority otherwise you will be a subject of £150 cancellation fee.

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