We’ve all seen the headlines. Despite FISMA, FedRAMP, and the NIST Cybersecurity Framework, Federal cyberattacks continue to mount. National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, particularly during a year when the Federal government experienced cyber attacks resulting in unprecedented data loss, is the perfect time to consider data protection architectures.
Agencies are working to achieve mission resiliency, but need to think carefully about an architecture that will do the job.
To borrow Federal CIO Tony Scott’s analogy about securing legacy IT infrastructure, you can’t put airbags on a ’65 Mustang. “The ’65 Mustang was a great car but it wasn’t designed for airbags,” he said. “If you try to retroactively put them in, it’s going to be ugly and nobody’s going to be happy with the result. We have exactly that situation — not just at OPM but in a whole bunch of other places, as well.” (Federal Times)
Developing a modern protection storage architecture is a key step in the journey to mission resiliency, bringing together three crucial components to advancing data protection initiatives – storage, data source integration, and data management services.
This new architecture reduces the time it takes to deliver services and applications, helps organizations innovate, and allows them to scale operations. A modern protection storage architecture also allows the agency to take advantage of cloud computing, virtualization, and mobility initiatives.
Next-generation architecture begins with the understanding that data protection and data integrity are critical attributes in a dynamic new infrastructure – a thread running through every element of the architecture.
Organizations must make sure they have an environment that is architected to enable stability, scalability, and central management, eliminating silos of backup technology. They must develop a unified data protection infrastructure.
Backup features are directly integrated with applications in a modern architecture, and these backup, recovery, and archiving features have a contextual understanding of what an organization is trying to do with an application.
Rationalizing the product set avoids having too many solutions managing the architecture and simplifies the effort. Putting a single pane of glass in place to allow for centralized control, reporting, alerting, and policy management provides efficient oversight.
Organizations must also ensure that they have accurate scalability and capacity planning. In the end, data protection architecture of the future is platformed or horizontal – not siloed. By making this critical change, agency data protection will no longer resemble an “Accidental Architecture.”
This is the first blog in a three-part series on modern data protection. Next time, we’ll look at the security benefits of a hybrid cloud environment.
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