Charles Burger, Global Director of Assureon Solutions, Nexsan, a StorCentric Company

“In 2021, cybersecurity will remain at the forefront of virtually every data center professional’s mind as increasingly aggressive and rampant ransomware, and other bad actors, continue to attack not only onsite production data but every possible copy, wherever data resides. In 2021, it will be therefore critical that organizations step-up their cybersecurity game with data security, protection, and “unbreakable” backup solutions that not only serve to protect against an attack, but in the worst-case scenario – ensure the ability to recover and maintain uninterrupted operations.”

JG Heithcock, GM of Retrospect, a StorCentric company 

“This year, organizations have been busy responding to the rapid shift to remote work and the cyber risks that were heightened as a result of bad actors using the pandemic as a catalyst to continue carrying out their crimes against organizations through phishing, malware distribution, false domain names, and other attacks on teleworking infrastructure. With a distributed workforce, organizations of all sizes and across industries have relied on email to maintain business continuity, especially in a world that was already trending towards a greater adoption of flexible remote working opportunities. Unfortunately, email attacks have risen and will likely continue to increase, making them prime targets for enacting cyber crime, especially if providing information about COVID-19 testing, resources and research. 

While we continue to navigate the uncertainties of the pandemic in 2021, it is important to reiterate simple steps to avoid or minimize attacks on businesses: Identify suspicious senders, exercise caution before clicking on links or opening attachments, and instill a backup strategy that utilizes the 3-2-1 backup rule. A strong 3-2-1 backup plan includes having at least three copies of your data across multiple locations: the original, a first backup stored onsite and a second backup located offsite. Although the new year will certainly bring new risks, we have the tools to build a foundation that actively protects us from them.”