In today’s security conscious world, one of the increasingly demanding aspects of IT operations is ensuring compliance and regulatory requirements. With more focus and demand on ensuring that data is protected, secure, and resilient, organizations today are feeling the pressure to meet these ever-growing demands regarding business-critical and customer data.

There are many aspects to today’s compliance and regulatory demands that organizations must meet. However, with recent regulatory requirements imposed by the General Data Protection Regulation or GDPR as well as already existing compliance regulations such as PCI-DSS, and then forthcoming regulations on the horizon certainly underscores the need for businesses today to have well-architected infrastructure that helps to bolster the ability to meet both today’s and tomorrow’s compliance demands.

One very important aspect of helping to meet compliance regulations is data protection.

In this post, we will take a look at how data protection solutions weight into the overall capability of an organization to meet compliance regulations.

Why Compliance is a Big Deal

Organizations have had compliance regulations to meet and adhere to for some time now.

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Why is it becoming a more important and crucial aspect of business for organizations today?

For one thing, the penalties for not meeting today’s compliance regulations are much weightier than violations in the past. For instance, with GDPR violations, businesses can be fined as much as up to 4% of their profits for being found in violation of this new regulation. This means that the consequences are much more severe. Today’s compliance regulations are far more penalty driven and organizations must take heed to this.

At their heart, compliance regulations generally have very noble goals as the objective. PCI-DSS certainly has a tremendously beneficial goal of protecting cardholder data from being stolen and ensuring that organizations take the appropriate measures to prevent a breach if at all possible.

The newly enacted GDPR regulation has customer privacy protection in mind and helps to make sure that customers truly are the owners of their data and helps to make sure that businesses are utilizing the processing, possession, and storing of this data properly. All of these objectives are noteworthy and beneficial. However, they do present challenges for businesses looking to properly implement the solutions and mechanisms in place to properly comply with these and other compliance regulations.

Businesses today need to make sure that the mindset is one of both ensuring security of their data as well as complying with the various demands of the ever-increasing compliance demands. One thing is for sure, compliance regulations are not going away. They are most likely going to be more and more important for businesses looking to successfully do business in the modern age of IT infrastructure and digital information.

Why Backups and Data Protection are Important Aspects of Compliance

First off, backup and data protection, in general, are cornerstone aspects of security.

In fact, a data protection plan should be part of the basic framework of any security plan. Security events will happen, and backing up business-critical production data ensures that data is protected and can be restored no matter what event takes place.

Using backup solutions that have the ability and the capabilities to bolster compliance initiatives allows organizations to be able to meet compliance regulations across all aspects of the data plane, including backups. When you think about it, backups of production data are in the scope of data that may contain information that falls within the realm of compliance and regulatory. Having a solution that helps to be able to find specific backups and secures backups as they transit over the wire and when they are at rest on disk are essential functions.

Being able to report and monitor the data protection tasks as they are completed also helps to ensure that data is monitored continuously. Having a modern data protection solution that is able to provide basic and advanced retention allows organizations to have total control over data and when the archived data is pruned from disk. This ensures that data is not kept around unnecessarily on disk for an undetermined amount of time which can create major issues when it comes to knowing where data exists and ensuring that the “right to be forgotten”, such as found in GDPR, can be successfully carried out.

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The European Union GDPR compliance regulations strongly protect individual data ownership rights

Vembu Provides Tools Needed to Meet Data Protection Compliance Demands

Vembu BDR Suite provides organizations with the tools needed to be able to meet today’s compliance demands and those of tomorrow. Vembu provides powerful functionality that allows organizations to protect, monitor, archive, remove, and create advanced retention policies based on SLAs and other business use cases.

With Vembu’s BDR suite, customers have the tools necessary to secure backup data using industry standard AES 256-bit encryption which is used while data is both in-flight across the wire and at-rest on disk. By allowing organizations to successfully be able to meet the demands of 3-2-1 backup best practice methodology, Vembu creates a highly resilient environment for business-critical data so that data is protected and can be managed based on business and compliance needs, and not based on the demands of a disaster!

With powerful reporting in the Vembu BDR console, you can have total control and visibility to the data protection operations across the environment landscape. With both basic and advanced retention capabilities, Vembu BDR Suite provides a single-pane-of-glass interface that allows creating retention policies to roll off data as needed. This ensures that data is not maintained longer than needed, or out of harmony with business SLAs or compliance regulations.

Vembu provides its own secure and scalable filesystem called VembuHIVETM that allows built-in compression, security, deduplication, and many other benefits. It allows companies to have instant data transformations to easily move data between platforms and systems to accomplish business objectives effectively and efficiently. By providing these powerful tools in the box, customers have the tools and capabilities needed to deal effectively with today’s compliance and regulation needs.

Concluding Thoughts

Businesses not thinking about compliance regulations can potentially be setting themselves up for disastrous consequences on the fiscal front as the fines and penalties for being in breach of today’s compliance regulations such as GDPR are not trivial. Compliance should be intertwined with security considerations to effectively deal with protecting, securing, and regulating the data and its accessibility.

Backing up data is a fundamental task that all organizations must take seriously. Done properly, data protection in the form of backups allow not only protecting data, but also securing, monitoring, and controlling the retention of it.

Vembu BDR Suite provides a powerful solution to do this with many great capabilities that allow companies to have all the tools and features needed in one product to effectively accomplish all of the tasks mentioned.

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