How should IT leaders and security think about backup strategy?

Obviously it is important to back-up data, that kind of goes without saying. But the fact is, data is everything at this point: the data we're creating, the attributes about the data, the location of the data, everything we're doing with data is important. Equally important are the analytics that we can do against that data. For example, if you're backing up your laptops, you can very clearly see what files are on laptops and that helps you track down malware, PII, or other exposure. If many people have downloaded the same file, you can go through and find that file and eliminate it. From my standpoint, knowing what's on your endpoints, knowing what's in your SaaS apps, knowing what you have and where you have it is essential. It is not just critical to back it up, but also just knowing what you have and where it is.

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Obviously it is important to back-up data, that kind of goes without saying. But the fact is, data is everything at this point: the data we're creating, the attributes about the data, the location of the data, everything we're doing with data is important. Equally important are the analytics that we can do against that data. For example, if you're backing up your laptops, you can very clearly see what files are on laptops and that helps you track down malware, PII, or other exposure. If many people have downloaded the same file, you can go through and find that file and eliminate it. From my standpoint, knowing what's on your endpoints, knowing what's in your SaaS apps, knowing what you have and where you have it is essential. It is not just critical to back it up, but also just knowing what you have and where it is.
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security should be considered for all elements of IT
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