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Backup/DR - Do You Comply?

Backup and disaster recovery used to simply be good business practices. Now, for many industries, they are a big part of regulatory compliance. More and more data is being collected in every industry and consumer data is big business. Data is more valuable than ever before and how data is managed and protected is increasingly being regulated by law.

When Enron Corporation collapsed financially, it was a wakeup call in the United States that all data, including electronic data, needed better controls for auditing and regulating industries. The Sarbanes-Oxley Act in 2002, which followed the Enron collapse, included requirements for better management and retention of data.

Even before Sarbanes Oxley, however, there were other regulations that sought to begin regulating data. In 1980, the OECD began regulation of data for the increasing economic cooperation of developed nations and the rise of technology use in business.

In 1995, the European Union (EU) enacted the Data Protection Directive to help protect the personal data of individuals. This year, 2018, the EU replaced the Data Protection Directive with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), updating and enhancing those regulations.

In 1996, the United States past the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), which (among other things) increased data protection and regulation on healthcare data, particularly the privacy of individual data.

Beyond these huge sweeping regulations, there are many others built directly into specific industries. These regulations include a range of data protections from data security, data retention, and data (disaster) recovery. Whatever industry you work in, and particularly if you work in IT, you are probably aware of many of these regulations and how challenging it can be to comply, especially when regulations change.  

Fortunately, technology is also advancing to make compliance easier and less costly. Hyperconverged systems like Scale Computing HC3 make infrastructure easier, including backup, retention, and disaster recovery of your data. By natively providing secure backup and DR capabilities, automation, and cloud-based disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS), compliance can be achieved with less effort and cost.

What may make compliance even easier is that there may be funding available to help, depending on your industry. For example, if you are a Medicaid provider, you have specific requirements for disaster recovery and data protection to comply with but there are federal grant programs to assist such providers in achieving infrastructure compliance.

As data continues to become a bigger part of our lives in the information age, we can only expect more regulations in IT for how that data is managed. Be in a better position to manage changing regulations with a modern infrastructure like HC3. A powerful, low-cost, easy-to-use solution like HC3 can eliminate complexities and allow you more time to focus on driving revenues and improving processes.