Information Technology has become ubiquitous. It permeates business processes and sometimes becomes the process itself. Online businesses will be the first to acknowledge the fact that their business is information and they depend on cloud backup technologies for their very existence. Distributed organizations that rely on cloud backup to extend the reach of their databases will also join us in this understanding. IT risk does indeed become business risk.
The IT Policy Compliance Group’s report observed that most organizations lowered business risk by using IT tools including cloud backup and recovery tools. While business risks were defined top-down and related business risks to IT risks, risk priorities were scored on the basis of business priorities. Moreover, the perceptions on risks associated with IT varies considerably with wide spread acceptance that the primary risks are data thefts, internet security threats, business disruption, and loss of inventory.
It follows that there is an overwhelming need for businesses to align business decision making and IT decision making to derive clear benefits. IT personnel developing IT solutions and cloud backup solutions for their organizations should be involved in all tactical and strategic decision making. They must obtain executive buy-in for crucial cloud backup or IT decisions. A 360 degree risk assessment must involve an evaluation of IT risks and its impact on business operations. Stakeholders must take into consideration any cyber attacks and socially engineered data heists that can put the entire organization at risk. There must be a concerted effort to satisfy governmental agencies and legal mandates so that neither cloud backup installations nor business processes are compromised in any manner. Adequate steps must be taken to define enterprise policy and arrive at policy driven solutions for proactive management of the cloud backup and IT solutions. Disparate groups within the organization must be brought together to develop and enforce the policy in compliance with ethical and legal dictates.
To summarize, security policy must be visibly implemented and the language of IT must adapt to the language of business. IT security must be integral to business decision making and silo-thinking must give way to integrated thinking; saving money, time and energy. Procedural controls for compliance must be implemented and vulnerabilities must be assessed to gain a broad understanding of technical risks alongside business risks. Executives must be educated on both operational and procedural aspects of the implementation. IT security postures should not hamper business security postures and vice versa.