A law firm’s livelihood depends upon its reputation among clients. However, this reputation is at risk when client confidence is diminished—whether this be as a result of failed expectations or inadequate due diligence. For this reason, and the rise of a more modern threat landscape, law firms are prioritizing the protection of sensitive information and prevention of downtime now more than ever.
Most firms are investing heavily in preventative IT security by implementing tools and strategies to ensure no one gets unwarranted access to data. However, many of those firms have not modernized the restorative side of their IT security strategy, the portion that ensures you can recover from an incident.
As you’ve been exploring new ways to secure your firm’s IT systems, you may have heard the term “DRaaS” tossed around among your peers. But what does it mean? How does it mitigate risk for law firms?
Disaster Recovery-as-a-Service (DRaaS) is a solution that keeps data safe in a third-party environment to enable the transfer of operations during a disaster event or unexpected disruption. Firms are able to quickly spin up data and systems in a secure, production-grade cloud from which they can run operations, mitigating the risk of downtime and reputation degradation.
To help create a more complete picture of the DRaaS process, let’s take a closer look at its major components:
The process of duplicating data from a production environment and transmitting it to the third party host
Business can resume in a new offsite location with minimal-to-no downtime
Business can return to its normal setup when the time is right
|Onsite and offsite backups protect data and files for retrieval, but it’s not an ideal strategy for recovery. You will lose the data since your last backup and it typically takes days to weeks to restore systems using this option.||DRaaS provides backup-based and replication-based options to store copies of your files and IT systems in the cloud enabling accessibility for the purpose of fast recovery. Many firms are moving backups to the cloud and choosing continuous data protection (CDP) for systems with little to no tolerance for data loss.|
|Outdated infrastructure is at high risk for systems getting out of sync and most firms don’t procure enough resources to run production effectively, making recovery and testing of your solution impossible. Without recurring testing, reliable connectivity during and after an event is unlikely.||DRaaS provides production-quality resources at the DR site that can easily expand and contract depending on how many systems need to be tested or recovered, ensuring you’re never over-spending but are always able to run at full pace on a reliable connection.|
|Effectively, colocating your DR site requires that you spend as much on your DR site as you do on production to keep systems always in sync and fully protected– which means it’s expensive to do it right.||Many firms choose colocation because they have a lot of physical gear, but DRaaS offers solutions with physical and virtual options as well as differing speeds of recovery, to ensure the most important IT systems receive priority attention. This also stretches your firm’s budget.|
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How do you select the right DRaaS provider and service model? What sort of questions should you be asking to ensure you get the best-of technology? Read our “Practical Guide to Disaster Recovery-as-a-Service” to learn more.
Want to hear from a fellow law firm about their selection process? Watch our webinar: “Creating and Implementing Effective Disaster Recovery Practices”
*ALM & Bluelock. “2016 IT Disaster Recovery Planning and Preparedness Survey” 2016.
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