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What New Regulations Mean for Data Backup and Recovery

John Crossno

Whether it’s a natural disaster or a cyberattack, when mainframe systems go down, bringing them back online quickly—while also ensuring no data is lost—is critical. At a time when business decisions are increasingly dependent on real-time, high-quality data, any disruptions can bring operations to a screeching halt, resulting in significant costs and time lost. Not to mention, the exposure of highly sensitive data in a breach can cause long-lasting damage to customer information and even put organizations at risk of violating data regulations as well.

With so much at stake, it’s become more important than ever for businesses to ensure they are adopting the right data backup and recovery solutions to help maintain compliance with internal security guidelines and government regulations, reduce backup times, and keep data accessible while avoiding costly downtime as much as possible.

The Impact of New Regulations on Data Backup and Recovery

It’s no secret that data backup and recovery solutions should be an important part of every company’s mainframe systems. But as new security threats continue to evolve, so too do the government policies meant to prepare for, and fend them off. Take, for instance, the arrival of the Digital Operational Resilience Act (DORA). A piece of European Union (EU) regulation, DORA is bringing major changes to the information and communication technology (ICT) risk management landscape for a vast number of businesses, many of which stretch well beyond the EU. More on the arrival of DORA and its importance for the mainframe industry here. While much of this piece of regulation is focused on spotting security vulnerabilities before they can cause problems, the overall emphasis on resiliency also extends to the need for robust data recovery capabilities as well.

When it comes to backup and recovery, one of the most significant guidelines in DORA is the requirement for organizations to institute a periodic review of their ICT disaster recovery policies and processes. The regulation also specifies technical standards outlining the need for businesses to design their IT infrastructure and business continuity measures in a way that achieves less than two hours of downtime during any ICT-related security incident.

Enhance Your Data Recovery and Backup With Rocket Software

Data is the driving force behind just about everything businesses do. It feeds data analytics, reveals trends and opportunities and fuels better decision-making for business leaders. In an environment where security threats, and the regulations addressing them, are constantly changing, having a trusted set of enterprise storage solutions, backed by deep security and hybrid cloud expertise, is crucial to help avoid disaster and build a resilient data infrastructure.

Rocket Software solutions like Rocket® Enterprise Storage provide tools that enable critical business continuity and resilience for businesses to strengthen their data backup and recovery capabilities. A solution like Rocket® Data Recovery Manager makes it easier to ensure access to vital mainframe data, enabling faster backup times and offering easy-to-use tools that streamline processes for local recovery and disaster recovery. Rocket Software’s solutions also enable point-in-time recovery, automatically analyzing defined applications, creating an overview that can become the central source for recovery planning information and produce a file containing a complete list of data sets required to successfully restore the application at the recovery site. As digital transformation, new regulations and emerging security threats all converge, Rocket Software brings a highly trusted set of solutions that are ready to keep valuable mainframe data safe.

Learn more about how Rocket Software can help strengthen your data backup and recovery.