Curt Gauci is director and co-Founder of Kinetix IT Solutions, a local leading IT Systems Integrator. Kinetix are HP, Cisco, Microsoft, Kerio, Trend Micro and Symantec certified partners.
Maltese businesses assume that they are operating off the radar and therefore exempt from security threats and disasters. Does this argument hold water?
Threats to your company’s critical business data present themselves in various forms; from data leaks, hardware and system failures, human error and viruses to burglary, power surges and blackouts, amongst others! I do not believe that being ‘off the radar’ is an argument that hold ground, as whilst you may believe you are not at risk for mailious targets of data leakage, there are a number of other accidental or otherwise intentional ways that data may fall into the wrong hands, be misplaced or lost and all of these have consequences for any business. When it comes to disasters, although thankfully Malta is not particularly affected by natural disasters, any of the other disasters mentioned here could happen to any firm. International research and reports state that of the companies that lose their data in disaster`s such as these; 90% are out of business within two years and nearly 50% never reopen their doors at all. If this alone does not sound any alarm bells, simply think of the repercussions – the time and money lost should you experience a massive system failure and lose all your business data.
How can a business achieve a high level of preparedness in view of threats and disasters?
In a typical business continuity planning scenario, a disaster would be presented and company leadership would then be challenged with how to best return to business as usual in the aftermath of the event. However in many cases, the emphasis is typically within the technical and data recovery sphere – namely the recovery of the systems and applications that enable the business to continue to operate. At its core, disaster recovery planning is an exercise which focuses on the data centre and information technology components of an organisation, two elements which are now considered mission critical for many organisations very survival.
Unprotected data is a real business risk because data is generally regarded as a company’s first or second most valuable asset, right on par with people. Equally important with backing up data is the ability to recover that same data in a timely fashion to keep your business up and running in the event of a disaster. Specific decisions regarding disaster recovery steps will largely depend on the type of business and its most immediate needs.
Are business continuity and disaster recovery solutions complex to deploy? How cost-effective are these solutions?
Business Continuity and Disaster recovery are a form of insurance to protect your IT assets when a disaster strikes. Just like good insurance, the best business continuity and disaster recovery solutions should provide great protection, with minimum hassle, at a justified cost. At the end of the day the cost of deploying such solutions is nothing compared to the peace of mind you get knowing that your critical business data is secure and there is no risk of loss of productivity and revenue.
For a business, any downtime is translated into loss. What data recovery solutions do you offer?
At Kinetix, we have years of experience in the field and specialise in comprehensive and affordable disaster recovery solutions that offer superior protection of your critical business data and minimise the adverse effects of a major unplanned outage on your business. We are also certified partners of Microsoft and have implemented the Microsoft Hyper-V virtualisation platform, a renowned disaster recovery solution, in some of Malta`s leading companies.
Data and network security are also essential. What data protection and security systems do you offer?
Data Leak Prevention and Security solutions identify confidential data, tracks that data as it moves through and out of enterprise and prevents unauthorised disclosure of data by creating and enforcing disclosure policies. Since confidential data can reside on a variety of computing devices - servers, databases, PCs, point-of-sale devices, flash drives and mobile devices - and move through a variety of network access points there are a variety of solutions that can tackle the problem of data loss, data recovery and data leaks. We work with the client to design a solution to prevent information leaks in case of loss of device, network violations and virus threats, as well as brand defamation due to malicious, inappropriate or fraudulent activity on a network.
Kinetix have been behind some of the largest implementations of disaster recovery and data loss prevention solutions on the island, to what do you owe this success?
If I had to sum it all up the following would best describe how we go about our work: We are Client oriented, We have the right people with the right expertise, We only work with Best of breed products.