Cloud-based DR to reinforce healthcare: New Normal

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Businesses in different regions around the world have faced various disasters. Such disasters raise concerns about data protection and the normalcy of business. Owing to the server overload and less frequent maintenance, the existing pandemic world needs to be prepared for such disruptions. The majority of the industries are revising and reworking on their existing data protection, data availability, and disaster recovery (DR) plan.

But the healthcare sector is the principal among all others, that takes important steps in making every possible update to protect data now and in the future. Healthcare is an industry that is in great need of cloud-based DR, though DR provides the ultimate approach for most organizations, healthcare needs to protect both business and patient data.   Business continuity, as well as time and money-saving, can be ensured with the help of DR in the cloud. The primary advantage of cloud-based DR is the capacity to use offsite backups that are invaluable in the event of an artificial or natural disaster affecting company location data.

As a result, DR also serves to maintain IT costs as low as possible and eliminate the difficulty that otherwise would have been required to manage on-site DR sites both crucial considerations for healthcare organizations. Many corporations still depend on a virtual private network (VPN) when using cloud-based DR. However, VPNs have certain disadvantages when it comes to security and DR, especially given the fact that they are very complicated to configure and increase the risk of a healthcare organization by requiring everything including dedicated routers to access control lists and firewall policies.

VPNs often generate fearsome security issues that healthcare companies may be uncomfortable with because users have access to a portion of the network that delivers an unsecured surface of attack. VPNs cannot also reduce these surfaces of attack, as networks are hardly kept safe without segmentation at the application level. Software-defined parameters or SDP is a safer and optimal substitute for a VPN.

SDP allows the healthcare sector to keep the overhead low and store data cost-effectively, saving money by not having any physical infrastructure maintenance i.e. SDPs allow healthcare companies to take advantage of DR in the cloud even when enhancing deployments on-site as well as cloud-based. SDP makes this possible with certain features, beginning with application-level micro-tunnels which reduce the threat of cyber attacks.

SDP alternatives help in achieving this by setting strong limits on remote users, allowing them to access only specific services that are needed. And SDP doesn’t require the administration of access control lists or firewall policies.

User Datagram Protocol (UDP) is another way in which SDP out beats VPN. Secure connectivity is achieved with UDP through the use of randomly generated non-standard UDP ports for micro-tunnel messages on request.

Cloud experts are now consistently emphasizing the importance of preparing for the worst using a cloud DR plan and regular training of the Cloud DR workforce is the first step in the implementation of the plan.

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