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Business Continuity and the Cloud
Lucrecia V. Fuentes
November 26, 2018
Mr. Denis Brookers
Definition ofBusiness Continuity and Disaster Recovery in the Context of the Cloud
According to Randeree, Mahal & Narwani (2012), business continuity is the ability of an
organization or a company to maintain important functions during and after the occurrence of a
disaster. Through a business continuity planning, risk management procedures and processes are
established which are aimed to prevent mission-critical services interruptions and to reestablish
immediate full functions of the organization. Cloud disaster recovery (CDR) is a strategy that
involves backing up, storing and maintaining electronic copies in a cloud-computing
environment as a measure of security (Kaura & Lal 2017).
The Importance of Disaster Continuity and Disaster Recovery to the Function of the
The main goal of disaster recovery in the cloud is to provide the organization with a way
of recovering data and implementing failover in an event of a natural catastrophe or man-made
disaster. Both businesses continuing planning and Disaster recovery are essential parts of overall
risk management for the organization. Some risks that exist in the organization cannot be
eliminated and therefore the implementation of business continuity plans and cloud disaster
recovery prepares for potential disruptive events that might occur within the organization. In
addition, disaster continuity and cloud disaster recovery are important because they provide the
organization with a detailed strategy of how the business will survive and continue immediately
after disasters and severe interruptions.
Identification of Risks That Can Be Transferred To the Cloud Provider Based On
the Functions of the Business
Risk assessment is defined as a systematic process of evaluating all possible risks which
might be involved in a planned or and undertaking activity(Aven & Renn 2009).The risks that
can be transferred to the cloud provider include reduced risks of losing data, access of data by
unauthorized personnel, risks of data deletions, visibility and control among the consumers,data
leakages and incomplete date deletion as a result of transferring data over different devices. The
reduced visibility and control occur during the process of transacting assets or operation to the
cloud as organization losses control over the services.
New Risks Associated With Using Cloud Services Based On the Functions of the Business
The new risks associated with using cloud service are credentials can be stolen easily,
Increased Complexity Strains IT Staff, insider abuse of authorized access and loss of stored data.
Data stored in the cloud can be stolen. For example, if an attacker gains access to users cloud
credentials through hacking or other means, the attacker can still have access to CSP’s services
for the provision of additional resources. Furthermore, the attacker can influence the resources of
cloud computing. In addition, if the attacker has an access to CSP administrator’s cloud
credentials, may be in a position of using the credentials to access systems and data of agency
(Khan & Hamlen, 2012. Data stored in the cloud can be lost as a result of malicious attacks,
accidental deletion or physical catastrophic like fire and earthquake. Furthermore, loss of the
data can lead to permanent loss of customer data. The risks of straining IT staff and the
organization may end up losing skilled and experienced employees in the process. Furthermore,
straining of IT staff creates a room for errors.
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