Using the cloud ensures business continuity in crisis

Using the cloud ensures business continuity in crisis
Mansoor Sarwar, Regional Director at Sage Middle East.
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Updated 28 May 2020

Using the cloud ensures business continuity in crisis

Using the cloud ensures business continuity in crisis

Business leaders dedicate the bulk of their time to strategizing for growth and longevity by equipping their organizations with the data and technology required to get things done smarter and faster. However, as is often the case, one small crisis like a security breach or a natural disaster can significantly compromise your business data and disrupt business continuity. To ensure your organization is capable of weathering such events with minimum interruption, you need to put proper safeguards in place and develop an effective business continuity plan.

Here are six benefits of moving core business lines to the cloud for business continuity purposes and the contingent risks if you have not already migrated.

Faster recovery time

One of the advantages of operating in the cloud is that you can back up your entire server. All the information, systems and applications are grouped into one software block or to a virtual server for easy recovery. This can be managed in minutes compared to older software with questionable restoration times.

Lower setup and recovery costs

Recovery efforts for cloud-based operations are more cost-efficient to implement and execute than traditional backup methods. Traditional backup involves the relatively expensive step of setting up physical servers at a remote location.

No location ties

Choosing the right physical location for a disaster recovery facility is critical because if the facility is affected by the same disaster, important information may be lost forever. 

With cloud technology, you can rest assured that your backup facility is located in another part of the world if disaster strikes.

Easier recovery of fixed assets

What about the fixed assets of your business — tangible things like desks, chairs, and equipment? You need to give your insurance provider an accurate record of purchasing costs and depreciation to start your recovery process. What if that data is damaged in the event as well? Safeguarding that information in the cloud can ensure quick recovery.

Coverage as the business grows

Compared to physical systems, cloud backup is virtually limitless. As your organization grows, your cloud solution grows with you without risking the additional data workload. In addition to saving money by only paying for the storage space you need, you also have the option of easily adding extra storage.

Better security against cyberthreats

Operating in the cloud enables you to back up and restore your business-critical files in case they are compromised. 

When it comes to physical security of their data and facilities, small and medium-sized businesses can only do so much to prevent breaches.  

On the other hand, cloud software vendors can employ stronger physical security measures at their facilities to ensure data safety.

• The writer is the regional director at Sage Middle East.

Bureau Veritas certifies Aramco for hygiene excellence

Updated 02 December 2020

Bureau Veritas certifies Aramco for hygiene excellence

Bureau Veritas certifies Aramco for hygiene excellence

Bureau Veritas, a company specialized in testing, inspection and certification services, has awarded the “SafeGuard” label to 50 Aramco facilities at different locations in the Kingdom. They include office buildings, schools, public facilities, a leisure center, restaurants, gyms, library, and other places.

Bureau Veritas’ label aims to provide an independent assessment of the preventive measures associated with health, safety and hygiene practices (actions, processes and procedures, and systems and controls).

Aramco received the “SafeGuard” label following a rigorous certification process and field audits across all facilities, examining the implementation of policies and procedures aligned with local regulatory requirements, and good hygiene, health and safety practices, to protect against the risks associated with COVID-19.

The label is based on a series of checklists developed by a group of health, safety and hygiene experts, focusing on the most recog- nized global practices created by the World Health Organization, International Labour Organiza- tion, European Medicines Agency and Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

“Aramco’s motive is to make their stakeholders feel ‘safe and secure’ while visiting these facilities and to assure them that the company has taken all the possible measures to keep them safe and run the operations in a risk-free environment,” a statement from Bureau Veritas said. “Aramco has indeed set an example by being the first in the oil and gas industry to have taken these key steps in Saudi Arabia.”

Hanna Jabbour, director of Bureau Veritas in Middle East (Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria), said: “In the wake of the global health crisis, we have developed the ‘SafeGuard’ label, through which we have the ability to address the new expectations of our society in terms of health and safety.

“The health and safety of our clients, consumers and employees has always been the core concern of our company and has now become an absolute priority in this new normal. Without a doubt, this certification process will contribute to implementing the necessary protection, prevention, hygiene and disinfection measures in Aramco’s office premises.”