Agencies are likely going to be supporting more hybrid work setups than they did prior to the pandemic. With that will come an increased use of collaboration tools such as Microsoft Teams.

At the same time, ransomware attacks have grown so prominent and disruptive that they have risen to the level of a national security concern.

Agencies are backing up more data, and that data is under threat as never before. That puts the onus on federal agencies to strategically back up their data and plan for the eventuality that they might be compromised in a ransomware attack and have their data held hostage or deleted.

Data backup requirements are also evolving, says Salim Ruffin, manager for system engineering at Veeam Government Solutions. “Those requirements are being rewritten because of the threat and the day and age we live in,” he says.

Backup times are longer because agencies are backing up more data and increasingly more videos from tools such as Teams. Organizations want to back up their data not for 30 to 60 days anymore, Ruffin says, but for up to 30 to 60 years.

“You have to protect yourself against that acknowledged internal and external threat as it relates to deletion or data unavailability,” he says. “And, of course, what we have to do and what we provide here at Veeam is the ability to strategize.”

EXPLORE: How can Veeam solutions help your agency back up critical data?

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