The Race to Resilience: How F1 isn’t unlike the race to stay ahead of backup and recovery

190 miles in 90 minutes, 6G in the turns and speeds of over 210mph. These are just some of the statistics that make F1 the global spectacle that it is.

All it takes to win is the fastest car and the best driver, right? Not quite. Take the Mercedes F1 team for example. For 7 years, they’ve been the team to beat but this year, they’re facing an evolved Red Bull team with a car and a driver to rival their own star of the show. For the first time since 2013, Red Bull are also leading both the constructors and the drivers’ championship.

 

Why is this, and what’s it got to do with cyber resilience?

We could just assume that their car and their driver are the stronger competitor, but there’s more to it than this. Over those 7 years, Red Bull have been evolving, innovating, and looking for ways to close the gap. In fact, they hold the world’s fastest pitstop ever (1.82 seconds!) for this very reason. In the meantime, they’ve also been working on developing a car and recruiting the right driver to rival Mercedes. In fact, it’s pretty clear that Mercedes have started to slip up. So, some might say that this has left Red Bull with a sturdier racing strategy with greater longevity and chance of success than Mercedes.

But hey, we hear you. You’re not here to learn more about F1, you’re here because you know that the world is undergoing a digital transformation, and this means you need to keep up. You might say, the race is on. Get it now? We thought you might.

 

The race to resiliency

Not unlike F1, the race to resiliency in an evolving digital world is highly competitive and pressurised. It takes agility, consistent development, investment, and commitment to continuous improvement. And, much like a sponsorship, it also requires selecting strategic partners to help you get to where you need to be. With these assets, businesses are in the game, but are they in a position to get ahead? Are they future-ready? Not necessarily.

 

Pitstops

You’ve got the car (the technology), you’ve got the driver (your partners, employees, and stakeholders), but are you practicing? At Predatar, we’d hazard a guess to say that many businesses are perhaps not practicing and testing their cyber resilience strategy as much as they ought to be. Even with the right tools, you’re not guaranteed foolproof cyber resiliency against advancing ransomware. We think an effective disaster recovery plan and continuous testing is the key to sustained success when you’re in the race to cyber resiliency.

But why aren’t businesses doing this more vigilantly? Simply, it’s complex, costly, and time-consuming. But without these investments, businesses will be making the same mistakes as Mercedes. Without practicing and testing on a regular basis, they won’t have the competitive edge they need to because they will not be able to perform effectively enough when it’s most critical to do so.

 

Powering through

This is where automation comes in. By using automation to power resiliency, businesses will be able to greatly limit cost, reduce time and reduce the complexity of regular testing. As a result, when that critical time comes and ransomware takes hold of your important data, your backup and recovery processes will be operating like a well-oiled machine. Ransomware? More like ransom who! (We’ll let ourselves out after that one).

To round things off, if you want the competitive edge for your business’ cyber resilience strategy, contact us for some free advice on how you can quickly supercharge your IBM Spectrum Protect estate. We’re here to keep you one step ahead in the race for resiliency and ready for the finish line.