2022 has been an eye-opening year for the cybersecurity space. According to IBM, the average data breach cost reached an all-time high of $4.35 million in 2022. Data breaches at many big players like Twitter, Uber and Rockstar made the headlines, causing widespread panic across the business world. However, it isn’t just large enterprises that have had to face this nightmare. Cybercriminals are increasingly targeting small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) since they believe they can receive sizable sums of money for their efforts while flying under the radar.

This ever-burgeoning cyberthreat landscape will only get worse with ongoing trends such as rapid digital transformation, the growing advent of remote and cloud workloads and the diffusion of traditional network perimeters. According to Statista, the global cost of cybercrime is estimated at $8.44 trillion in 2022. To put that into perspective, if we consider cybercrime as a country, it will have the third-largest GDP in the world after the U.S. and China. Alarmingly, this cost is expected to surge further in the next five years and reach $23.84 trillion by 2027.

Characterized by this tumultuous landscape, the readership of our backup and recovery blog channel reached new heights in 2022. It was incredibly rewarding to see our content on various topics like cyberthreats, cybersecurity and cyber resilience resonate well with our audience. As 2022 ends, let’s look at the 10 most popular blogs of 2022 that had our readers diving deeper into the world of business continuity and disaster recovery (BCDR).

Unitrends’ most popular blogs of 2022

These were the most popular blogs produced by Unitrends in 2022.

#10) Achieving a Geo-Redundant Backup Strategy With Unitrends

With cybercriminals increasingly targeting backup data, having a geo-redundant backup strategy is becoming critical for enterprises. On that front, a 4-2-2 system (4 copies, 2 formats, 2 stored off-site) is more potent than the conventional 3-2-1 backup rule. It empowers your organization to balance retention requirements, recovery needs and expenditures flawlessly.

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#9) What Are Insider Threats? Definition, Types, Indicators, Examples and Prevention

Insider threats are one of the primary attack vectors that organizations face today. Since they are often difficult to detect, thanks to the insider’s familiarity with enterprise systems and valid authorization, insider threats often go undetected for months or even years. Organizations must have better clarity on which insider actions can be deemed a threat.

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#8) Ransomware Recovery: Options and Best Practices

With the ransomware menace growing more considerable, the question of the hour is not “if” a ransomware attack will occur but rather “when.” It’s becoming crucial for organizations to integrate ransomware recovery into their cybersecurity strategies to bolster their recovery capability in the event of a ransomware attack.

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#7) Backup Strategy: What It Is and How to Create One

A robust data backup strategy is imperative for businesses in this current, ever-evolving cyberthreat landscape. An optimal end-to-end backup plan will enable you to retrieve and restore data swiftly and ensure business continuity in the event of a cybersecurity incident.

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#6) Your Guide to Cyber Liability Insurance and Data Protection

Since no business is immune to cybercrime, cyber liability insurance is essential to any risk management strategy today. Cyber liability insurance that is customized to your organization’s needs can offer many benefits, including business interruption loss reimbursement, coverage beyond a liability policy, and forensic and legal support.

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#5) CIS Controls: What They Are and How They Are Used

The CIS Critical Security Controls (CIS Controls) is a set of cybersecurity best practices that help an organization prevent the most pervasive attacks and ensure compliance in today’s threat-laden environment. Utilized by thousands of small and large enterprises, CIS Controls can largely minimize the risk of data breaches, IP thefts, corporate espionage and other cyberthreats.

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#4) Backup Planning: The Complete Guide

It goes without saying that data is the lifeblood of modern enterprises, making data backup planning critical for them. Having a reliable data backup plan will help businesses ensure business continuity in the event of a cybersecurity incident. Factors like risks, costs, frequency and accessibility must be considered while devising a data backup plan.

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#3) Information Assurance: Defined, Explained and Explored

Increasing cybercrimes in the post-COVID-19 era have highlighted the significance of becoming cyber resilient. Information assurance is a vital component of information security, which assures that the exposure to and impact of cyberthreats for an organization are reduced by working within multiple frameworks like industry regulations, compliance, risk management and organizational policies.

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#2) Snapshots vs. Backups: Which Is better?

Snapshots and backup are two popular ways of securing digital assets. While both seem to “copy” the data, they are not the same, and treating them as such could put your data at high risk.

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#1) Data Encryption: How It Works and Methods Used

Data encryption protects sensitive information from unauthorized individuals by scrambling ordinary text into a ciphertext, which is impossible to read without the proper decryption key. Most of your online activities, including online banking, email and online shopping — or even the website you’re currently reading this article on — all use encryption.

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Here Are Some Unitrends 2022 Resources Too Good to Miss

Here are some popular resources that people checked out the most.

4 Steps You Need to Take to Fully Protect All Your Clouds

With traditional network perimeters diffusing across on-premises, remote endpoints, and various cloud and SaaS applications, organizations must know how to protect their environment without enduring overwhelming complexities or coverage gaps. This checklist will help you devise a single recovery architecture that is agile and complete enough to cover all workloads across diverse environments, and yet simple and intuitive enough to manage from a single interface.

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Building a Framework for Cyber Assurance

This eBook provides insights into cyber assurance framework building, cyber liability insurance considerations, and business continuity and disaster recovery (BCDR) solutions’ key capabilities. It also explains how Unitrends Unified BCDR helps you comply with your cyber liability insurance policy.

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The Incident Response Planning Guide

This eBook guides IT pros and teams to create an efficient incident response plan amid an ever-evolving threat landscape.

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Tech Trends and Insights Survey Report

This survey report analyzes the state of preparedness of small and midsize businesses (SMBs) and midmarket enterprises (MMEs) on various aspects regarding the transition to an agile and hybrid work culture.

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Thanks for another great year at Unitrends! See you in 2023!

We want to extend our sincere gratitude to all our customers and readers. It has been a challenging year, but we’ve weathered the storm together. Let’s keep it rolling into 2023 and strengthen our cyber realm together by forging an alliance against the bad guys. May the force be with us!

About Adam Marget

Adam is a Technical Specialist on the Unitrends marketing team supporting digital and in-market events. Over the last 4 years with Unitrends, he has been delighted at the opportunity to work with customers, prospects, and partners alike to help solve challenges around data protection and business continuity. Adam joined Unitrends in 2016, bringing with him experience working with variety of manufacturers’ technology from edge to core as a coworker from national IT solutions provider CDW.