When it comes to backing up and have secured data, you want to be in control. Most of us have heard that data can be leaked, accidentally or not, or can be unlawfully obtained by criminals that want to exploit it.
First, to make sure that your data is secured and you have secured data, we need to be sure that local backups can be secured from unauthorized access in case someone gains access to your desktop, laptop, or mobile device. By using the industry-grade AES-256 algorithm, you can be sure that your data is safe. It is very hard to decrypt data secured by this algorithm.
Users can set the encryption algorithm and password that is used for encryption, and the backup agent handles key creation. The password you assign for backup can’t be retrieved, so you need to memorize it. This is actually done on purpose, as this is a proper security approach. In case of a targeted or malware attack, your password won’t be found in the agent/program files, and thus there will be no way to decrypt the backup file(s).
Technologically, the password is also converted through an algorithm into the actual encryption key, so it’s really secure. You, of course, can set different passwords for each backup plan (that means that each backup will be encrypted using different encryption key).
Secondly, secured data can be achieved by cloud storage that you better store backups in an encrypted format. To securing your data, some of us are cautious about our data being stored in the cloud somewhere. There is still an issue of trust, especially after some major security breaches of recent years, like with PSN or iCloud. We understand that this is why we give our users an option to store data on backup cloud in an encrypted form. To encrypt and decrypt your data, the program needs the password, that you specify when you configure the online backup. The process and approach is the same as with a local backup – you need to memorize your password. Alternatively, you can use password manager software, which will do it for you.
Ensure that securing your data goes to secured cloud storage, via a secure channel
We have already covered that all data needs to be encrypted, no matter where it is stored – locally or in the cloud. But it’s also very important to eliminate a chance of data interception during its way to the cloud. This means that the channel to the cloud needs to be secured via SSL.
On the other hand, consists of many data centers distributed across the globe and they are very well secured against various types of attacks. Physical security is ensured via high fences, 24/7 security personnel, and video surveillance with ninety-day archiving. Biometric scans and a proximity key card are required for access. Backup cloud data centers that have secured data are equipped with UPS and backup diesel-generators, and are designed to ensure constant power availability for up to forty-eight hours, to sustain an undefined power outage. In addition, there are redundant HVAC, network, and UPS. The Tier-IV data centers do not interrupt availability for any planned activity, and can sustain at least one worst-case scenario unplanned event and experience no critical impact. With over ninety-nine percent availability, Tier-IV is the highest availability level for any data center on the planet.
Backup data centers are also SSAE 16 certified. SSAE 16 is a framework for a data center organization to have an outside entity examine their internal controls. Compliance-sensitive companies, such as publicly traded enterprises, financial firms, and healthcare organizations, often require SSAE 16 certification. All of this just to make sure that you always have control in secured data.