You’ve probably been backing your computer content on an external hard disk. You should use external hard disks, but that’s not enough. Cloud-backup services are usually the best means to put your valuable information in an off-site repository, which will never go offline. But when you outsource your backup storage to the cloud, you are basically giving up control of your data, and it is natural to ask yourself whether you can trust this services to protect your data.
The only way to know whether or not you can trust cloud-backup service is to know what your chosen provider is doing to keep your data safe and private. The devil is always in the detail when it comes to choosing a provider. So whether your choice is Amazon web services, Microsoft Azure, Dropbox, Google Cloud Platform or whatever provider you find out there, the key is to understand their level of encryptions, VPN, firewalls, and AI. Each of these providers will want you to feel confident, but it’s always good to keep an eye on each one of them and determine the best for your business.
The level of Encryption
Cloud backup services often have a multi-layered security which often means high-grade encryptions.Typically, providers will offer at least three based level of encryption; go to cloud, from the cloud and the rest in the cloud. A secure cloud back up will have encryption for in-transit built. Each provider will employ some kind of encryption methods; therefore hackers will not read the stored data without having a proper key, so the only one who holds the key is the provider. So yes, you can trust that the level of security provided by cloud backup services, but it is always good to research how your data is secure when it’s sent to the cloud.
Encryption of data before back up
If you have reasons to believe cloud is more trustworthy than your provider, then, why not add some additional level of security? Perhaps by encrypting your data before it’s backed up. Use software such as axCrypt or CertainSafe; these will enable you to create your lock to which you only hold the key. However, stay aware that data recovery service, may be more difficult, costly and complex from encrypted devices if ever required.
Use VPN additional features
Another option would be a VPN, which protect your data when it’s going to the cloud. Most providers will offer VPN as an additional feature, so you may have to pay something extra for this added level of security. Using VPN does not necessary means you cannot trust cloud backup services, it’s just an additional level of security on your end.
Pay attention to Firewalls
When you are thinking about security measure, firewalls are important for protection against intrusion from outside hacker. Importantly, it can protect the access of unauthorized data from those within your organization or those with easy access to your files. Always pay attention to the level of firewalls. Ensure you have multiple levels of authentication. Add some security questions, and reduce access to a few people, this way, sensitive data is only accessible to those who need it for the right purposes.
Creation of your network of authentication will depend on your service, but the cloud interface generally makes things a little easier. Amazon Web Service, for instance, has a management console, where you can set multi-factor authentication and you can easily management permission. Google Cloud Platform has a cloud identity portion which can also allow you to manage permission. It all depends on the services you choose, but it is always a good idea to consider this aspect.
To simply put it, files on reliable cloud services are secure, there are basically three levels of copies stored on a different place, and for data to disappear, you will need to have all the three copies disappear at the same time for you to lose your data. So, yes, you can trust cloud-based services, but you also need to take care of your credential or do some back up yourself. Purchase your encryption software if you have to, send information using VPN, pay attention to firewalls, but more importantly chose a provider who will offer you services and level of security that that will suit your business needs.