How Does a Cloud Backup System Guarantee My Data is Being Transferred Securely?
The first concept to understand with regards to secure data transfer is that of encryption. Encryption, is the process of changing information in such a way as to make it unreadable by anyone except those possessing the key. The decryption key allows a program to change the information back to its original, readable form. This is the core of keeping your data safe and secure.
After selecting files for backup, the cloud software platform de-duplicates and compresses data in order to reduce transfer time. Data is then encrypted at your site before transmission, and during transmission to your cloud backup service provider, where it remains encrypted. The only key for decryption resides with you, ensuring that the off-premise (cloud) backup and recovery solution is as safe and secure as an on-premise data backup and recovery system.
Since your company data will be transferred via the Internet, the encryption standard used by a service provider is of critical importance. Your service provider should be using the Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) along with FIPS 140-2 certification, which provides third-party validation from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). FIPS 140-2 is the highest level of trusted third party certification available and indicates that the encryption has been implemented correctly in a way which cannot be defeated.
As the business landscape continues to evolve, customers will benefit from our relentless pursuit of the highest industry standards for encryption. In addition to keeping your data secure, providing superior customer service is our number one concern.